The MA in Comparative Media Arts prepares students for work as curators, cultural programmers, arts administrators, arts writers, and other careers in the arts. It also prepares students for a range of PhDs that study the fine and performing arts.

Laura Albert

MA Graduate Student

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Laura Albert

Areas:

Dance and Dance Studies, Performance Studies, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory
 

Bio:

I am a dance educator, arts administrator, and community organizer. My work is driven by questions about representation, access, and inclusion in the arts, and the role of the artist in society. I have taught and performed dance in over 10 cities in North America and abroad. I completed my BA at SFU in 2010, with a major in Humanities and a certificate in Sustainable Community Development. In addition to my work in the SCA MA program, I currently co-direct Luciterra Dance Company and act as Outreach Manager for Indian Summer Festival.

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As a settler I dance and write on the unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, in this place I know and love as home.




 

Elysia Bourne

MA Graduate Student

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Elysia Bourne

Areas:

Film, Video, Visual Arts, Gender Studies and Women's Studies, Geography

Bio:

I have lived in Vancouver, BC for most of my life and have been studying film, video and cultural theory for the past ten years at Langara College and Simon Fraser University. I finished my BFA in Film in Spring ’13 at SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts.

Currently developing research on affects in the urban landscape, I'm attempting to explore psychogeographical aspects of Vancouver using video and my research of other art works dealing with similar phenomena. Working with the theory of the shadow archive by Derrida, and furthered by Cinema professor Akira Mizuta Lippit, I'm also examining absent narratives and the early archival practice of Vancouver archivist J.S. Matthews as well as other contributions to the present state of local mediation of our landscape.

These days I'm watching a lot of early Vancouver experimental film and video of the 1960’s - 80’s, exploring lots of diasporic/exilic cinema and enjoying immersing myself in media scholarship and advocacy for the humanities and arts.

Dionne Horacsek

MA Graduate Student

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Dionne Horacsek

Areas:

Gender studies, visual arts, film and literature

Bio:

I have lived in and around Vancouver for my entire life. Since graduating with a BA from Simon Fraser University in 2014 I have been traveling and working full time as a yoga instructor, a profession that has brought up many questions around gender, class and inclusivity.

Throughout my MA I plan to explore female identity and contemporary disconnection alongside ideas of utopia, perfection, sadness and boredom. From Hamlet's Ophelia to The Virgin Suicides, I am interested in the ways in which these ideas manifest in film and popular culture, and how they morph as technology and social media strengthen as cultural forces. 

Yani Kong

PhD (Special Arrangements), Teaching Assistant

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Yani Kong

Areas:

Critical Theory, Philosophy, Art History, Visual Culture, Cultural Studies

Bio:

I am a visual culture historian and scholar completing a PhD by special arrangement in the School for the Contemporary Arts. I hold a Masters in Theory, Culture, and Politics from Trent University, and am an alumna of SFU SCA with a BA in Art and Culture Studies. My research focusses on the concept of the disenchantment of the world and the possibilities for art and other visual phenomena to stimulate forms of re- enchantment. I study bodies of artwork that possess haunted qualities, completing my MA thesis on the 19th Century American spirit photographer William Mumler, and now turning my attention to Post-911 visual culture through the work of Art Spiegelman, Ryan McGinley, and Robert Gober. 

Minah Lee

MA Graduate Student

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Minah Lee

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Bio:

Minah is a world citizen who was born and raised in South Korea. She is currently one of the unlanded on this land today and also a proud member of a secret army called ESL poetrees planted in the soil. She wants to use her privilege of standing in academia as a researcher/artist to delve deeper into the issues of being and belonging against the commodification of citizenship; human security; identities of migrants, located in the state-driven paradigms. Minah takes pleasure in excavating personal narratives and creative practices in all forms that subvert and/or challenge the up-to-date grand narratives such as War on Terror, Economic Security, and Public Safety. What do privacy and freedom of expression mean to individuals, especially artists, in the state of surveillance?

Minah wants to inspire new ways of becoming and longing by re-imagining Home and borders. She believes that securing more places to summon and share personal/social traumas and memories is essential. If new technology and devices are an extension of our body/mind and its dwelling spaces, how do we draw boundaries from governing machines that are programmed to perpetuate cycles of exploitation by controlling our physical/psychological agencies?

My questions are ripples of utterance trumbled in my second language.

I lost my tongue when I opened my eyes so I drop my saliva into your earpond so that you touch my voice. What do you hear?

Jason Margolis

MA Graduate Student

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Jason Margolis

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I am a filmmaker, journalist and media educator, and I work as a producer for SFU’s Creative Studio. My career encompasses contributions as a writer, director, producer, picture editor, story editor and musical composer on documentaries, features, short films, music videos and television series. In my personal work, I recognize an ongoing interest in mythology, memory, marginalization, subculture and dogs, and occasionally incorporate archaic production technology such as degraded film stock and toy video cameras. These personal projects have screened in international film festivals and art galleries, and have been broadcast on television networks around the world.

My education includes a BA in film production from UBC, fellowships from SFU’s Praxis Centre for Screenwriters and CTV/Banff Television Festival, and development training courses from the National Screen Institute - Canada. As a media educator, I taught screenwriting and production at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Vancouver Film School and the Art Institute of Vancouver, and have guest lectured at Capilano University.

Having spent several seasons running a television series on the ways emerging technologies affect culture and entertainment, I have a special interest in the evolution of our interaction with storytelling and art. My research aims to explore the influence of audience engagement and participation with content, aesthetics, structure and format of audiovisual media. I would like to examine how new opportunities to directly interact with and influence storytellers and artists are redefining the nature of art itself.

Michelle Martin

MA Graduate Student

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Michelle Martin

Areas:

Documentary-fiction hybridity, experimental literary adaptations, the cinema of Miguel Gomes, Lucrecia Martel and the work of Hito Steyerl, Agnieszka Kurant, theories of phenomenology, Bakhtin's carnivalesque (work sample), gender and performance in cinema.

Bio:

My research focus comes out of a diverse background pulling from languages, cinema and visual culture. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Romance Languages and went on to complete coursework in human ecology at the U of A and in film production at SFU. Currently, I am most interested in cinematic and moving image works that trouble the divide between documentary and fiction as well as those that experiment with literary adaptations. My other interests include theories of phenomenology, gender performance, Bakhtin's carnivalesque and ideas of the archive.

Lida Pawliuk

MA Graduate Student

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Lida Pawliuk

Areas:

The intersections of women, art, and technology.

Bio:

I graduated Emily Carr University in 2013 with a BFA focused in drawing as well as critical and cultural theory.  Most recently I have been developing a hardware electronic music project under the moniker Minimal Violence in collaboration with my partner Ashlee Gowriluk, also a student within the SCA. Our first release in 2015 was through Vancouver based all-female collective Genero, formed by Soledad Muñoz. Since then, we have played live locally, in the U.S. and Europe, as well as released both tapes and records through labels based in Vancouver, Seattle, Dublin, and Frankfurt, with more releases scheduled in months to come.

Visually, I am concerned with light, texture, depth, the work of time, and the idea of the double. Having last shown my detailed drawings of wood panels at Unit/Pitt, I aim to continue my visual practice concurrently with my MA research.

During my studies I expect to investigate the intersections of women, art, and technology. I am interested in the roles of women, or the absence of women, in certain technological and artistic avenues such as sound. Additionally, I am interested in developing the idea of electronic mediums as enabling a modular identity through which women may assemble and piece together new forms of communication, interpretation, self-representation or dissolution. Possible points of reference may be Anne Carson’s The Gender of Sound, techno-cyber feminisms of the late 80s and 90s, as well as a more recent call for a xenofeminism embracing alienation. 

Shervin Shadmehr

MA Graduate Student

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Shervin Shadmehr

Areas:

Narrative & Documentary Film Production, Directing, Editing, Sound Mixing

Bio:

I am a 29-year-old Iranian Video Producer with non-linear editing as my main expertise. I finished my bachelor’s degree in Film Editing amongst the top five graduates. I also have an associate’s degree in Computer Software.

I have been involved in various video productions, TV broadcasts, commercials, and live events. I was a member of photography & videography crew in 32nd International Fajr Film Festival Tehran-Iran, documenting the festival.

I founded “the THREE BENCHES group” 8 years ago which has contributed towards production and distribution of several media projects. Our short-drama “Mistaken Manna” was selected for the international showcase in NFFTY 2010 Seattle-US. We were also nominated for the best sport-video award in Tehran International Sport Movies Festival 2011 for “Esteghlalish Blue / Persepolis Men”. The short- documentary “I’m NOT a Freak” received two official selections in EasternBreeze International Film Festival 2013 Toronto-Canada and 4th Viewster Online Film Fest 2014.

I have conducted several researches in artistic and technical aspects of cinema, including an academic paper, “Direct Cinema & Richard Leacock, The Father of Modern Documentary”. Following these researches, I decided to explore the effect of visual art on film production and methodologies for using other art forms in filmmaking as my MA thesis.