Lectures, Talks and Conferences

Conferences and Learned Societies
Public Talks and Invited Lectures
Conferences and Events Co-Organized


 

Conferences and Learned Societies

“LIVING ARCHITECTURE (1951-1972) as Urban Media,” Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology, September 28-30, 2011, John Moores University, Liverpool England.

“Site Specificity and New Media in the work of Michael Snow,” Site Atelier international — In situ / de visu / in motu. Architecture, cinéma et arts technologiques, Montréal, le 23 et 24 septembre 2011, Université de Montréal.

“Norman McLaren and 3D at the Festival of Britain, ” Toronto International 3D Conference, Toronto, June 2011.

“Expo 67 as Counterblast,” RE-TOUCHING McLUHAN –The Medium is the MASSAGE, Marshall McLuhan Centennial Weekend, May 27-29, 2011, Transmediale with the Embassy of Canada / Marshall McLuhan Salon, Berlin.

Roundtable Plenary, McLuhan Galaxy International Conference, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the IN3 – Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Barcelona, May 23-25, 2011.

“World Fairs and 3D Cinema,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans March 2011.

“Expo 67 as CounterBlast,” Urban Mediations Conference, University of Winnipeg, February 2011 (Keynote).

“Mourning Suburbs: Art and Development,” My City is Still Breathing Conference, Winnipeg, November 2010.

“Introduction to Robert Lepage’s Image Mill,” Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Congress Event, Concordia University May 2010.

“Erkki Kurreniemi and the Archive,” Critique of Archival Reason 2, European Artistic Research Network in Helsinki, April 2010.

“Screen as World: Terre des hommes as Global Media Experiment,” Screen World Symposium, Concordia University, February 2010.

“Media Art in Canada,” Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográficos (ICAIC), January 2010.

“Expo 67 and Screen Architecture,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Carleton University, May 2009.

“The Future of Life on Mars: An Archival Project by Erkki Kurenniemi,” Animating the Archives, Brown University December 2009.

“Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory VI, “Designing China,” convened by Ackbar Abbas & David Theo Goldberg, Fine Arts Academy (Shanghai, China), August 9-22, 2009 (seminar participant).

“Expo 67 and Screen Architecture,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Carleton University, May 2009.

“Leona Drive Project,” Urban Mediation: On Suburban Spaces and Cultures Joint Symposium, University of Windsor and York University, May 2009.

“Research Roundtable”, The Future Cinema Lab: New Stories for New Screens Symposium, York University, May 2009.

“The New Media City of Expo 67,” Media in Transition 6, MIT Boston April 2009.

“Living Space: Cinema Architectures of Expo 67,” Visible Evidence XV Conference, University of Lincoln, UK August 2008.

“Gideon, Tyrwhitt and new Approaches to Urban Studies,” Canadian Communications Association Annual Conference, University of British Columbia,,May 2008 (co-presented with Michael Darroch).

“Fluid Screens,” Roundtable on “Screen Studies” organized by Charles Acland, Joint Film Studies Association and  Canadian Communications Association Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, May 2008.

“The Dance of the Anthropoids: Erkki Kurenniemi’s World Archive,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Philadelphia 2008.

“McLuhan and the Explorations Group,” Inter(pr)axis Conference,” Ontario College of Art and Design, January 2008 (with Michael Darroch).

“Gideon, Tyrwhitt and the Explorations Groups,”  The Second International Conference on the Histories of Media, Art, Science and Technology Conference at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, November 2007 (co-presented with Michael Darroch).

“The Montreal Apartment,” Migrating Media Conference, Ryerson University, September 2007.

“McLuhan and the Multiple Screen,” Global 60s Conference, Queen’s University, June 2007.

“The Visible City”, Urban Methodologies Symposium, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, April 2007.

“Media Specificity and Resistant Obsolescence:  The Case of CineCycle, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Chicago, March 2007.

“Art as Knowledge System,” Artist as Researcher, Finnish Academy of Fine Art, November 2006 (keynote).

“Ephemeral Art and the Spaces of Film,” Useful Cinema, Concordia University, August 2006.

“Art Interventions and Urban Transits,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, May 2006 (organized and chaired panel).

“Cities Roundtable: The Sociable City,” York University, May 2006 (with Roger Keil, Steven Flusty, Engin Isin and Warren Crichlow).

“Visible City Project,” York Research Gallery, (at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences), York University, May 2006.

“Electronic Research,” Publishing Workshop, Canadian Communications Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, York University, May 2006.

“Steichen’s Curatorial Practices,” Emotional Geographies, Queen’s University, May 2006.

“Translocal Arts Collectives and New Citizenship Practices,” Urbanscape: Havana Biennale, University of Ottawa, March 2006.

“Digital Technology as a New Language,” 3rd Annual Conference on ICT-Enhanced French Studies: Dialogues Across Cultures, York University, October 2005.

“McLuhan and the Cultural Mosaic,” Intellectuals and Cultural Policy, Cultural Policy Research Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, England, September 2005 (paper read in absentia).

(R) “The Family of Man: Steichen’s Photography and Affect,” Visible Evidence XII, Concordia University, August 2005, (organized panel on Documentary film and affect).

“Translocal Arts Collectives and New Forms of Art,” Interactiva Festival, Merida, Mexico, June 2005.

Round Table: “Toronto, Memory and Representation,” Voicing Toronto: The City and the Arts, University of Toronto, May 2005.

(R) “Into the Labyrinth: Future Cinemas at Expo 67,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference (at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences), University of Western Ontario, May 2005.

“The Labyrinth Project: Multiple Screens and Architecture at Expo ’67,” Montreal at Street Level, Centre for Canadian Architecture, April 2005.

“New Media: Global Art Resisting,” Symposium on Cultural Dissent, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, March 2005.

“McLuhan and the Death of Art,” McLuhan FestivalTOPIA Panel, November 2004.

(R) “Artists Remaking Urban Spaces In and Through Global Cultural Flows,” Canadianation: Negotiating New Spaces, Politics, and Identities in and through Global Cultural Flows, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, May 2004.

(R) “Film Festivals as Alternative Media,” Global Flows, Dissent and Diversity: The New Agenda, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, Université du Québec à Montréal, May 2004.

(R) “New Media, Global Cultural Flows, and Dissent,” Global Cultural Flows: Concepts, Theory and Strategic Implications, Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University, March 2004.

(R) “Winged Migration and the Real Film,” Realizing Nature in a Digital Environment Panel, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2004.

“Art Communities and Dissent,” Politics of Dissent, Université du Québec à Montréal, March 2004.

“The Value of the Parochial,” The Canadian Association of Culture Studies Second Annual Conference, McMaster University, February 2004.

(R) “McLuhan’s Hybrid Energies,” History of Intermediality, Centre de Recherche sur l’Intermédialité, Montreal, November 2003.

(R) “Digital Technologies and Research Methodologies: Virtual Toronto,” Bridges II Conference, Banff Centre for the Arts, October 2002.

(R) “Virtual Cities as Archives,” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Toronto, June 2002.

(R) Panel Respondent: “Figural Vocabularies of Gender in 19th Century Science and Technology,” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Toronto, May 2002.

“Art Scenes and Everyday Life,” Experimentalism and the Arts, Queen’s University, November 2001.

(R) “Virtual Toronto,” Culture of Cities Project, Summer Institute, York University, June 2001.

(R) “Film Culture in Toronto,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference (at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences), Université Laval, Québec, May 2001.

“Film Festivals in Toronto,” Culture of Cities Symposium, Berlin, Germany, July 2000.

“Doctors in 1960s Television Dramas,” Annual Screen Conference, Scotland, June 2000.

(R) “The Nature of Suffering: Anne Claire Poirier’s Loving Documents,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference (atCongress of the Humanities and Social Sciences), University of Alberta, May 2000.

(R) “Physicians as Entertainment,” The Canadian Medical Association Annual General Meeting, Ottawa, June 1999 (keynote).

(R) “Teaching Women and Film,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference (at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences), Université de Sherbrooke, June 1999 (roundtable).

“National Culture and Canadian Identity,” The Image as Flesh: Celebrating the Films of Bruce Elder, Ryerson University, February 1999.

“Rethinking McLuhan,” The McLuhan Lectures, University of Toronto, October 1998.

“McLuhan’s Cultural Criticism and the Tradition of Media Studies,” Social and Political Thought 25th Anniversary Conference: The Critique of Relevance and the Relevance of Critique, York University, September 1998.

“Communicating Disease: Women’s Health and Media,” Congress Health Colloquium, Film Studies Association of Canada Session:University of Ottawa, May 1998 (Chair).

(R) “60 Million Mama’s Boys, or The Mechanical Bride,” Annual Conference of the Canadian Communications Association, University of Ottawa, May 1998.

“The Nature of Film,” Useful Images Conference, Oberhausen, Germany, April 1998.

“Cyberfeminism,” Mediated Extentions Conference, ArtSpace Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario, July 1997.

(R) “Nature Films,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Learneds, Memorial University, June 1997.

(R) “From GH to ER: Medicine, Melodrama and Television,” Console-ing Passions Annual Conference, Concordia University, May 1997.

“Gender, Nation, Cinema,” Canadian Cinema: Modes of Address Colloquium, Lonergan College, Concordia University, April 1997.

“Visual Evidence and New Technologies,” Lonergan Film Lectures, Concordia University, April 1997 (panel)..

“La vidéo et l’auto-representation,” Colloque Récit d’une Intimite, Université du Quebec à Montreal, March 1997.

(R) “David Suzuki’s Television Guide to Genetics,” Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Finland, July 1996.

(R) “History on CD-ROM,” Annual Screen Conference, John Logie Baird Centre, Scotland, June 1996.

(R) “The Ontology of New Technologies,” Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Aesthetics, Learneds, Brock University, June 1996.

“Communications et études cinématographiques,” Association Canadien Français des Arts et Sciences, McGill University, May 1996.

(R) Modernist Utopias: Postformalism and Pure Visuality Conference, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, December 1995 (panel moderator and respondent).

(R) “Feminism, Nationalism and Culture: Media Collectives in Quebec,” Annual Conference of the Canadian Communications Association, Université du Québec à Montréal, June 1995.

“The Body as Information,” ReTouch: Art, Gender, Technology Conference, The Public Access Collective, Toronto, March 1995.

Keynote Speaker: “Aesthetics/Institutions,” Canadian Studies Graduate Students Association Conference, McGill University, April 1995.

“The Secret of Life: Genetics and Imaging,” Screen/Sites Conference, Graduate Program in Communications, McGill University, April 1994.

(R) “Cracking the Code: The Popular Discourse of the Body Archive,” Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema Studies, Syracuse, March 1994.

“Art, New Technologies and Access: Art and Money, or What is it Worth?” Innis Centenary Conference, York University, January 1994.

(R) “Video at the National Film Board of Canada,” Annual Screen Conference, John Logie Baird Centre, Scotland, June 1993.

“Community and Art,” Indigenous Media Conference: Images, Identities and Politics, McGill University, March 1992.

“Spectatorship in Cyberspace,” Art as Theory/Theory and Art Conference, University of Ottawa, November 1991.

(R) “Murder by Television: The Promise of Cyberspace,” Annual Conference of the Canadian Communications Association, Learneds, Queen’s University, June 1991.

(R) “Is the Dead Author a Woman?” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Carleton University, June 1990.

(R) “Staging the Victim: Lyotard’s Acinema,” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of Regina, June 1989.

“The Struggle for Locality,” Conference on Public Art, Trent University, June 1987.

(R) “Jacques et Novembre,” Joint Conference of the Association Québécoise des Etudes Cinématographiques and the Film Studies Association of Canada, Université Laval, Quebec, May 1986.

 

Public Talks and Invited Lectures

“Artists and Urban Screens in Toronto,” Toronto Urban Festival, Drake Underground, September 2011.

“Learning from Leona: Suburbs and Art,” University of Buffalo Reading Group in Cultural Studies of Space (keynote), April 2010.

“Expanded Cinema,” and “The End of Cinema: McLuhan and the Digital”, two lectures delivered at the Escuela Internacional de CIne y Television (EICTV), La Habana, Cuba, January 2010.

“What Art Can Tell Us About Urban Planning,” Roundtable Creativity in the Suburbs, Willowdale Library, October 2009.

“Ephemeral Art in the Digital Age.” Art Metropole and SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre), Reply: All, June 2009.

Participant, “Forum Expanded: Digital Media and the Work of Michael Snow.” Berlinale Film Festival, Berlin, February 2009.

“Architecture and Projection,” Cinema Studies Program, University of Toronto, March 2007.

“The Explorations Group,” International School for New Media, University of Lubeck, Germany, November 2007 (with Michael Darroch).

“The Place of the New in New Media,” University of Pennsylvania, November 2007.

“McLuhan’s Cosmic Media,” invited lecture at Wilfrid Laurier University, broadcast on the TV Ontario program “Big Ideas”, 2005.

“Marshall McLuhan: Art as Epistemology,” Cultural Policy Forum, Centre for Media and Culture in Education, University of Toronto, December 2005.

“McLuhan’s ABC,” Dudley Cinema at Sponto Gallery, Los Angeles, California, November 2005.

“MESS (Media Ecology Super Sessions) on Cosmic Media,” epOxybOx Gallery and Studio, Los Angeles, California, November 2005.

Marshall McLuhan-Finnegans Wake Reading Club, Abbot-Kinney Memorial Library, Los Angeles, California, November 2005.

“Visual Culture and Visual Research,” Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, York University, November 2005.

“Translocal Arts Collectives and Practices of Citizenship,” The City Seminar, York University, October 2005.

“Screens and McLuhan’s Hybrid Media,” The McLuhan Lectures, University of Toronto, July 2005.

“Visible City Project,” Speakers’ Series, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, September 2004.

“Film Festivals as Global Flow and Identity Formation,” Robarts Centre Symposium on Global Cultural Flows, York University, March 2004.

“McLuhan and Cosmic Media,” Distortion Speakers’ Series, Department of Art History and Communication, McGill University, 2003.

“McLuhan and Perception,” The Independents, Department of Film, York University, Fall 2002.

“Cosmic Media: Multiplicity, McLuhan, Miracles,” Culture and Diversity—Speakers’ Series, Institute for the Humanities, University of Manitoba, November 2002.

“Dramatizing Illness: Medicos and the Popular Culture of TV Doctors,” Seminar for Advanced Research: Figural Vocabularies of Gender in Science, Medicine and Technology, York University, January 2002.

“Doctor TV: Comparing Canadian and American Popular Medical Culture,” Bethune College Lectures, York University, January 1999.

“Community Video,” Department of Fine Arts, Concordia University, October 1997.

“The Public Discourse on Art,” Speaking Volumes Exhibition/Roundtable, Oboro Gallery, Montreal, January 1997.

“Community Television in Canada,” Department of Film, Concordia University, March 1996.

“The New Body Language: Genetics and Representation,” Department of Visual Arts, University of Ottawa, February 1996.

“Art and Feminism,” Graduate Program in Fine Arts, Concordia University, March 1995.

“Public Access: Rethinking Access,” Canadian Cultural Studies Seminar, Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University, October 1994.

“New Technologies, New Bodies,” Graduate Program in Communication Studies, McGill University, October 1994.

“The Photographs of Etienne-Jules Marey,” Mercer Union Gallery Lectures, Toronto, January 1993.

“News and New Technologies,” Department of Film, York University, April 1991.

“Interactive Culture,” Department of Comparative Literature, University of Syracuse, March 1991.

“Women’s Cinema,” Department of Film, York University, November 1990.

Respondent to Laura Mulvey at the Counter Talk/Public Access Lecture Series, Toronto. April 1988.

 

Conferences and Events Co-Organized

Urban Field Speakers Series, at Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art: Organized International Public Lecture Series on Art and the City, with Scott McLeod: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

McLuhan 100, International conference for the centenary of McLuhan’s birth, University of Toronto, 2011 (steering/programming committee).

1ST Toronto International 3D Conference, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto, 2011.

Experimental Media Congress, Toronto, 2010 (steering committee).

On Suburban Spaces and Cultures, Joint Symposium, University of Windsor and York University, May 2009 (co-organized with Michael Darroch).

Migrating Media, International Conference on Transnational Media ProductionsRyerson University, September 2007 (steering committee).

Symposium: New Methodologies and Urban Studies, invited members from York University and Queen’s University, York University, April 2007.

Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, York University, 2006 (steering committee).

Working Papers 2005-09, Visible City Project + Archive, Toronto, October 2005-April 2009, doctoral forum — York and Ryerson Students (co-organized with doctoral student).

Urban Interventions: A Symposium on Art and the City, Visible City Project + Archive in collaboration with Images Festival, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art and the Drake Hotel, Toronto, April 2005.

Technology, Media, Cities, co-presentation with Public Access and Images Festival, Innis College, University of Toronto, April 2003.

Digital Aesthetics Conference, Innis College, University of Toronto, April 2000 (co-organized with Susan Lord).

Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, Université de Sherbrooke, June 1999.

Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of Ottawa, June 1998.

Kodak Lecture Series, Ryerson University, March 1989 (organized and chaired panel discussion with Yvonne Rainer).

Organizing Committee, Public Access Lectures (three series of six lectures), Toronto, 1988, 1989, 1990.