Artistic Director - GMSM & GA
David Maggs, a former student of Dr. Gary Graham, carries on an active career in both the arts and academia. As an artist he continues to perform as a pianist, has written several works for the stage, has led the development of interarts performing ensemble Dark by Five, is working on his first feature length documentary film, and is increasingly involved in developing augmented reality and new media experiences. He is the founder and artistic producer of Gros Morne Summer Music, a year-round interdisciplinary arts organization based in Eastern Canada. In 2015 he launched Liminus, an interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to the intersections of Arts, Health, Sustainability, Indigeneity, Technology, and the Natural World. Liminus is currently in a proof-of-concept phase working towards the establishment of a year-round research and development institute in Gros Morne National Park. As an academic, David’s focus is on forging a more robust engagement between the arts and sustainability. His doctoral thesis Artists of the Floating World: Art-sustainability relations in the late days of Modernity helped form the basis of Sustainability in the Imaginary World, a SSHRC Insight funded multidisciplinary research initiative. David is a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, UBC, working with John Robinson, and on contract with the Grenfell Office of Engagement.