Experimental media art

Experimentation in moving-image media has been the focus of my research from the very beginning. It’s at the core of three of my books, most recently
Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015).

I’m increasingly interested in artists’ rights in exhibition and distribution, issues I have learned much about over years of programming experimental media and paying artists (see Programming page).

Here are some other recent publications:

“Everyday Gods,” catalogue essay for “Transience,” generative public artwork Flicker Art Media (Aleksandra Dulic and Kenneth Newby), Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC (2018)

“Azadeh Emadi takes pixels for a spin,” catalogue essay, Azadeh Emadi, “Motion within Motion,” grunt gallery, Vancouver (2018)

“Poor Images, Ad Hoc Archives, Artists’ Rights: The Scrappy Beauties of Handmade Digital Culture,”
International Journal of Communication, 11 (2017). 3899–3916. On Selected Writings page

“Experiments at Beirut Cinema Days,”
Millennium Film Journal 66 (Fall 2017): 12-15.

“The muteness of the gods,” in
More than Meets the Eye: The Videos of Tran T. Kim-Trang, ed. Jesse Lerner, Tran T. Kim-Trang, and Holly Willis http://scalar.usc.edu/works/more-than-meets-the-eye-the-videos-of-tran-t-kim-trang/the-muteness-of-the-gods

“Workshopping for Ideas: Jacques Rivette’s
Out 1: Noli Me Tangere,” in “Dossier on Affect,” special issue of CineFiles, ed. Anne Rutherford (2016) On Selected Writings page

“Monad, Database, Remix: Manners of Unfolding in John Akomfrah’s The Last Angel of History,” in special issue of Black Camera on Black Audio Film Collective, ed. Matthias De Groof (2015) On Selected Writings page

"What Can a Body Do? Answers from Trablus, Cairo, Beirut, and Algiers,"
Paragraph, special issue, “Screening Embodiment,” ed. Nicholas Chare and Liz Watkins (2015) On Selected Writings page

“Immersed in the single channel: Experimental media from theater to gallery”
I argue that economics, more than aesthetics, rule the shift of experimental media from single-channel screenings to art galleries.
Millennium Film Journal 55 (Spring 2012): 14-23. On Selected Writings page

“Arab Glitch,” in Uncommon Grounds: New Media and Visual Practice in the Middle East and North Africa, ed. Anthony Downey (I.B. Tauris/Ibraaz Publishing, 2014) On Selected Writings page


“Imaginal Materials,” catalogue essay, Spectral Imprints, Abraaj Capital Art Prize, ed. Nat Muller (2012) On Selected Writings page