B.Sc., M.Sc., MA, PhD

Instructional Associate, Spanish
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Humanities

604.986.1911 ext. 7316
Fir Building, room FR 404


PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies), University of British Columbia, 2012.

MA (Latin American Literature), Universidad Nacional Autnoma de Mexico, 2004.

M.Sc. (Satellite Telecommunications), University of Surrey, United Kingdom, 1996.

B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering), Instituto Tecnolgico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Mexico, 1992.


Josema Zamorano (PhD, University of British Columbia, 2012) is a Mexican-Canadian visual artist and interdisciplinary educator. He previously worked as telecommunications engineer.

Either in academia or art making, Zamorano is interested in the various ways we come to understand (interpret) the world through science and technology, poetry, philosophy and visual arts.

I teach Hispanic language and culture, and courses for the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Capilano University. I have taught Methods of Inquiry in the 2nd and the 3rd year of the program, in which we discuss the contemporary social-and-environmental plead for dialogical approaches to the praxis of inquiry. I have also taught electrical engineering, philosophy of technology, and photography.

I often supervise students who are looking to bring into their projects their own experiential relationship to the researched themes, often by mixing things up a bit. For example, art making and systems theory; experiential research and a study of plants; self-understanding and participatory-action interviewing; policy making and cultural recognition; language teaching and movement.

As a means to navigate modern times, I am often investigating the intersections between art and research, play and understanding, identity and co-existence, dialogical knowing and praxis. In my doctoral dissertation, I researched the relationship between identity, poetry, art and technology, in light of existential philosophy (e.g., Martin Heidegger, Jos Ortega y Gasset, Hans-Georg Gadamer) and the poetics of Nobel Laureate Octavio Paz.

As a visual artist, I seek to explore the relationship between visual and textual poetry, photography and painting, art and technology. This has led to the creation of 2D or 3D pieces and installations, which often invite visual, conceptual or spatial interaction.

Incurable Ocano / Incurable Ocean, Pagina en Blando Gallery, Mexico City, 2018.

Everything Flows exhibition, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, 2018.

Un-foldings/Des-pliegues exhibition, Rota, Baha de Cdiz, 2017.

Sandokai: Grasping at Things is Surely Delusion exhibition, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, 2016.

Lost Steps at Jamaa El Fna, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, 2015.

Thirstdays #3: Harbour/Heaven, VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, 2016.

Diffractions of the Local, Back Gallery Project, Vancouver, 2013.