This Working Group seeks ideals and best practices for the role of audio-visual heritage in social, institutional, and preservationist settings.
To ask what role AV heritage should take in socio-cultural realms of community, identity, citizenship, decolonizing efforts, politics, and protest is to examine the relation of AV archives to networks of power in society. To ask what place AV archives should occupy in institutional film cultures, classrooms, museums, libraries, and general archives is to examine the balance of AV preservation against other public mandates. And, to ask how AV preservation should be positioned professionally in the work of artists, artist-run organizations, research-creation, and arts funding is to ascribe value and benefits to AV heritage within culture at large.
This Working Group is facilitating research, discussion, and pedagogy in response to these concerns, with attention to AV heritage in secondary and post-secondary education, strongly connected to professional education in AV preservation.
Paul Moore is Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. Overall, his research argues that amusement and leisure help constitute modern publics by providing spaces, rhetorics, and logics for collective gathering. He has studied the history of early cinema publicity and exhibition across Canada and North America, with a focus on rural spaces "in between," and with special attention to how viewing publics are premediated as reading publics through news and advertising.
Marusya Bociurkiw is associate professor of media theory and co-director of The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought, which promotes research-creation and graduate study in the areas of media studies, critical theory, Aboriginal, feminist, and queer studies, and media activism. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia, an M.A.in Social and Political Thought from York University, and a B.F.A from NSCAD University. Dr. Bociurkiw’s academic research is broadly concerned with the intersections of affect, nation, and technology, and their gendered, queered, and racialized ramifications. She is also a media artist, writer, blogger, and scholar whose media works and books about the sexuality, ethnicity, food, and culture have been screened and read all over the world. Her films and videos are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The National Archives, and various universities and libraries.
Marta Braun is the Director of the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management MA program at Ryerson. She is author of Picturing Time: the Work of Etienne-Jules Marey (1830-1904) (UCP, 1992), Eadweard Muybridge (Reaktion, 2010) and the children’s book Muybridge and the Riddle of Locomotion (Firefly, 2013). Her essays have appeared in Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe, (ed. Vivien Greene 2014), Helios, the Art of Eadweard Muybridge (ed. Phillip Brookman, 2010), Musée de quai Branly; la collection, (ed. Yves le Fur, 2008), L’Art de la Photographie des origins à nos jours, (eds. André Gunthert and Michel Poivert, 2007). She has been made a fellow of the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Weimar Germany. (IKKM), a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Chloë Brushwood Rose
Chloë Brushwood Rose is an Associate Professor of Education at York University. Her research and writing take up visual and arts-based research methods, community-engaged media, self-representation and narrative, and feminist and queer cultures. Chloë has published widely in books and journals, including Qualitative Studies in Education, Gender and Education, and Visual Studies, and has edited several anthologies, including the Lambda finalist Brazen Femme: Queering Femininity. She is co-author of Community-based Media Pedagogies: Relational Practices of Listening in the Commons (Routledge).
An experienced, passionate, and committed Media Educator for the past 15 years, Jessie Curell has been teaching dynamic, production-based Media and Digital Literacy workshops across Canada, the US, and Asia with the National Film Board of Canada and a wide variety of schools, museums, non-profit organizations, and film festivals. She has met thousands of teachers and students, and has first-hand knowledge of specific needs and interests, which have helped shape the way she works with each group.
Aleksandra Kaminska is Assistant Professor in Media Studies and Research-Creation in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal, where she also co-directs the Artefact Lab. She has an ongoing interest in how communities are formed through activities of publishing and curation. Current projects include a SSHRC-funded media history of authentication, security printing, and high-tech paper as well as FRQSC-funded research on the technologies and practices of recognition in the media arts. Her first book is Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field (Intellect, 2016).
Dr. Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof is a Toronto-based filmmaker and scholar. Her interests as an artist and scholar are interdisciplinary, and her works often probe intersections of art, body, and technology. Izabella’s films and installations have been recognized with awards, commissions, and public grants, and have been included in over 150 public presentations at major international film festivals, art museums, and centres in Canada and abroad, most notably: TIFF, Toronto; IFFR, Rotterdam; Centre George Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria; and ZKM, Karlsruhe. Izabella’s writings on art, cinema, technology and culture, have appeared in academic journals, and in anthologies on media arts and on screendance, including chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies (2016) and Dance’s Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures (2016). She is Associate Professor in Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts, and a member of three graduate programs (Communication and Culture, Documentary Media, and Film + Photographic Preservation Collections Management).
Michael Zryd is Associate Professor in Cinema & Media Studies at York University in the Department of Cinema & Media Arts (School for the Arts, Media, Performance, & Design), and is appointed to the Graduate Programs in Cinema and Media Studies, Humanities, and Communication & Culture. Zryd is a researcher in experimental film and media (including video art, installation, and new media) with foci on its institutional ecologies, and the history of its intersection with the academy and the art world. He was founding co-chair of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Experimental Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group (ExFM), and the Toronto Film & Media Seminar. In 2011, he was awarded the Faculty of Fine Arts Senior Faculty Teaching Award, and became a York Fellow of Massey College in 2014.