Erin Manning is a professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Con- cordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the director of the SenseLab (http://www.senselab.ca), a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement. Current art projects are focused around the concept of minor gestures in relation to colour and movement. Art exhibitions include the Sydney and Moscow Biennales, Glasshouse (New York), Vancouver Art Museum, McCord Museum (Montreal) and House of World Cultures (Berlin) and Galateca Gallery (Bucarest). Publications include For a Pragmatics of the Useless (Duke UP, forthcoming), The Minor Gesture (Duke UP, 2016), Always More Than One: Individuation’s Dance (Duke UP, 2013), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2009) and, with Brian Massumi, Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (Minnesota UP, 2014).
Shauna’s on-going research and creative practice are consonant with urban humanities and engages with questions about the role of art and what creativity can contribute to the development of just urban futures. In 2008 she founded Urban Occupations Urbaines (UOU), a research and curatorial platform for engaging artists and researchers, communities and the public, in creative and critical responses with the contested and unresolved architectural and spatial conditions of cities.
Tamara Vukov is a filmmaker, researcher, educator and writer based in Montreal, Quebec. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at the Université de Montréal, where she teaches courses in research-creation and political communication. She has published in such journals as Topia, the International Journal of Cultural Studies, Public, Social Semiotics, Recherches Féministes, Mobility and Politics, and the Canadian Journal of Communication. She has participated in several media/film collectives over the years, and her work has been presented at over 50 festivals internationally, as well as at La Centrale (Montréal), Eastern Bloc (Montréal), Skuc (Ljubljana), Version Fest (Chicago), bootlab (Berlin), Digitales (Bruxelles), and Espacio Plasma (Buenos Aires). Artist residencies include the Banff Centre, Akademski Filmski Centar (Belgrade), and an upcoming residency at Oboro in May 2019. Tamara has also co-organized community-based screenings, co-produced film and video-based installations, and participated in a series of live collective cinema performances (Cinémathèque Québécoise).
Cynthia Noury has a background in communication and journalism that has led her to collaborate with several Canadian and Irish media. She is currently a doctoral student in communication research-creation at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Her areas of interest include media interviewing as a performative practice, various approaches to research-creation, as well as their implications for ethics and responsible conduct of research. Her fields of experimentation include street interviewing, radio art, relational and contextual practices.
Agathe is a PhD candidate in Communications (Université de Montréal) and Sociology (EHESS, Paris). Her principal interests examine post-human bodies and the lack of imagination that seems to prevail regarding them. Her research lies at the intersection of media theory and creation. She also develops fictions, as a means of questioning trans- and post-humanisms on her personal blog: https://cybirdsdontfly.com/.
Tricia Toso is a PhD candidate in Concordia’s Communication Studies program. Her research and creative practice uses interdisciplinary approaches to (re)politicize infrastructure and socio-technical systems. Drawing on a range of methodologies and theoretical approaches, she focuses on the technical systems that urban centres depend upon, and examines how practices of colonialism are written into Canada’s infrastructural systems, as well as how infrastructure development enacts social and environmental injustices. Using an analytic of care and research on socio-natural systems she asks what kinds of re-relationing do we need to engage in for the decolonization of infrastructure? She has worked with Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) Montreal Art Hives, and has been involved with Concordia’s Ethnography Lab working on the Cabot Square Photovoice and Montreal Waterways projects.
Kim Simon has been active as an arts writer and curator for over 20 years. She has been the curator at Gallery TPW in Toronto since 2003. TPW is a non-profit venue committed to addressing the expansive and vital role that lens-based images play in contemporary culture. Her curatorial work is grounded by an interest in the relationship between ethics and aesthetic experience across disciplines, thinking about the conditions of spectatorship, and experimenting with pedagogy as a form of creative practice.
Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia. She has published on cultural politics, the visual and media arts since the 1980s, including Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002) with Richard Fung, and Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (2014) co-edited with Janine Marchessault. Her curating includes À la recherche d’expo 67/In Search of Expo 67 with Lesley Johnstone at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2017; La Vie polaire/Polar Life at the Cinémathèque québécoise in 2014, and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | Immatérial for DHC Art at Centre Phi in 2015.
Corinn Gerber is a PhD student at the Centre for Comparative Literature, at the Women & Gender Studies Institute, at the Centre for Indigenous Studies, and at the Department of Social Justice Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the role of publication in the negotiation of personhood. She is also the co-founder of Passenger Books. She has previously served as the Executive Director of Art Metropole, Toronto; as head of the bookstore at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal; as Head of Distribution at Koenig Publishers, Cologne; and as Deputy Manager of the Zurich Women’s Bookstore.
Marc Wieser is Head of Special Artistic Projects at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. His background is in Historical Musicology, Piano Performance, and chamber music. He has a particular interest in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration. Most recently, Marc led a creation and touring project which saw the musicians of the OSM visit six Indigenous communities in Quebec, performing a new chamber opera - Chaakapesh - composed by Matthew Ricketts and Tomson Highway.
Nik Forrest is a Montreal based artist whose practice includes sound, video, installation and performance. Her work explores the queer ecological potentials of experimental media (for example Very Low Frequency sound) to produce enmeshed, dynamic and non-normative sensory experiences. Nik is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture at Concordia University, pursuing a degree that combines sound studies, gender studies, and studio based research-creation.
Hilary Bergen is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University where she studies screendance, posthumanism and feminist media history. She has published work on Siri, affective labour and the disembodied cyborg with Word and Text, and most recently on rotoscoping, erasure and embodiment in Naomi Uman’s handmade film ‘Removed’ with Screening the Past. Currently, she is exploring dance as a critical intervention to posthuman discourses of body-transcendence.
Of a sculptural sensitivity, Faye Mullen works through the performative gesture in a variety of media including publications, site-specific interventions, sound installations, and image-making - both moving and still. Through a mixed Anishinaabekwe perspective, her practice is rooted in horizontality worlding queer imaginings and decolonial ways of being. Faye carries a BFA from OCAD (Toronto) and ENSBA (Paris), and Master degrees from both University of Toronto and Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing). Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Asia, Australia, Europe and across Turtle Island. Currently, Faye pursues doctoral research-creation at UQÀM; her practice is situated in Tiohtiá:ke/ Montréal.
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