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As well as providing an enriched interdisciplinary context for study, 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.

Mar Alzamora

MA Graduate Student

malzamor@sfu.ca

Experimentation, poetry, moving image, and my doublebass have always accompanied my life, but after I became a certified Deep Listening practitioner, my creative practice changed drastically. The DL community taught me how to reconnect with the world through sound embodiment. For years, I have dedicated my experimental interdisciplinary practice to the relationship between the city, sound, and memory; my sensory experiences in the city through soundwalks and sonic meditations.

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Mozhdeh Bashirian

MA Graduate Student

mozhdeh_bashirian@sfu.ca

My BA degree is in Film Directing, and I have some experience in filmmaking—fiction and documentary. I value both purely creative and purely academic aspects of arts. I am interested in exploring the unexplored and finding out what possibilities are beyond the familiar conventions. At present, the notable disinterest/skepticism toward film theory and postmodernist approaches in Iran motivates me more for further study in these fields.

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Shauna-Kaye Brown

MA Graduate Student

Shauna-Kaye Brown is a critically thinking Creative whose passion is collaborating with other creatives to achieve common goals. Over ten years of professional experience has shown that she truly enjoys watching thoughts, ideas and concepts come to life. As an employee, subcontractor or freelancer, Shauna-Kaye has been an Entertainment Policy technocrat, Entertainment Administrator and Music Business Executive. Her vocational pursuits have also seen her planning and producing micro, medium and large music events as well as the production of medium and large-scale music festivals in Jamaica. Shauna-Kaye holds a BA in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management with a Minor in Music from the University of the West Indies, Mona. This is accompanied by a wide spectrum of creative experience.  Shauna-Kaye is most interested in exploring Gig Economies, Entertainment Policy (in particular a data driven approach to Entertainment Policy), Creative Cities, as well as continued work in the Entertainment sector. She is also motivated to participate in general Entertainment related research.

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Emily Clarke

MA Graduate Student

eca114@sfu.ca

Exploring the influential role of interdisciplinary arts in early education. Examining the features that make involvement with the arts from a young age the most powerful factor to success both in and out of school. By developing programs and creating a foundation that focusses on nurturing artistic ambition and creativity, we can strive to make a lifelong impact. 

Cristophe Devos

MA Graduate Student

Cristophe Devos earned his BA in film studies and art history at UBC. For his MA research, he is will continue his interdisciplinary analysis of cinema, visual culture, and popular cinema, combining queer theory and childhood studies to focus on the discourse of the queer child.

William Latham

MA Graduate Student

William Latham completed his BA at the University of Alberta as a double major in Philosophy and Film Studies. Throughout his education he has long been interested in this intersection, between the glacial patience of philosophical inquiry and the endlessly fickle and flickering rapidity of contemporary media consumption. Having a particular fondness for the work of Gilles Deleuze, as well as continental philosophy generally, William is especially intrigued by the emergent philosophical questions regarding the new media landscape we now find ourselves inhabiting. In particular, he is interested in the metaphysical significance of surveillant technologies, especially as seen through the extant tensions found amongst Deleuzian affect theory, ethics, and freedom. 

Tamara Lee

MA Graduate Student

Tamara Lee (she/they) holds an MLIS from the University of British Columbia iSchool, and a BFA from Southern Oregon University. Her work has focused on the social-justice potentials of knowledge organization, and creating equitable practices in memory work and information services. She works as a volunteer coordinator at Out on the Shelves Library in Vancouver, and is grateful to live and work on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

Doaa Magdy

MA Graduate Student

dmm16@sfu.ca

My research interests focus on the exploration of race and female agency in contemporary horror films, and dance as a movement to reclaim cultural identity and dismantle white supremacy within marginalized communities.

Allison Mander-Wionzek

MA Graduate Student

Allison Mander-Wionzek completed her BA in art history with a minor in fine art at the University of British Columbia in 2010, where she focused on European and North American art from the early modern through contemporary periods and often wrote about disruptions to making created by the emergence of new technologies. She also cultivated a practice in printmaking and installation art, which has since branched into a practice of bookmaking. Upon graduation she was awarded the Malaspina Printmakers’ Residency.  

Since graduating from UBC, Allison has operated as a cultural practitioner and educator in Vancouver. She has formerly functioned as the manager of several private galleries, acted as Director/Curator of a project space called Black & Yellow and functioned as Board President at Access Gallery for two terms. She is particularly interested in supporting the sustainability of non-profit organizations, including artist-run centres and is currently pursuing coaching certification to amplify her impact as a consultant to organizations and an advocate of diversity and inclusion in the creative sector.

More recently, Allison’s research interests have focused on alternative approaches to education. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology at UBC and has pursued research in the realm of queering religious exegesis and critically engaging with spiritual institutions as sites of learning.

At SFU Allison is excited to be supported to think across the lines of media as she looks to critically engage with the contemporary moment.

Andrea Rideout

MA Graduate Student

Born and raised in Red Deer, AB (Treaty 7), Andrea Rideout is a curator specializing in contemporary dance, interdisciplinary performance and festival/cabaret programming. Her practice is deliberately interdisciplinary in both form and content, guided by a mix of values, curiosity and pragmatics. Andrea's research interests range from feminist aesthetics and archiving practises to economic dynamics and aesthetics of technology with themes touching on grief, magic, transformation, resistance and spirituality.  She spent 3 seasons as Artistic Director of Studio 303's Edgy Women Festival in Montreal (Tiohtià:ke), initiating the Edgy Oral History Project and subsequent collaborations with Art+Feminism wikipedia edit-a-thons. Her curatorial project - This is How Queers Pray - examines experiences of troubling, re-appropriating, and surviving religion as LGBTQ+ diaspora. In a past life, Andrea was an Augusto-Boal-trained Theatre of the Oppressed facilitator, a sound engineer touring with NYC's Circus Amok, a Boston Burlesque Expo debuted dancer and a Bread-&-Puppet-trained puppeteer. She has studied Community Economic Development (SCPA), holds a BFA in Theatre & Development (Concordia), a diploma in Theatre Technology (RDC) and spent 2 summers at the Banff Centre as Practicum Technical Director for Opera.

Moroti Soji-George

MA Graduate Student

Moroti Soji-George’s curatorial pedagogy revolves around curation as an act of care and a pathway towards telling the stories of different individuals and communities through art. He believes in the concept of art and risk and art itself as a form of risk. Additionally, he aims to explore the different visual and cultural narratives brewing in various communities regarding a police-free future, especially in relation to the Black Male Body.

Nina Stoiber

MA Graduate Student

Nina Stoiber graduated from Western University with an Honours BA Double Major in Political Science and Art History and Studio Art. At SFU, she hopes to further blend her passion for fine art with research on the intersection between art history and world politics. More specifically, she plans to focus on the evolution of art throughout the 21st century by examining instances of counter cultural movements and the development of rapid trends. As an artist herself, she believes in an interdisciplinary approach to research. She is determined to look beyond the purely theoretical aspect of her studies and incorporate her practice to further aid in her research development.

Alexandra Tsay

MA Graduate Student

ata112@sfu.ca

Alexandra Tsay is an independent curator based in Almaty and interested in the conjunction between art and politics, art and memory. She is a founder of Open Mind project that aims to raise critical discussions around contemporary art in Kazakhstan through curated exhibitions and interdisciplinary academic research. Alexandra is interested in independent artistic agency and art practices that challenge the power and create new narratives and discourses in not so open societies of Central Asia. Alexandra is an alumna of University of Warwick.

Emira Ugan

MA Graduate Student

eua1@sfu.ca

I am Emira Ugun from Istanbul and a recent graduate of Arts and Cultural Management BA from Istanbul Bilgi University. I am currently working as the creative assistant in Pilot Gallery and as a teacher assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University for the “Exhibition Practice I & II” classes.

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Junjie Wang

MA Graduate Student

jjw23@sfu.ca

I am Junjie Wang from China. I have been learning dance for more than ten years. I am passionate about all art forms. Last year, I conducted a four-month survey in rural areas of China to study intangible cultural heritage dance. Now I am studying dance aesthetic education and dance copyright law. I want to develop my body, explore all the possibilities of body movements, go to different regions and countries to try different dance styles.

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Carina Xu

MA Graduate Student

The centre of Carina Xu’s research concerns the potential of combining experimental documentary and video installation to convene a public sphere for people of colour to process the memory of ethnic diaspora and cultivate a public memory reflexive of their intersectionality. It also explores how public spaces can be mediated by community media and personalized media to engage those who share common sentiments of immigration, migration, and eviction to envision a place of belonging.

Katie Hyeseung Yeo

MA Graduate Student

hyeo@sfu.ca

Katie Hyeseung Yeo completed her BA in cinema studies at Simon Fraser University in 2019. Her research interest lies in the field of media and politics. Specifically, she will examine cinema that deals with political content and survey its role regarding its impact on politics and the public.

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