February 05, 2015

Dr. Laura Marks is the 2015 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Programmer!


The Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology would like to congratulate Dr. Laura Marks for being selected as the 2015 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar Programmer! 

As the programmer, Dr. Marks will be helping curate the weeklong event to be held in New York this June. The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar is an event that brings together filmmakers, curators, scholars, students, and media professionals to share in an intimate experience that includes communal living, screening sessions, discussions, social gatherings, and special events. Dr. Marks describes the event as a “very influential program and one of the most desired venues for documentary filmmakers to show their work. [She] attended the Flaherty many times and got a lot of inspiration for writing and curating.” This year’s theme is The Scent of Places - عطر الأماكن, which suggests the ways cinema makes the subtlest of presences perceptible. 

An outstanding scholar, theorist, and leader in media arts, we are proud to have Dr. Laura Marks as our Dena Wosk University Professor teaching in the School for the Contemporary Arts. Dr. Marks teaches in our Visual Culture and Performance Studies, Film Studies, MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, and MA in Comparative Media Arts programs. She also supervises a number of Master’s and Doctoral students.

Dr. Marks’ research focuses on the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world, intercultural perspectives on new media art, and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture. As a published scholar, her most recent work is a book in press which discusses some of the fascinating works in Arab cinema and media art over the last 20 years in which experimentation cuts through convention and gets close to something newly emerging, to life itself. In 2010, she published Enfoldment and Infinity, a book that establishes points of contact between classical Islamic art and contemporary computer-based art. 

Curating is also a central aspect to her research, as her work focuses on hard-to-find experimental and documentary cinema. Dr. Marks has curated scores of programs for venues all over the world, from here in Vancouver all the way to Brussels, Belgium. She notes that the Flaherty would be her biggest curated program yet.