Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte is a visual and media artist, independent curator, author, and independent researcher based in Vancouver. She is currently completing a PhD in Communication at Simon Fraser University, studying the impact of cultural policies on BC artist-run centers. In recent years, she has worked as lead researcher / consultant on various sectoral research and community consultation projects commissioned by national and provincial arts service organizations. She has also been involved with the Pacific Association of Artist-Run Centers, VIVO Media Arts Center, and Aphotic Theater as a board member. Mariane has exhibited artistic and curatorial projects across Canada, has contributed articles to a number of artistic and scholarly publications, and has taught several courses at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts.