Katia Andrea Morales Gaitan
Katia Andrea Morales Gaitan is a PhD student in film studies at the University of Montreal. She is also an assistant coordinator of the Archaeology and Genealogy Research Program of montage/editing (PRAGM/e) for the CinéMedias Laboratory. She did a master in Cinema Documentary at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, an institution that awarded her with the Alfonso Caso Medal. She has also been the coordinator of the book The State of Cinema Audiences Mexico City, commissioned by Procine DF. Katia, who gave courses in institutions such as UNAM, the Cineteca Nacional, the Universidad Iberoamericana and UAEMex. She also helped found the VoD FilminLatino, of the Mexican Institute of Cinematography, as a content coordinator (IMCINE).
Cynthia Montier and Ophelia Naessens
Cynthia Montier and Ophelia Naessens are a duo of artists-researchers. Their work explores the notion of esoterico-geography, the apprehension of geography and urban or rural geology as two-dimensional spaces: both physical and esoteric, revealing a profound meaning ; symbolic representation of a spiritual, mystical or emotional experience. They imagine and experiment with participatory forms navigating between art, activism and magic. Together, they are interested in the mechanisms of mediation and transmission of knowledge and practices - ritual pedagogies - as well as the place of spirituality in artistic, vernacular and militant practices.
After studying print and web design in France and South Africa, she started her Bachelor of Art at the University of Montreal in 2018. Experiments professionals as graphic designers have drawn her attention to the responsibilities producers of images. Her travels to Cape Town have strengthened her interest in visual cultures of southern Africa. During her bachelor's degree, she explored theories questioning issues of power, otherness, inclusion and inter-species relations. In 2019, she had the pleasure of presenting her work at Concordia University Undergraduate Art History Conference.
After studying theatre, in art history and cinema, Clara left France in 2015 to pursue a master's degree in cinema and television series at the University of Montreal. In 2018, after her graduation, she became a journalist for the atuvu.ca platform. In 2019, she introduces herself in press relations by working for Mingotwo Communications. Then, in 2020, she joined the Théâtre Aux Écuries, becoming in charge of communications. She continues to work in parallel for Marta Boni's Labo Télé and collaborates with the radio station CISM.893 for movie-television chronicles.
Jesse Aidyn is a master's student in video game studies at the University of Montreal. Holder of a bachelor'sdegree in computer science and a D.E.S.S. in game design, he addresses a significant part of his research through research-creation. These are particularly concentrated around the games experimental video and non-traditional videogame design approaches. His publications include the interactive Liberti experience (2019) as well as the musical album Hoverboy (2018), which remains central to his creative master's project : an interactive musical album of the same name.
Initially trained in photography and anthropology, Annabelle Fouquet currently performs a customized master's degree in arts and anthropology at the University of Laval. Anchored in the field of visual, sensory and imaginative anthropology, she works on the anthropological works that closely articulate sensory and reflexive experiences. Through her research and creative projects, she is interested in the dynamics of (post)colonial relationships as well as relations to the territory.
Maxime Boutin is a French visual artist living and working in Montreal. A PhD student in arts studies and practices at UQÀM, he is a member of Hexagram, an international network dedicated to research and creation in mediaarts, technology and digital culture. His research questions the relationship between the visual arts and skateboarding, in an experiential approach to transpose the sensoriality of this urban practice in a multimedia work, through the use of action cameras. His project obtained the creation grant from Hexagram network in 2019, as well as a FRQSC research grant in 2020.
Rosane Lebreton is an architect and PhD student in architecture. She focused her research on videogame image as part of a post-master diplomas specific to schools of architecture (DPEA) in research at ENSAPLV, before continuing these reflections in a thesis in architecture in Lille, in the LACTH laboratory of ENSAP-Lille, and Liège, at the Liège Game Lab, linked to the University of Liège. This thesis aims to reflect on the links between architecture and video games through the question of architectural experience and its transformations through the videogame medium.
This research is being conducted by Michel Duchesneau, a tenured professor at the Faculty of Music University of Montreal and by Irina Kirchberg, sociomusicologist, visiting professor at UdeM and co-leader of the DESS in music mediation. They are accompanied by Héloïse Rouleau, candidate for the doctorate in musicology, Pierre-Luc Moreau and Elsa Fortant, candidates for the master's degree in musicology ; all three of whom participated in the creation of a well-reasoned catalogue of the devices digital music mediation started in 2018. Emilie Lesage, first-time student cycle in musicology, completes the team.
Fanny B. Charbonneau
Fanny is a candidate for a master's degree in literature at UQAM University and artistic assistant to a developmentorganization of contemporary dramaturgy : Jamais Lu. Her practice navigates between the theatrical and literary disciplines. Her fields of research and creation revolve around hybridity between humans and machines. In the context of interdisciplinary performances, she likes to have the logico-Cartesian character of the surrounding technologies in dialogue with the chaos of the poetic world and language.
Matilde Legault completed a master's degree in musicology in the spring of 2020 at the University of Montreal under the direction of Marie-Hélène Benoit-Otis. Her research interests focus on the reappropriation of music in the context of propaganda. His mémoire, “L’instrumentalisation des opéras de Giacomo Puccini par le régime fasciste italien (1922-1943) : le cas de Turandot”, deals with the manipulation of Puccini's figure and the instrumentalization of his operas in Mussolini's fascist propaganda. She is now pursuing her doctoral studies in musicology, which focus on the reappropriation of music under the Estado Novo d'Antonio de Oliveira Salazar in Portugal.
Estelle Grandbois-Bernard is a doctoral student in sociology at UQAM. His thesis focuses on the social, memory and spatial issues of actual ruins photography. She also is a student member and scientific coordinator of the Cultures - Arts - Societies (CELAT) research at UQAM.
Caroline Hatfield’s creative practice utilizes sculpture, installation, photography, and writing to explore themes of landscape and science fiction. After completing a Sculpture BFA at The University of Tennessee, she earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from Towson University. Hatfield has been included in numerous publications and exhibited artwork nationally. Hatfield is a recipient of the Trawick Contemporary Art Prize as well as a South Arts grant. She lives in East Tennessee, where she works professionally as a woodworker and educator.
Reilly Shwab is an art historian and curator with specializations in the visual culture of early modern Europe, especially the Low Countries, and prints. Reilly earned his PhD from the University of Kansas with a dissertation on the night in Dutch art and different ways in which contemporary understandings of the nighttime informed Netherlandish artistic practice. He then served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Criticism at the University of Montana. Reilly’s other published research investigates the relationships between Dutch art and American identities around the turn of the twentieth century, and between visual culture and science.
Alexandre Zaezjev a PhD Candidate at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His doctoral thesis focuses on digital media in the postmodern cultural condition. More specifically, his research considers the debate between modernism and postmodernism by examining the arrival of Web 2.0 and the decentralizing effect that it had on communicative and artistic strategies. Combining academic research with creative practice, Alexandre is also an independent multimedia artist.
Rachel Lobo is a PhD Candidate with the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her research explores the potential of photographic archives in sustaining histories of political struggle and fostering the exchange of intergenerational knowledge. Rachel received her MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University, and has held archival internships at the Royal Ontario Museum and the Ryerson Image Centre. She has published her work in Archivaria: The Journal for the Association of Canadian Archivists, and The International Journal of Canadian Studies
Julian Scordato is a composer of experimental music and artist who works mainly with digital sound and graphics. He studied composition and electronic music at the Conservatory of Venice and sound art at the University of Barcelona. Research assistant in communication design at the SaMPL Lab – Conservatory of Padua, Scordato has written articles and presented results related to interactive systems for music performance and graphic notation in conferences and master classes. He has worked as a professor of electronic music in several Italian institutions. His award-winning electroacoustic and audiovisual works have been performed and exhibited in international festivals and prestigious institutions.
Davis Lexington recently completed her MPhil at the VU University, Amsterdam, where her work was supported by a Fulbright fellowship. Currently based in Athens, Greece, she is also a practicing curator and has held positions at the Finnish Museum of Photography at Helsinki, the Stedelijk Museum at Amsterdam, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She regularly presents work at conferences in North America and Europe, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Flash Art and Metropolis M.
Iraboty Kazi is a Bangladeshi-Canadian PhD candidate at the University of Western Ontario. She is studying Art History and her research explores how the spaces presented in Italian Early Modern pastoral paintings are reconfigured and mobilized in constructions of nature in queer cinema. Her research interests include: Dante, post-colonial theory, queer literature and film, representations of hijras, Early Modern art and literature, and fictional spaces.
Jasmin Kathöfer (M.A.), since 2020 is an Assistant to the Director of the Institute and Coordination and of the Institute of Media Studies at the Braunschweig University of Art. 2016 to 2019, he was a phd-student in the graduate programme ‘The photographic Dispositive’ at the Braunschweig University of Art. 2016 to 2018, he was a research fellow in the “Project Society after Money“ at the University of Bonn. He has a degree in media science at the University of Siegen. He also has made recent publications in English together with the project group 'Society after Money' and the book with the same title. He did dialog on Bloomsbury publishing, "When loud Weather buffeted Naoshima”, “A Sensory Walk", in Walking and Academic Quarter Vol. 18/2019.
Angus Tarnawsky is an Australian artist/musician and researcher in the field of sound studies. His practice considers perceptions and perspectives of sound and space, utilizing many hybrid forms of presentation including composition, performance and installation. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Melbourne, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design from OCAD University, and is currently a PhD student in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.
Jose Luis Benavides
Jose Luis Benavides (b. 1986 Chicago, US) is a queer Latinx artist, filmmaker and educator. He recently held his first solo show at Terremoto - La Postal, Mexico City, MX (2018). His work was recently featured in Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, Chicago, US (2020), Full Spectrum Feature’s - Chicago Cinema Exchange: Mexico City (2020), Onion City: Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, US (2020), MSU Latinx Film Festival, Lansing, US (2020), and Revolutions Per Minute Festival, University of Massachusetts Boston, US (2020). His work has also screened at festivals including , CinHomo - Muestra Internacional de Cine y Diversidad Sexual LGBTI, Valladolid, ES (2019), Cadence Video Poetry Festival, Seattle, US (2019), and HOMOGRAFÍA, Halles Saint-Géry, Brussels, BE (2019).
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From the walled door of Mr. Grandet's office in Eugenie Grandet to the open door of the Vauquer boarding house in Father Goriot, the domestic door in the panoramic fresco of The Human Comedy offers us a rich optics of transdisciplinary analysis — namely literature, spatiality, figurative architecture and narratology. In line with her master's thesis in French literature centered on this "technème", a Hamonian notion, in the Balzacian work, Rachel Green is currently examining the door as an independent researcher in her narratological role, a key mechanism strategically placed in the work to pace narratives and construct pivotal scenes. Will not be recorded.
Analays Alvarez Hernandez
Analays Alvarez Hernandez is historian of art, commissioner for independent expositions and assistant professor in the history of art and cinematographic studies department of the University of Montreal. Alvarez Hernandez has interests for actual artistic practices, mainly for the ones that take place in the public space, that she studies in the light of postcolonial studies, colonials and diasporic, and the phenomenon of globalization. With the support of the research council in human sciences, her principal research projects are on the “domestic galeries” in (post)-socialist societies, and on artists from the latino-american diaspora in Canada.
Agathe François, PhD in communication department at the University of Montreal, her research-creation is about the post-humans imaginaries. Agathe François has interest particularly for the process at work in the imaginary of the futures. She writes short science-fiction and she actually works on their graphic novel adaptation - what her these will be about. Across the writing and drawing practice, she attempts to demonstrate in what the imaginaries are a form of knowledge.
André Habib is associate professor in the history of art and cinema department. He had written or co-directed books one the ruins, cinophily, archives, collectors, the action group in epic cinema and Chris Marker. He had co-edited the files of magazines about the retro (Spirale), pornography et experimental cinema (Found Foutage) and the translation (Substance). And besides the fact that he is often messed up, he is interested about the question of archives and experimental cinema, about the technology implications, the materiality and temporality, about nostalgia problems, the melancholy and the obsolescence. He is in charge of an old electronic magazine about cinema, Hors champ, and, more recently, he had started a platform of creation and audiovisual reflections Zoom Out.
Laurent Vernet has a PhD in urban studies of the National scientific research institute. His works adress, in a sociological perspective, production tendencies and the reception of artistic works in public spaces, especially in terms of matters of inclusion and diversity representations. Guest researcher in the history of art and cinematographic studies department at the University of Montreal, he has been also in charge of courses at the University of Quebec at Montreal and associated member of the Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires en études montréalaises at McGill University. He had co-directed the collective work L’illusion postmoderne? that will be published un 2021 in the Varia editions. Between 2009 and 2018, he worked at the Public art office of the city of Montreal. He animated for Savoir média, Art massif (2020) ; a serie of interviews with artists about their realisations in public art.
Clément Decault is a PhD student and charged of courses in the communication department at the University of Montreal. His actual research is about urban mobility and stakes associated with politics concerning sustainable mobility at Montreal. His thesis searches to analyse how different social inequalities are (re)configured across the framing practices and arrangement of “active” mobility. More generally, his researches participate to question the political links with space and time produced across the transformation of urban mobility. In his memoir of Master delivered in 2017 about the engagement of rap artists and activists in the social movement Black Lives Matter, Clément worked about the notion of space both as a colonial form that orients the bodies and defines the conditions of their circulation, as a mediatic form that allows of a political thinking.