Teaching

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Here in the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University I teach in Art, Cinema, and Performance Studies, the MA in Comparative Media Arts, and the MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies. I also teach graduate students through Special Arrangements. My students are scholars, artists, organizers, and impresarios. I teach people 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 art-friendly ways of thinking, I pursue the delicate task of translating the experience of a work of art into the medium of writing.

Courses Fall 2017
CA 821, Research Methods in Comparative Media Arts
CA 824, Colloquium in Comparative Media Arts

Courses Spring 2018
CA 436/824, New Approaches in Moving-Images Studies

Graduate supervision
Ph.D.
Supervisor, Daisy Esegbona Thompson. Ph.D. by Special Arrangement. In progress.
Supervisor, Yani Kong. Ph.D. by Special Arrangement. In progress.
Supervisor, Andrew Czink, Ph.D. in Liberal Studies. “Philosophy of Embodied Musical Practices.” In progress.
Supervisor, Tyler Fox, Ph.D. in Interactive Arts and Technology. “Transductive Praxis in BioArt: Relational Ontology and Aesthetics of Nonhuman Experience.” Defended, May 2015.
Supervisor, Azadeh Emadi, Ph.D., Auckland University of Technology, School of Art and Design. “Pa Dar Hava (Feet in the Air)—an unfolding of a Middle Eastern space of exile via moving image art.” Defended, August 2014.
Supervisor, Aleksandra Dulic, Ph.D. in Interactive Art and Technology. “Fields of Interaction: From Shadow Play Theatre to Media Performance.” Defended, May 2006.

MFA
Senior supervisor, Asmaa Al-Issa. Defended, September 2017.
Supervisor, Vilhelm Sundin. Defended, September 2016.
Supervisor, Deborah Edmeades. “On the Validity of Illusion (and Its Attractions).” Defended, September 2014.
Supervisor, Juan Manuel Sepulveda Martínez. “The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park.” Defended, March 2014.
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.

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Students, and other monads, in “Arts and Philosophies of the Fold,” spring 2015. Photo: Laura Marks

In the MA in Comparative Media Arts, students produce two extended essays or projects. Some I’ve worked with are:
Lee Gilad. “Richter, Kippenberger and Bergemann: Capitalist and Communist Memories of the Holocaust.” Completed December 2016.
Dionne Horacsek. “Manic-Pixie and Melancholia: Analyzing the Expressive Potential in the Self(less).” Completed December 2016.
Megan Jones. “Something about Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.” Completed December 2016.
Jorma Kujala. "See Me, Feel Me, Touch, Me, Hear Me: Embodied Cognition and Soundwalks." Completed April 2016.
Jelena Beocovich. “Turbo Folk.” Completed December 2015.
Carolina Bergonzoni. “Presence in Dance – Practical Strategies in a Choreographic Process: An Analysis of Rob Kitsos’s new work Saudade.” Completed December 2015.
Elysia Bourne. “The Sense Image and the Resurrection of Cultural Memory: elements of haptic image, duration and objecthood in Sergei Parajanov’s The Colour of Pomegranates (1968).” Completed December 2015.
Kristina Fiedrich. “The Glut of Faciality: investigating the resonance of biometric technologies in contemporary portraiture.” Completed December 2015.
Molly Grant. “Dynamics of Experience: Visual Ethnographies and Corporeal Knowledge in The Enclave.” Completed December 2015.
Mandy Ginson. “Surface Effects: Collage, Photomontage and Contemporary Internet Aesthetics.” Completed December 2015.
Rebecca Karpus. “Defining Ballerina: Degas, Shonibare, and ballerina media.” Completed December 2015.
Maria Cecilia Saba Bonilla. “Altered Realities: Visceral journeys into post-war Peruvian Andean horror films.” Completed December 2015.
Bridget Uhl. “Framing Uncharted Territory with Digital Storytelling.” Completed December 2015.
Justin Ramsey. Completed April 2015.
Dillon Ramsey. Completed April 2015.
Bob Christie. “New Millennium Queer Cinema and the Affects of Joy.” Completed December 2014.


Other MAs:
Supervisor, Maria Federova, MA in Interactive Art and Technology. “Performing Political: Precarious Aesthetics of Digital Video in Capturing Activist Performance.”Defended 2015.
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, Helma Sawatzky, MA in Communication. “Unfolding Presence: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Photography.” Defended, September 2011.
Senior supervisor, Sabita Majid, MA in History. “Bollywood’s Diasporan Audience.” Defended, May 2008.


photo: Adrian Buitenhuis

Recent graduate examination
Mohsen Nasrin, “The Intensity of Recollection-Images in Suspicious River and The Law of Enclosures”, Ph.D. in Cultural Mediations, Carleton University, 2016
Nick Dicecco, “The Ends of Adaptation: Comparative Media, Digital Culture, and Performance,” Ph.D. in English, Simon Fraser University, 2015
Mansoor Behnam, “Rhizomatic Thinking: Mystical Philosophy in Experimental Film and Video Art,” Ph.D. in Cultural Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, 2015

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