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2008: Project Archivist

University of Guelph

Joel Herman is a visual artist who completed his BFA at the University of Victoria in 2004 and his MFA at the University of Guelph in 2008. His work has been exhibited in Canada at Birch Libralato, Toronto (2007), Gallery 44, Toronto (2006), Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver (2005), Open Space, Victoria (2004), and The Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria (2004).

Between 2002 and 2005, Joel was a volunteer at CFUV community radio in Victoria, BC, where he hosted a radio program dedicated to experimental and improvised music. He has also been active as an improviser, performing percussion in a variety of ensembles in Victoria, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.