Byron Peters: Anti-Racist Mathematics and Other Stories

Programmed by Steffanie Ling

ARTIST IN ATTENDANCE! In her speech to the (UK) Conservative Party Conference in 1987, Margaret Thatcher claimed that British children were being taught anti-racist mathematics as part of a new curriculum delivered by “extremist teachers.” In Anti-Racist Mathematics and Other Stories, a series of three speculative educational videos, Vancouver artist Byron Peters attempts to figure this anti-bias pedagogy within the lexicon of our contemporary mediascape. Each episode, visually distinct in its playful didacticism and in the composition of its unreliable narrator, is a thought experiment that oscillates between satirical dramatizations and sincere propositions for a world wherein the equation 10 − 3 = 13 expresses an ideology of sharing, collectivity, and mutuality.

Anti-Racist Mathematics and Other Stories is a series commissioned by VIVO Media Arts Centre that initiated with the exhibition Byron Peters — Before and After the Sixth Radar Conference (VIVO, 2017).

Episode 1 | Byron Peters/Canada 2017. 22 min. DCP
Episode 2 | Byron Peters/Canada 2018. 30 min. DCP
Episode 3 | Byron Peters/Canada 2018. 30 min. DCP

Post-screening Q&A moderated by Stacey Ho, an artist, writer, and curator living on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Ho's practice considers intersections of culture, history, and embodied experience from a feminist perspective.

Co-presented with VIVO Media Arts Centre

Thumbnail: Production still, Episode 2, 2018, courtesy of the artist.
Banner: Video still, Episode 1, 2017, courtesy of the artist.