photo: Adrian Buitenhuis
Here in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University I teach in Visual Culture and Performance Studies, Film Studies, the MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies, and the MA in Comparative Media Arts. I also teach graduate students through Special Arrangements. My students are both scholars and artists (often the same person). I teach students how to think about art by drawing close to it and attending to their affective, perceptual, and finally conceptual responses. I teach artists to choose theoretical approaches that shed light on their practice. Teaching scholars to think in an art-friendly way, I privilege scholarly approaches that are less critical than descriptive, and pursue the delicate task of translating the experience of a work of art into the medium of writing.
Courses Spring 2015
FPA 412/FPA 877, Arts and Philosophies of the Fold
FPA 824, New Approaches in Moving-Image Studies
Course Fall 2014
FPA 821, Research Methods in Comparative Media Arts
News from some of my former grad students
Gabrielle Hezekiah is Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine (Trinidad). Her beautiful book, Phenomenology's Material Presence: Video, Vision and Experience, is out from Intellect Books.
Aleksandra Dulic teaches in the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan. You can read about the Cinema of Braided Processes and other projects here.
Tarja Pitkänen-Walter is Head of the Degree Program in Painting at Helsinki Academy of the Fine Arts. See her artwork here.
Emily Rosamond is doing a PhD at Goldsmiths. See her sculptural artworks here.
See Jacky Sawatzky’s interactive, performative, and handmade works here.
Donna Szöke teaches in the Department of Visual Art at Brock University. See her video and new media works here
Graduate supervision at Simon Fraser University
Senior supervisor, Jeffrey Langille, MFA. “How Is It That There Is Always Something New?” Defended, October 2014.
Senior supervisor, Alize Zorlotuna, MFA. “Queering Islamicate Aesthetics.” Defended, September 2013.
Senior supervisor, Sydney Koke, MFA. “Holographic Universe.” Defended, September 2013.
Senior supervisor, Edith Artner, MFA, “Surfbox Sitting on a Liquid Platform: A Note on Sensory Motility, or the ‘Architecture of Landing.’” Defended, September 2011.
Senior supervisor, Natalie Sorenson, MFA, “The Life’s Work of Murphy Piltdown.” Defended, April 2010.
Senior supervisor, Emily Rosamond, MFA, “Chewing Chewing Chewing Social Space.” Defended, October 2007.
Senior supervisor, Amanda Christie, MFA. “Sensuous Machines: Embodied Mechanics of Cinematic Performances.” Defended, May 2007.
Senior supervisor, Jacky Sawatzky, MFA. “The RGB Project.” Defended, December 2004.
Senior supervisor, Sabita Majid, MA in History. “Bollywood’s Diasporan Audience.” Defended, May 2008.
Supervisor, Maria Federova, MA in Interactive Art and Technology. “Performing Political: Precarious Aesthetics of Digital Video in Capturing Activist Performance.”In progress.
Supervisor, Andrew Czink, Ph.D., Liberal Studies. “Philosophy of Embodied Musical Practices.” In progress.
Supervisor, Tyler Fox, Ph.D., School for Interactive Arts and Technology. “Transductive Praxis in BioArt: Relational Ontology and Aesthetics of Nonhuman Experience.” In progress.
Supervisor, Adam Ashraf-Abaidi, Ph.D., School for Interactive Arts and Technology. In progress.
Supervisor, Deborah Edmeades, MFA. “On the Validity of Illusion (and Its Attractions).” Defended, September 2014.
Supervisor, Özgün Eylül İşcen, MA in Interactive Art and Technology, “Migrating Embodied Experiences: The Convergence of Sensory Ethnography and Experimental Documentary.” Defended, May 2014.
Supervisor, Juan Manuel Sepulveda, MFA. “The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park.” Defended, May 2014.
Supervisor, Charlene Vickers, MFA. “My Breath, My Gravity: My Anishinabe Indexical Opens, Pops and Riffs.” Defended, September 2013.
Supervisor, Hamidreza Jadid, MFA. “Temporary Marriage.” Defended, September 2013.
Supervisor, Helma Sawatzky, MA in Communication. “Unfolding Presence: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Photography.” Defended, September 2011.
Supervisor, Adrian Buitenhuis, MFA, “HWY 99.” Defended, November 2008.
Supervisor, Sharon Kahanoff, MFA., “The Here to Gathered.” Defended, September 2008.
Supervisor, Donna Szoke, MFA. “Optics Out of Shadows: The Presence of Absence.” Defended, March 2007.
Supervisor, Aleksandra Dulic, Ph.D., School for Interactive Art and Technology. “Fields of Interaction: From Shadow Play Theatre to Media Performance.” Defended, May 2006.
Post-doctoral supervisor, Dr. Hudson Moura, “The Intermedial Frontiers of Exile in Intercultural Cinema.” 2004-2006.
Other graduate supervision
Auckland University of Technology, School of Art and Design
Supervisor, Azadeh Emadi, Ph.D. “Pa Dar Hava (Feet in the Air)—an unfolding of a Middle Eastern space of exile via moving image art.” Defended, August 2014.
Helsinki Academy of the Arts, Finland
Doctoral advisor, Tarja Pitkanen-Walter, Ph.D. Program in Fine Arts. “From Amodal Perception To Abstract Representation – Re-Interpretation Of Modernist Painting.” Defended, June 2006.
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto
Doctoral committee member, Gabrielle Hezekiah, Ph.D. “Experimentation, Mediation, and Knowledge: The Videos of Robert Yao Ramesar.” Defended, February 20, 2006.
Supervisor, James Missen, “Fringe Experientiality: Canadian Experimental Film and Video as Affective Cultural Theory,” M.A. in Film Studies, Carleton University. Defended, April 2002.
Supervisor, Maria Ramadori, “Phenomenal Bodies: Relocating the Senses in Canadian Feminist Experimental Cinema,” M.A. in Canadian Studies, Carleton University. Defended May 2001.
Supervisor, Barbara Rockburn, “Bonne Entente: Elliptical Elisions and Canadian Narrative Structure,” M.A. in Canadian Studies, Carleton University. Defended September 1997.
Recent graduate examination
Tammer El Sheikh, " Strategies of refusal: art and cultural politics in the work of Edward W. Said and Hassan Khan," Department of Art History & Communication, McGill University, 2013
Tereza Stehlikova, "Tangible Territory: Inviting the Body into the Experience of Moving Image," Ph.D. in Animation, Royal College of Art, London, 2012
Ilona Hongisto, “Soul of the Documentary: Expression and the Capture of the Real,” Ph. D. dissertation, University of Turku, Finland, 2011
Kjetil Rodje, “Seeing Red: Blood Images in American Cinema, 1958-1969, Ph.D. dissertation, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, 2011
Nour Dados, “Lost and Found in Beirut: Memory and Place in Narratives of the City,” Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Communication, University of Technology Sydney, 2010