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I work on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus, and on small-footprint media. My 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). 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 and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

lmarks [ ] sfu [ ] ca

Dr. Anne Foerster: The Restorative Brain: a website in progress about my neuroscientist mother!

Call for work for the Second Annual Small File Media Festival, with new categories including the 22MB bingeworthy series! Deadline June 4

Tackling the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media, a one-year, SSHRC-funded research project. Final report is ready and yes, streaming video does cause over 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions! Also see blog

I’m honored to have received SFU's Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Award for Excellence in Leadership, May 2021

Recent publications (find these and others on Selected Writings page)

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.

“Flashes of Arab Communism,” coda to The Oxford Handbook of Communist Visual Cultures, 2020.

Laura U. Marks, Joseph Clark, Jason Livingston, Denise Oleksijczuk, Lucas Hilderbrand, “Streaming Media’s Environmental Impact,” Media + Environment.

“Small-File Movies: Saving the planet, one pixel at a time.” Millennium Film Journal 71/72 (Spring/Fall): 94-101.

“Steve Reinke’s Needlepoint of Cruelty,” catalogue essay, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. 2020

Living well is the best revenge,” gallery text for Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh, and Hesam Rahmanian, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. 2020

Streaming video, a surprising link between pandemic and climate crisis,” Journal of Visual Culture and Harun Farocki Institut special issue on Covid-19

Let's Deal with the Carbon Footprint of Streaming Media," Afterimage climate dossier

Recent and upcoming events
"Let's Get Together with a Small Carbon Footprint," with Stephen Makonin;
talk for Pacific AIDS Network on best practices for organizations. May 27, 2021. Compressed video available here

Mini-course, “Small-File Media Aesthetics & Politics,” with Radek Przedpełski. SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. May-June 2021

Talk at
book launch of Flash Flaherty, ed. Scott MacDonald and Patricia R. Zimmermann. April 29, 2021

"The Small File Media Festival," talk for the collective Animation, Experiment, and New Media Society of Tehran. April 29, 2021

“Streaming Media, Online Conferences, and the Jevons Paradox,” keynote talk, British Association for American Studies, April 6, 2021

Workshop, “Small-File Media Aesthetics & Politics,” with Radek Przedpełski,
VIVO Media Arts, March 2021