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CINEMA PALESTINE

Posted: October 10th, 2014

stillfor the final SALT OF THIS SEACINEMA PALESTINE is poetic a documentary which explores the life and work of multiple generations of Palestinian filmmakers and media artists. Based on in-depth interviews with a wide range of Palestinian artists living in the Middle East as well as North American and Europe, the film documents the emergence of a Palestinian narrative through film, the relevance of film to the Palestinian national struggle and the relationship between art, personal experience and politics in one of the most contested landscapes in the world.

CINEMA PALESTINE grew out of a December 2005 screening of director Tim Schwab’s earlier film Being Osama at the Dubai International Film Festival. While attending the festival Schwab met and talked with pioneering Gaza filmmaker Rashid Masharawi (Haifa, Ticket to Jerusalem) and West Bank filmmaker Hany Abu Assad, whose feature film Paradise Now was the festival’s opening night film. Remarkably, later that week Paradise Now became the first film by a Palestinian filmmaker to win the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language film, with the country of origin designated for the first time as “Palestine”. Schwab subsequently had the opportunity to meet and interview Israel-based Palestinian actor and director Mohammed Bakri  in Montréal. His experience meeting and talking with these filmmakers, and the quality of work they have created under the most difficult financial and security conditions, inspired his intense interest in and passion for making a documentary about the work being created by Palestinian filmmakers in historic Palestine, in the Palestinian territories, and in the Palestinian diaspora.

LANDSCAPE TAYBEH PALESTINE

WALL NEAR RAMALLAH

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What Is Mobilities?

Posted: October 9th, 2014

 

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The editorial team at Wi:Journal of Mobile Media and the Mobile Media Lab are very pleased to announce the release of our latest issue “What is Mobilities?” with multiple contributions from Communication Studies Department members and alumni.

Guest edited by Dr. David Madden, this issue features 16 interviews with leading mobilities studies scholars. The issue itself emerged from a collaborative interview project that was part of the Differential Mobilities conference in May 2013. It features work from Judith Nicholson, Mimi Sheller, Gerard Goggin, Jennifer Southern, Andra McCartney, Esteban Acuna Cabanzo, Danielle Peers and Lindsay Eales, Arseli Dokumaci, Bianca Freire-Medeiros, Darin Barney, Daniel M. Sutko, Catherine Middleton, Germaine Halegoua, Nancy Cook and David Butz, Natalia Radywyl, and Shelley Smith.

“What is Mobilities” brings a broad range of ideas together and, in doing so, provides multiple points of departure for scholars interested in thinking about contemporary mobilities issues.

The issue can be found here: http://wi.mobilities.ca/

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Events/Announcements: Polar Life

Posted: October 9th, 2014

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Professor Monika Gagnon announces La Vie Polaire/Polar Life - Graeme Ferguson’s re-born film on Friday Oct 10, 5 pm at the Cinémathèque Québecoise, an event presented by her research group, CINEMA expo67, in collaboration with the National Film Board and UNESCO. Graeme’s film was originally created for 11 screens and a rotating audience for Expo 67.

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“When it’s good to be unruly -Building oppositional consciousness with archived artefacts from the Printemps québécois”

Posted: March 5th, 2014

Name: David Widgington
Title: “When it’s good to be unruly -Building oppositional consciousness with archived artefacts from the Printemps québécois”
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Room: CJ 4.240 (Loyola)
Supervisor: Prof. Matt Soar
Reader: Prof. Elizabeth Miller
  Prof. Monika Gagnon
Chair: Prof. Emily Pelstring
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ILLUSTRATING MEDICINE: An Exhibition of Original Medical Illustrations from J.C.B Grant’s Atlas of Anatomy

Posted: March 3rd, 2014

Illustrating MedecineIllustrating Medicine features outstanding examples of the art of medical illustration in the 1940s, including carbon dust drawings by Dorothy Chubb, black and white water colours by Nancy Joy, and line drawings by Elizabeth Blackstock and Marguerite Drummond.

When: March 13, 2014 to May 1, 2014, Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Vernissage:Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 in the Media Gallery

Where:  CJ Building, Loyola Campus, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Media Gallery, room 1.419

The exhibition highlights the skill of the illustrators, demonstrates the processes involved in image-making for an anatomical atlas, and exemplifies the key role of the medical illustrator in promoting regional anatomy as the vision of the body that became dominant in this period.

A vernissage will take place Thursday, March 13, 2014 from 4:30-7:30 in the Media Gallery.

The exhibition is curated by Kim Sawchuk, a professor in Communication Studies and Nancy Marrelli, Archivist Emerita at Concordia.

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors: The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Biomedical Communications Department-University of Toronto Mississauga; the Department of Anatomy, University of Toronto; the Department of Communication Studies, the Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University and the Media History Research Centre, Concordia University.

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How to navigate a world of media clutter

Posted: February 24th, 2014

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Terry O’Reilly | Photo by David Ward
Charles Acland
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According to Terry O’Reilly — the award-winning host of CBC Radio’s Under the Influence — the average Canadian is bombarded with upwards of 3,500 media messages a day.

On Thursday, March 6, O’Reilly sat down with Charles Acland, professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Communication Studies, for “Strategies for media clutter”: an exploration of how we can navigate our increasingly overwhelming media landscape.

Moderated by Globe and Mail Ottawa bureau chief Ryan McDonald, this was the inaugural event in the 2014 Thinking Out Loud conversation series.

Here’s a glimpse of O’Reilly and Acland’s conversation.

How bombarded by media are we, really?

Terry O’Reilly: We have never been exposed to more media than in this day and age. This clutter makes everything invisible. Of the thousands of messages we take in each day, the average person only retains two. The irony is that it is advertisers who have made this mess, and we spend our entire careers battling the clutter we have created.

Charles Acland: Every generation for the last 150 years has believed that they are experiencing the absolute peak of sensory bombardment. In the future, we will likely consider what we are experiencing today as a calmer time. The reality is that media-generated sensory overload is an idea as much as it is an experience. We’ve been wrestling with this concept for ages, and this history is what we need to investigate in order to understand our relationship with media.

Given this reality, what are the challenges of effectively communicating a message?

TO: In the advertising world, the key to breaking through clutter is capturing the attention of the consumer. This is the oxygen of a successful brand. That’s why creative departments are so important and why so much money is invested in this part of the process. Successful advertising is essentially creative storytelling that creates feelings in the consumer. And, again, you have to bombard people with your message, which, paradoxically, adds to the clutter.

What effect does media clutter have on academic discourse and criticism?

CA: There now exist online resources for academics that were not as readily available as before. This has changed the scope and scale of research projects —for students as well as scholars. However, having more materials to consult doesn’t necessarily translate into better-quality research. Academics still need the analytical tools to sort through the sheer magnitude of resources at their disposal. People who are able to find the relevance in the clutter will be the skilled scholars of tomorrow.

How has social media transformed the advertising landscape?

TO: Social media and big data have helped advertisers target their messages in ways never before seen. And if you care about the consumer, social media is a great place to listen to their needs. Prior to this technology, you would have had to hire a research company to conduct focus groups and pay hundreds of thousands for this service. On the flip side, negative feedback never goes away — it just hangs in cyberspace for the whole world to see.

Is there a “healthy” way to consume media?

TO: One of reasons I do my show is to get people to look at advertising through a different prism. To understand the process of how we are being bombarded by sophisticated marketing campaigns is empowering. I also believe in voting with your wallet. If you are annoyed by an ad, don’t buy the product. It’s that simple. Trust me: when sales go down, marketers get jumpy!

CA: With the media era comes a set of demands for our attention and our time. We always don’t think of the labour that goes into engaging in things like social media. Once we assign a value to the time spent consuming and actively taking part in media, then we can make informed decisions as to how we engage.

 

 

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‘The Encuentro is a Provocation’

Posted: January 27th, 2014

The Encuentro

Wondering what the Encuentro is, exactly? This biannual conference and festival draws more than 700 scholars, artists and activists for a series of discussions, workshops and exhibitions that explore the intersection of performance and politics.

The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics holds each event in a different city in the Americas. And this June, for the first time, it will take place in Canada — at Concordia.

This year’s edition of the popular series is called Manifest! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, and is set to run from June 21 to 28.

Stephen Lawson, a visiting artist in the Concordia Department of Theatre, is the Encuentro’s Montreal producer. “We have so many departments working in an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary way,” he says. “This makes Concordia a natural choice for the Encuentro, with our university’s reputation for linking new technology to art, and with 2012’s Quebec student protests being linked with street protests in Argentina and Chile.”

Mark Sussman, associate dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the Faculty of Fine Arts, welcomes the exposure the Encuentro will bring Concordia. “It fits the school’s strategic research plan of cross-faculty collaboration by increasing the visibility of performance-based scholars in many departments. This is a chance to see who’s doing what in different faculties, then in different countries.”

While most Encuentro sessions will only be open to delegates, the festival includes special events for the public: cabarets, media installations, gallery shows, street art showcases, urban interventions, Quebec political dance performances and Cinema Politica screenings. The main-stage performances, which will be held on the evenings of June 20 and 28 at Théâtre Outremont, are free and open to all.

To get a better sense of what the Encuentro has in store, we spoke to six Concordia faculty members who will be taking part:

Krista Geneviève Lynes, assistant professor of Communication Studies

Krista Geneviève LynesWhat does the Encuentro mean to you?

Krista Geneviève Lynes: It’s an encounter across practices of thinking, making and acting. There is something that emerges in this space that is greater than the sum of its participants.

What role will the conference and festival play in your research?

KGL: My research is centred on the contacts between feminist struggles in the context of globalization and the transnational circulation of goods, culture and people. The Encuentro is the perfect forum for pan-American discussion, engagement, performances, activists and artists.

How does the Encuentro relate to Concordia?

KGL: Concordia has a rich history of supporting both socially engaged research and interdisciplinary research. Many of my colleagues across the university are working in radical ways, thinking about how we might generate knowledge differently, in collaboration with others.

What does your working group hope to accomplish?

KGL: We aim to think about the strategies for “trespassing” — how defiance has been enacted, and enacted performatively through gestures and demonstrations in public space. 


Alice Ming Wai Jim, associate professor of Art History

Alice Ming Wai JimWhat does the Encuentro mean to you?

Alice Ming Wai Jim: It’s not about producing a deliverable, but about discovering and workshopping.

What role will the conference and festival play in your research?

AMWJ: It’s especially timely for me because I’m the co-editor of a new journal, the Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, to be launched in winter 2015.

How does the Encuentro relate to Concordia as an institution?

AMWJ: Encuentro is a wonderful bridge for our many students of Latin American descent. Also, there’s a cross-faculty synergy at Concordia, with our interdisciplinary flagship programs, which makes the university very fertile ground for Encuentro.

What does your working group hope to accomplish?

AMWJ: To examine historical and present-day converging art and social movements and cultural activism of Asian diasporic communities across the Americas.


Monica Eileen Patterson, postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence

Monica Eileen PattersonWhat does Encuentro mean to you?

Monica Eileen Patterson: It’s a nurturing space, but the Encuentro is a provocation, too, because of its unique structure.

MEP: All participants in our group are engaged in work relating to past violence and contemporary injustice, addressing inequality in contemporary society. I’m interested in exhibits that explore the intersections of memory and violence in postcolonial Africa. The theme this year is Manifest!, and I see exhibits as manifestations, as we break from the scholar/curator-as-expert model.

How does Encuentro relate to Concordia as an institution?

MEP: One of the Department of History’s strengths is public history, so the public nature of the event — street art, performance — makes Concordia a natural host site. Our school is also in a city with interesting politics around language, finance and religion.

What does your working group hope to accomplish?

MEP: Our task will be threefold: to collaboratively produce a sourcebook of pertinent curatorial examples, to workshop one another’s (potential) exhibit projects and to build a lasting community whose members will continue to collaborate.


Tagny Duff, assistant professor of Communication Studies

Tagny DuffWhat does the Encuentro mean to you?

Tagny Duff: It’s a way to engage research with an open structure in our workgroups, which is quite rare.

What role will the conference and festival play in your research?

TD: My field, biological art, is very new here in Canada. I’m investigating how life performs on a micro scale and questioning the way we privilege the human subject. Encuentro allows us to talk about bio art in the Canadian context, which I rarely get a chance to do.

How does the Encuentro relate to Concordia as an institution?

TD: Encuentro is fully in keeping with the research-creation model that Concordia is known for internationally.

What does your working group hope to accomplish?

TD: Because bio art is so new, we need to build a network here in Canada and learn about each other’s research interests.


Arseli Dokumaci, postdoctoral researcher at the Mobile Media Lab in the Department of Communication Studies

Arseli DokumaciWhat does the Encuentro mean to you?

Arseli Dokumaci: It’s an untraditional mixing of performance and politics in unforeseen ways.

What role will the conference and festival play in your research?

AD: My research is focused on disability and everyday performances, including film and video capsules. Encuentro allows me to further my work by meeting academics and disability rights activists from other countries.

How does the Encuentro relate to Concordia as an institution?

AD: Concordia’s Mobile Media Lab, where I work, is an interdisciplinary research unit with projects directly related to Encuentro’s workgroup topics of disability and mobility, aging, technology and accessibility in the city.

What does your working group hope to accomplish?

AD: To discuss how performance and disability intersect while exploring issues of the body, disease, representations of disability and accessibility in a city’s public spaces and at home.


Liz Miller, professor of Communication Studies

Liz MillerWhat does the Encuentro mean to you?

Liz Miller: An Encuentro is the act of creating a place to explore commonalities over time and across disciplines.

What role will the conference and festival play in your research?

LM: My own research is about using films and transmedia projects to explore new and critical perspectives on social movements, and media around issues such as migration, climate change and gender violence. I have been exploring how a Nicaraguan feminist group is using mainstream television to stop gender violence, while a performance group from Bolivia is doing similar work using theatre, and a group from Argentina is using social media strategies.

How does the Encuentro relate to Concordia as an institution?

LM: Concordia researchers think beyond disciplines and beyond borders, and are particularly interested in praxis. An Encuentro brings researchers, artists and activists from across the Americas to explore new methods, so it’s a perfect fit!

What does your working group hope to accomplish?

LM: We have outlined some parameters around how groups across the Americas are combining new media strategies with diverse forms of organizing and public performance. From there, the next step is to let go of expectations and let the group move the agenda forward.


Learn more about Encuentro 2014

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Preempting Dissent

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Preempting DissentThe Department of Sociology & Anthropology and the Department of Communication Studies present a film screening and presentation of

PREEMPTING DISSENT

with Dr. Greg Elmer
Professor of Media and Communication & Culture
Director of the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media
Ryerson University

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00pm
SGW Campus, Hall Building, Room 1154
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W

Preempting Dissent: Policing the Crisis is a collaborative open source documentary film based on the book by Greg Elmer and Andy Opel. By publishing a “road map” of production, this project will engage the audience through all stages of the project, and will create both a feature length documentary and enable a non-linear open source cinematic database that will evolve over time. The film will combine on and off line video submissions, personal testimonials, re-edited sequences, along with the filmmakers content on preemptive forms of law enforcement and governance that have emerged in the post 9/11 world. This open source content will be available for users to remix their own documentaries.


Preempting Dissent Teaser from Preempting Dissent on Vimeo.

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Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits … Live!

Posted: January 9th, 2014

Dr. Krista Geneviève Lynes: Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits: Feminism in a Globalized PresentJoin the Media History Research Centre for a special event to honour the publication of Krista Geneviève Lynes’ Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits: Feminism in a Globalized Present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits … Live!

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Reception to follow

Room CJ-1.114, Communication Studies and Journalism Building (CJ)
7141 Sherbrooke St. West, Loyola Campus

Featuring presentations by:

Krista Lynes (Communication Studies, Concordia)
Charles Acland (Communication Studies, Concordia)
Masha Salazkina (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia)
Carrie Rentschler (Art History and Communication Studies, McGill)

This event is hosted and made possible by:

The Screen Culture Research group
The CURC in Communication Studies
Darren Wershler (CURC in Media and Contemporary Literature)
Peter C. van Wyck (OVPRGS Research Support)
The Department of Communication Studies.

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