I work on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus, and on small-footprint media. My most recent book is Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (MIT, 2015). My next book, Enfolding-Unfolding Aesthetics: From Your Body to the Cosmos, is under contract with Duke University Press. I program experimental media for venues around the world. As Grant Strate University Professor, I teach in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, on unceded Coast Salish territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations. That's a harmonica.

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The Second Annual Small File Media Festival!

Final report of Tackling the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media, a one-year, SSHRC-funded research project.

Dr. Anne Foerster: The Restorative Brain: my neuroscientist mother's research on spontaneous regeneration in the central nervous system!

Recent and upcoming events
Soul-Assemblage Media." Talk in the UC Berkeley Media Studies Fall 2021 Lecture Series moderated by Minoo Moallem. October 28, 2021, 4 pm PST. By videoconference. Registration link

"Talisman-media, small-file media." Talk at the Tehran International Small Film Festival. October 22, 2021.
By videoconference.

Recent publications (find these and others on Selected Writings page)
“A Survey of ICT Engineering Research Confirms Streaming Media’s Carbon Footprint.” Media + Environment.

“A World Where Flowers Reign,”
essay for Jawa El Khash’s virtual-reality work The Upper Side of the Sky. Western Front, Vancouver.

Laura U. Marks and Radek Przedpełski, “Bandwidth Imperialism and Small-File Media,” in Post-45, special issue on “New Filmic Geographies” ed. Suzanne Enzerink. 

“Talisman-images: from the cosmos to your body,” in Deleuze, Guattari and the Arts of Multiplicity, ed. Radek Przedpełski and S. E. Wilmer, 2020.

Recent interviews
“Haptic Entanglements, Organs of Touch,”
interview with dramaturgs Rahel Spöhrer and Joshua Wicke, Schauspielhaus Journal, Schauspielhaus (Zürich). September 2021.

Interview with Michael Hedges on the carbon footprint of streaming media after my plenary talk, British Association for American Studies 2021 Annual Conference. June 30, 2021.

“Cinema, touch, and the climate movement with Laura U. Marks,” interview on Roz Skillen’s podcast Catch Yerself On. March 2021.