Dr. Laura U. Marks is the Dena Wosk University Professor of Art and Culture Studies at Simon Fraser University. A scholar, theorist, and curator of independent and experimental media arts, she is the author of The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (Duke University Press, 2000), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (Minnesota University Press, 2002), and many essays. Several years of research in Islamic art history and philosophy gave rise to her new book Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (MIT Press, 2010). She has curated programs of experimental media for venues around the world. Her current research interests are the media arts of the Arab and Muslim world and philosophical approaches to materiality and information culture.


Louis Kaplan is Professor of History and Theory of Photography and New Media in the Graduate Department of Art at the University of Toronto and inaugural Chair of the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto, Mississauga . He also holds graduate appointments in the Cinema Studies Institute, the Centre for Jewish Studies, and the Knowledge Media Design Institute. Professor Kaplan has published widely in the fields of photo studies, art history, visual culture, cinema studies, and deconstructive theory. He is the author of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Biographical Writings (Duke University Press, 1995) that was recently translated into Chinese by Zhejiang Photographic Press (2010). His other books include American Exposures: Photography and Community in the Twentieth Century (Minnesota, 2005) and The Strange Case of William Mumler, Spirit Photographer (Minnesota, 2008).

Kaplan’s essays on film have appeared in such edited compilations as Cinematic Folds (Pleasure Dome, 2008) and Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography (Duke, 2008). In spring 2010, he co-edited a special issue of Journal of Visual Culture entitled “Regarding Jean-Luc Nancy.” He is currently working on a book dealing with Photography and Humour for Reaktion Books in London.


Susan Felleman is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies in the Department of Cinema and Photography at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is the author of Botticelli in Hollywood: The Films of Albert Lewin (Twayne, 1997), Art in the Cinematic Imagination (University of Texas, 2006), and numerous other writings on art and film. She is currently working on Real Objects in Unreal Situations: Modern Art in Fiction Films, and with Steven Jacobs on a hand guide to an imaginary museum of cinematic art.



Christopher Kaltenbach is a designer, writer and photographer who has worked in interdisciplinary roles in architecture, design and design education in Australia, Canada, Japan, and the US. He is Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Design in the Division of Design at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and is an Associate with the design studio actionfindcopypaste.

In 2010 Kaltenbach/actionfindcopypaste designed the autumn window display for the Halifax flagship store of French retailer, AIGLE, located on Spring Garden Road, as well as designed the 260-page exhibition monograph Desire for Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978—2008, published by the University of New Mexico Art Museum. As a writer on contemporary architecture and design in Japan, he is a regular contributor to the Australian design magazine (inside), and the Dutch architecture magazine MARK. Kaltenbach’s ongoing research examines spatial and temporal conditions of Japan’s urban milieu. He is currently working on a co-authored book entitled Hypospace, which will culminate this 15-year investigation.


Peter Stephenson has been an animator for 14 years in both Montreal and Nova Scotia.  Originally from Nova Scotia, he studied animation at NSCAD and Concordia University.  In 1997 Peter wrote and co-directed “Paint Misbehavin”, the first ever Sandde animation film for the Imax Corporation.  He also teaches classes in stereoscopic animation for NSCAD and created animated sequences for the Stephen Low company productions, “Legends of Flight” and “Ultimate Wave 3D”, and the NFB production “Facing Champlain”.  Peter runs the only Sandde 3D studio outside of Montreal.


Using alternative processes of animation has led to Andrewʼs keen interests and focus in immersive and interactive cinema. Andrew currently resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia and received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a major in Film.


Craig Leonard is an artist and instructor at NSCAD University. His work addresses expectations by amplifying the contingent value of objects in relation to the context in which the object is encountered and the knowledge from where the object originates. His recent work includes Puch Tour (Maritime Demolition, Dartmouth, NS to Puch Museum, Graz, Austria) and Saskatchewan Central Brick (Kenderdine Gallery, Saskatoon, SK).


Ellen Moffat is an independent Saskatoon-based media artist whose production spans installation, collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. Her recent multi-channel audio works explore methods and strategies for sound generation as interactive co-creation. She has exhibited nationally and internationally.


Martha Radice is a social anthropologist in Dalhousie University’s Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology whose work focuses on the social, spatial and cultural dynamics of cities. For her doctoral research, she used ethnographic methods to investigate public sociability, the mobilization of ethnicity and the production of space in commercial streets in multiethnic neighbourhoods in Montréal. She is extending this work to explore the production of urban public spaces in Halifax, looking in particular at diversity and inclusion, urban material culture and art, and the relationship of public spaces to other urban spaces and the city as a whole. Her ongoing areas of interest are urban anthropology, the anthropology of space and place, immigration and interethnic relations and theories of cosmopolitanism.

She is also interested in interdisciplinary and applied research: she is currently working with colleagues at NSCAD University and has in the past conducted evaluations of social inclusion in high schools and police-community relations in the UK. She is the author of Feeling Comfortable?: The Urban Experience of Anglo-Montrealers (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2000), author/co-author of recent book chapters on commercial streets, cosmopolitanism and multicultural heritage in urban public space and co-editor with Xavier Leloup of Les nouveaux territoires de l’ethnicité (Presses de l’Université Laval, 2008).


Jennifer VanderBurgh is Assistant Professor (Film and Media Studies) in the Department of English at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax). Her writing on a diverse range of moving image texts from Videodrome to Don Messer’s Jubilee has appeared in various journals and edited collections. She is currently writing a book on archives and footprints of television and recently co-edited an issue of PUBLIC: Art/Culture/Ideas on Screens.


Michele Byers is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology & Criminology at Saint Mary’s University. She has spent all of her 40 years pining over lack of access to television in one way or another and almost two decades ago realized she could turn this into a career. In that time she has published extensively, although not exclusively, on questions television and identity. Her most recent work, funded by SSHRC, focuses on Canadian television and ethnicity.


Jerry White joins the Dalhousie faculty in July, where he’ll teach European Studies and Film Studies courses. He has edited two books on Canadian cinema, recently published a book on film, television and video in the North Atlantic, has a book on John Berger and Alain Tanner forthcoming from University of Calgary Press, and has just finished a book on Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville.


Erin Wunker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Dalhousie University. She specializes in Canadian literature. Current research projects include a collaborative consideration of public poetics in Canada (with Dr. T.V. Mason) and a manuscript project on women’s cultural production in Canada as a counter-hegemonic intervention into public spaces and national narratives.




Bruce Barber is an internationally known artist, writer and curator and Professor in Media Art, Historical and Critical Studies. He received MFA degrees from the University of Auckland and NSCAD University and a PhD in Media and Communications from the European Graduate School.

Barber’s interdisciplinary studio work has been represented in major international biennials, with solo and group exhibitions in cities on four continents. His interdisciplinary and media work is documented in Reading Rooms (Halifax, 1990) as well as several major books and catalogues.

Barber is the author of Trans/actions: Art, Film and Death (2008) and Performance [Performance] & Performers (2007); editor of Essays on [Performance] and Cultural Politicization (1983) and Conceptual Art: the NSCAD Connection 1967-1973 (1992); co-editor, with Serge Guilbaut and John O’Brian, of Voices of Fire: Art Rage, Power, and the State (1996). His critical essays and reviews since 1972 have appeared in numerous book anthologies, journals and magazines. Barber’s artwork is included in various private and public collections in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Poland and the United States.  More information about Bruce Barber’s writing and work can be found at www.BruceBarber.ca.


Robert Bean is an artist, writer and teacher living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Born in Saskatchewan, he moved to Nova Scotia in 1976 to pursue a career in contemporary art and education. He obtained a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University) in 1978, and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds, England in 1999. He is currently a Professor at NSCAD University. Bean has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and New Zealand.

Commissions include the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Toronto Photographers Workshop (Gallery TPW). He has published articles on photography, art and culture, written catalogue essays and undertaken curatorial projects. Bean has served on peer review juries for the Canada Council for the Arts and has received grants and awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. In March 2007, Robert Bean received a SSHRC Research/Creation grant to conduct a three-year investigation on the subject of Obsolescence and the Culture of Human Invention. More information about Robert Bean’s work is available at www.robertbean.ca.


A media artist and filmmaker from Calgary, Alberta, David Clark received a BFA from NSCAD in 1985 and an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1989. He also attended the Whitney Independent Study Program and the Interactive Arts and Entertainment Program at the Canadian Film Centre.

Currently a professor of film and media arts, Clark is interested in experimenting with narrative form through net art and interactive films such as Meanwhile. He is best known for his work on the internet and in particular the website aisforapple.net that has been shown at more than 50 film festivals around the world including Sundance, SIGGRAPH, Transmediale in Berlin and the American Museum of the Moving Image. It won best show at the 2003 SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas and First Prize at FILE2002 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Clark’s work also includes the feature-length film Maxwell’s Demon and numerous shorter videos and installations. More information about David Clark’s work is available at chemicalpictures.net and 88constellations.net.


Sam Fisher is a Professor and Department Coordinator for the NSCAD University Film Program. He is also a professional film producer, writer and director with over twenty years of experience and involvement in the Canadian film industry. He has won several international awards for his film and video productions, including COE for Best Live Action short at the 2004 Chicago Children’s Film Festival and Best Editor 2004 Atlantic Film Festival. His most recent theater play “Backseat” opened on the mainstage at The 2007 Waterfront Festival, Nova Scotia and he has just completed his first novel for Young Adults.

His research focuses on reinventing cinematic workflow to reduce the inherited complexities and often unrecognized restrictions of a century old technology. By implementing advanced computer interface systems Sam hopes his work will enhance and revitalize intuitive creative processes by removing technological barriers and allowing artists to focus on the purely creative aspects of film production.


Kim Morgan is a sculptor/installation artist working in multimedia. Born in Saskatchewan, she received a B.A. from McGill University, a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, and an MFA, from the University of Regina. Currently Morgan is professor of Sculpture/Installation at NSCAD University.

Morgan research involves the creation of public art installations combining art, science, and new technology, in collaboration with engineers and scientists. Within this framework, the work explores the impact of technology on people’s perceptions of time and space, and the shifting boundaries between the private and the public. Before moving to Halifax in 2008, she was the artist-in-residence for TRLabs Regina, an ICT research facility. Public Projects completed during the residency include: Data S p a c e dVirtual Groceries, and Time Transit.

Her work has been shown in Canada and the U.S. and has been supported through funding from the Center for Sustainable Communities/Communities of Tomorrow the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Canada Council for the Arts, and The City of Regina.  More information about Morgan’s work can be found at www.kimmorgan.ca.


Solomon Nagler is a Canadian filmmaker originating from Winnipeg.

“…working on the borders of narration and abstraction, Nagler’s films invite us to explore the inner-selves of the characters he presents. Landscapes and symbols are continually mixed up, raising questions of identity and internal memories. It seems as though, removed from the smooth surfaces of beings, we can touch their true selves…”
(Sarah Darmon, Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Paris, France)

Nagler’s films, installations, and curated shows have played across Canada, in the U.S., Europe and Asia at venues such the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Lincoln Center in New York. His work was featured in a Retrospective at the Winnipeg Cinematheque in August of 2004, at the Excentris Cinema in Montreal in August of 2007 at the Festival De Le Cinéma Different in Paris in December 2005 and 2007. More information on his work can be found at www.cinemaofruins.com.

Nagler’s research interests include Automated Video Data Analysis in Emerging Filmmaking Processes and Narrative Approaches to Multiperspective Imaging.

Ilan Sandler

Ilan Sandler has received numerous awards including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Social Sciences Research Council of Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Culture. Recent solo exhibitions of his sculptures, installations and videos were in the US and Canada.

Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1971, Ilan Sandler and his family emigrated to Toronto six years later, in 1977. Ilan studied at the University of Toronto, where he received a B.Sc. in Physics, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he completed an Honours Fine Arts certificate. In 2000 he was awarded an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Ilan then went on to teach at the University of the Arts and Moore College of Art and Design, and most recently at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He is currently living and running a studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the Executive Director of the Centre For Art Tapes, and a Research Fellow at NSCAD University. More information about Ilan Sandler’s work is available at www.ilansandler.com.


Darrell Varga is Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies. A specialist in Canadian cinema, he holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University (Toronto), and teaches Film History and Documentary Film History and Theory at NSCAD. He has produced a number of documentaries, published widely on Canadian and other cinemas, and is editor of the books: Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema (University of Toronto Press, 2006) and the forthcoming Rain, Drizzle, Fog: Essays on Atlantic Canadian Film and Television.

Funded by SSHRC, Dr. Varga’s current project, Filmmaking Production Cooperatives in Atlantic Canada, will critically examine and situate the history of film making co-operatives in the broader critical and theoretical context of studies on national cinema and the transnational flows of media and culture. More of Darrell’s work can be viewed here.


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