Podcast, Arts & Culture

Episode 82: Unfolding Artistic Practices — with Laura Marks

October 20, 2020
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Below the Radar explores unfolding the enfolded with Laura U. Marks, an SFU professor and scholar who works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. 

She is in conversation with co-hosts Am Johal and Paige Smith about her research into experimentalism and aesthetics in Arab cinema and the connections between Islamic art and philosophy and new media art. Laura talks about co-founding the Substantial Motion Research Network, tracing cultural and artistic genealogies, and de-westernizing artistic practices. They also discuss the concerns around the environmental consequences of streaming media that led Laura to create the Small File Media Festival.

About Our Guest

Laura U. Marks

Laura U. Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. 

She programs experimental media art for venues around the world and is the founder of the Small File Media Festival. Laura's most recent books are Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015) and Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT, 2010). With Azadeh Emadi she is a founding member of the Substantial Motion Research Network of artists and scholars working on cross-cultural approaches to media technologies. Marks is Grant Strate Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.



Johal, Am, and Smith, Paige. “Unfolding Artistic Practices — with Laura Marks.” Below the Radar, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. Podcast audio, October 20, 2020.


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