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COMS642Z – Cultures of Production
COMS374 – Intermedia II
Ceci N’est Pas Embres
Ceci N’est Pas Embres is a ‘database diary’ film, comprising thirty-two short stories about a Montreal family living in rural France. This interactive, nonlinear film was built using the Korsakow System, for which I am co-developer. Watch it here: here.
An ongoing series of open-ended experiments exploring found footage (16mm, 35mm), particularly commercial film leaders. Remediation processes include macro-lens photography and stop-motion animation using a powerful microscope. In collaboration with sound artist Jackie Gallant.
Montreal Signs Project
An outcome of my earlier research/creation initiative Logo Cities, the Montreal Signs Project focuses on the cultural histories associated with, or sparked by, old signs, for example: fabrication technologies, media, labour, language, immigration, ethnicity. The MSP includes a permanent exhibition of signs from local enterprises, including Bens Restaurant, Monkland Taverne and Warshaw’s. See also the Farine Five Roses collaborative art project.
Associate Professor & BA Program Director
BSc, Building, Nottingham Trent University
MA, Communication, Simon Fraser University
PhD, Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst
My scholarly background is in media and cultural studies; I am also an intermedia artist, graphic designer and writer. My research/ creation activities centre on design, visual culture, cultural production, the politics of representation, and (sometimes) media literacy. This is my page on the Research@Concordia portal.
My database diary film Ceci N’est Pas Embres has been selected for RIDM 2013. Outsiders, an animation for which I did the voice-over narration, reached the final six in the Short Film competition at Sundance London 2013. Excerpts from Ceci N’est Pas Embres appear as a contribution in Quickened: A Lyrical iBook for Postindustrial Doing, designed and edited by Adrian Miles (RMIT), and published in the online journal Axon. (The iBook requires an iPad for viewing.) I recently curated AMERICAN COLOUR, a two-channel installation created by artist Josh Bonnetta. The show ran from February to May, 2013 in the Communication Studies Media Gallery. I was co-curator, with Perry Bard, of DEMOCROSCOPE, a group video/installation show at the Joyce Yahouda Gallery that ran in November 2012. I contributed to Archives & The City at the FOFA Gallery in October 2012. I am Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Research/Creation in the Fine Arts grant titled Proof in Process: An iterative approach to experimental film and video in the age of transmedia, now entering its third year. My teammate is Monika Kin Gagnon, and our collaborators are Florian Thalhofer, Phil Hoffman, and Midi Onodera. Our event Database | Narrative | Archive, an international symposium on digital nonlinear storytelling, was held at Concordia in May 2011; Monika and I recently co-edited the DNA Anthology, a post-symposium collection of seven interactive essays built using Scalar.
Digital media and interactivity
I have just finished an essay about web docs and Korsakow as a contribution to an upcoming scholarly collection called New Documentary Ecologies, which should be published by Palgrave sometime in early 2014. My essay If you’re asking it’s not fair dealing: Animating Canadian copyright issues in a read-write classroom is forthcoming in R. Coombe & D. Henry (Eds.) Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian culture online, to be published by the University of Toronto Press. I recently completed an audiobook recording of Jack London’s 1908 novel The Iron Heel which is now available on Librivox, and have overseen a complete redesign of the Canadian Journal of Communication. I am a collaborator on a FQRSC grant called TyP3: Protocoles, Plateformes, et Publics pour textes digitaux The Principal Investigator is Professor Jason Lewis (Design & Computation Arts).
My polemic on some recent writing by design critic Rick Poynor is here. I have an essay titled 26 ways of thinking about a graphic advocacy poster in Liz Resnick’s new book Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age (2001-2012).
Credit: Timelapse portrait by Vine user Lisa Lumos.
Last update: November 25, 2013 – 10:12