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Art, web & feminisms – roundtable

Le 23 mai 2019, de 14h à 17h, aura lieu la Table ronde « Art, web et féminismes » au local N-7050, à l’UQAM. Co-organisée par le RéQEF et Julie Ravary-Pilon(Boursière postdoctorante du RéQEF 2018), cette activité sera précédée par la deuxième version des Ateliers méthodologiques du RéQEF. J’animerai la table ronde « Art, web et féminismes » sur l’histoire des activismes et des arts féministes sur le web. Cette activité réunira les professeures Joanne Lalonde (histoire de l’art, UQAM), Krista Lynes (communications, Concordia), Rosanna Maule (cinéma, Concordia) ainsi que l’artiste de performance et sculpture Algonquine Anishinaabe mixte et bispirituelle Faye Mullen pour une conférence-performance. Cette activité bilingue, ouverte et accessible se veut un lieu de partages et de réflexions sur l’histoire de l’art cyberféministe, les potentiels du web pour la création artistique des femmes, les esthétiques des contestations (dissent) LGBTQI+ en ligne et hors ligne ainsi que la création numérique féministe en écrans. Les questions du public pourront être traduites sur place si nécessaire. Conférencières : Faye Mullen Murs trans-spatiaux, cérémonie et résistances Résumé …

CCA 2019 – Paper Infrastructure: The Bowater Papers 1950–58

Paper presentation (with Rafico Ruiz) on the Bowater Papers archive, as part of the Materials and Media of Infrastructure panels: The Bowater Papers is a trade magazine that was published periodically by the Bowater Paper Corporation, based in London, running from 1950 to 1958. As the magazine’s inaugural editorial, “Thoughts on Paper,” begins: “Paper is the raw material of human communication; it binds together continents; history would be lost without it; [sic] for it is the link between the past and the future. But paper, the commodity, is not only for the chronicler.” This “large paper-manufacturing organization,” in the mid-1950s the largest producer of newsprint in the world, launched the magazine with a view to both creating and cataloguing its enterprise as a consolidating infrastructural network of paper producers and consumers. The series of four issues were intended to embody and materially contain the entire array of papers, paper products, and paper derivatives that the Bowater Paper Corporation’s global manufacturing system produced and promoted. Each issue is an “exposition of paper in use,” with inserts …

CCA 2019 – Materials and Media of Infrastructure

Rafico Ruiz and I are co-chairing a double-panel at the Canadian Communication Association this year called Materials and Media of Infrastructure: Infrastructures are increasingly at the forefront of critical communication studies. Rather than remaining in the operational background that subtends our contemporary digital landscape, these infrastructures establish “the rules governing the space of everyday life” (Easterling 2014), emerging as integral “chokepoints” (see Limn issue 10, 2018) that reveal the varied materials that both make up and travel across them. Whether oil pipelines or the infrastructures of the newsprint industry, examining the materials, materialities, and media of infrastructural arrangements allows for a better understanding of the social, political and cultural configurations that they make possible. Functioning in this way as logistical media (eg. Durham Peters), these visible and invisible infrastructures ultimately shape the movements and mediations of data and information. This double panel seeks to explore the relationships between materials and logistical politics by examining the ways in which infrastructures enact particular forms of mediation that are enabled and constrained by their varied material properties and …

Media History from the Margins

I was fortunate enough to participate this August in the Media History from the Margins summer seminar in Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland. The call for this fantastic retreat originally stated: The summer seminar aims to rethink media history from the margins and to place at the center of our attention neglected, alternative, or censured media texts, uses, and technologies. By shifting the discussion from hegemonic actors, dominant institutions, and successful mass media to the fringes of media history, it pursues the double objective of rewriting media history into media histories, and of opening a space to rethink historiographical practices and methods. The writing of marginal histories is inseparable from a reflection on the modes of operation and politics of historical writing: bringing together established and emerging scholars, the seminar investigates what has been left over by hegemonic mass media and hegemonic historical narratives. I highly recommend perusing the  extended abstracts from the programme, as well as the PhD students’  blog posts to get a feel for our discussions on the margins of media history. There …

Porting Media II

Looking forward to presenting at Porting Media II, happening in Montreal October 12-14. I immediately loved the whole concept for this conference when I saw the call: Porting Media is a conference and workshop that draws on the nuances of the word “port” to investigate the transportation, translation, and reconfiguration of media within particular sites. Porting is a concept and metaphor useful for rethinking discussions of circulation and infrastructure; media transposition (or transmedia); game and cell phone cultures of portability; media archaeological approaches to portable technologies of transmission and telecommunication; and the porting of paradigms of analysis across different geographies and institutions. Thus, porting draws together multiple phenomena that participants will investigate together, in a manner that cuts across these multiple sites of inquiry. My paper is called “Import/Export: Tracking Authenticities in Motion.” I’ll be trying on some new ideas as part of ongoing work on authentication devices.

Spring conferences

I recently presented some early work on my authentication devices research, first at SCMS then at CCA. Below a bit of detail from both. Article version in the works. SCMS March 2017 –  “Security Matters and Devices: Towards an Archaeology of Irreproducible Media” This paper uses and questions the rhetoric of security to propose that systems of legitimation and control demand a continuous supply of black box technologies designed to be secretive, opaque, and extremely difficult to copy. Vigilance over amateur access, technical disclosure, and reproducibility become politicized matters of “national security,” requiring an alternate media history that hinges on a notion of irreproducibility. Excerpt: …The ongoing need to complexify security devices to stay ahead of the copy-er has resulted in a particular alterna-tale within the story of media technologies that is driven not by ambitions of mass production or consumption, by ever-expanding accessibilities and usabilities, but rather by the controlled management and administration of legitimacy. Security devices are not just used by states, but by industries for objects of all kinds: credit cards, circuit …

Launch of Land|Slide: Possible Futures catalogue

Edited by: Janine Marchessault, Chloë Brushwood Rose, Jennifer Foster, and Aleksandra Kaminska We’re thrilled to be launching the catalogue of the Land|Slide: Possible Futures exhibition, which took place at the Markham Museum and Heritage Village in Markham, Ontario in 2013. The catalogue includes essays by each of the editors as well as by Shelley Hornstein, Julie Nagam and Yan Wu. Making up the bulk of the book is full-colour documentation of the over 30+ artist projects, including statements by all the artists: Iain Baxter& | Andrew Bieler and Heather Rigby | Blue Republic | Angel Chen | Aron Louis Cohen | Dave Colangelo and Patricio Davila | Christine Davis | Department of Unusual Certainties | Duke and Battersby | Caitlin Fisher, Tony Vieira, and Tristan Prescott | Ken Gregory | David Han | Frank Havermans | Philip Hoffman | Mark-David Hosale | Terrance Houle | Maria Hupfield | Adrian Blackwell and Jane Hutton | Ali Kazimi | David Kidman | L+ | Deirdre Logue | Glynis Logue | Marman and Borins | Allyson Mitchell | …