Welcome to Archive/Counterarchive

Technology: Innovation

This Working Group will explore issues regarding media migration and media translation as various forms of analogue AV art moves into the digital. 

Themes addressed by this group include:

  • Metadata - what kind of metadata makes sense to your community?
  • Tech/Interactivity - how do you preserve programmatic, dynamic, or interactive work?
  • Materiality - how do we accommodate work where the materiality, form, or medium is integral to the work?
  • Research & Analytics - what do you think artists and curators need to make work from the archive?
  • Access - are there specific concerns around access to the archive?
Team Members
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Collaborator

Stacy Allison-Cassin

Associate Librarian
York University Libraries
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Stacy Allison-Cassin is an associate librarian in the Student Learning and Academic Success Department at York University Libraries, where she has a specialized focus on digital pedagogy. She has previously held the position of the W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship as well as positions in digital humanities and metadata. Her research focuses on the intersections of digital structures, media, and critical theory and forthcoming work is analyzes the interrelationship between affect, digital networks, and the librarian body. With training in orchestral performance, Allison-Cassin frequently focuses on music and is currently completing a PhD in Humanities at York University. Her dissertation utilizes the information theory of Niklas Luhmann to analyze the music of Arcade Fire. As a citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario, Allison-Cassin also works on issues related to Indigeneity, libraries and digital culture, with a specific focus on knowledge organization and metadata. A passionate advocate for social justice and knowledge equity, Allison-Cassin is an active member of the Wikimedia and open access communities.

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Co-applicant

David Clark

Professor
NSCAD University
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David Clark is a media artist interested in experimental narrative and cinematic use of the internet. Recent works include interactive narrative works for the web: 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein, Sign After the X, and A is for Apple and also the non-linear film Meanwhile and the feature film Maxwell’s Demon. His work has been exhibited at Sundance, SIGGRAPH, EMAF, Transmediale, and the Museum of Moving Images in New York. His work has won awards at FILE, Sao Paulo, and the SXSW Interactive Festival. 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein was included in the Electronic Literature Collection #2 and won the $25,000 2011 Nova Scotia Masterwork Award. He teaches Media Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax.

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Co-applicant

Patricio Dávila

Case Study Lead
Associate Professor, York University
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Patricio Dávila is a designer, artist, and educator. He is currently Associate Professor in Design at OCAD University, Co-director of Public Visualization Lab, and a member of the OCADU Mobile Media Lab and Visual Analytics Lab. His research focuses on developing a theoretical framework for examining data visualization as assemblages of subjectivation and power.

In his creative practice he has created mobile applications, locative media projects, essay videos, new media installations, and participatory community projects including: Powers of Kin, Chthuluscene, Tent City Projections, The Line, and In The Air Tonight. His curatorial projects, including Multiplex and Diagrams of Power, investigate the essay film, data, and critical media practices. His research and practice focuses on the politics and aesthetics of participation in the visualization of spatial issues with a specific focus on urban experiences, mobile technologies, and large-scale interactive public installations.

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Research Associate

Tamara de Szegheo Lang

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Vulnerable Media Lab Project Manager
Queen's University
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Tamara de Szegheo Lang is Project Manager of the Vulnerable Media Lab and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University. She holds a doctorate in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies from York University. Dr. de Szegheo Lang’s research takes up queer history, community-based archives, visual culture, and the affective relationships between LGBT2Q people and the past. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, the Journal of Lesbian Studies, and the Journal of Homosexuality. Dr. de Szegheo Lang is also active in curatorial and programming roles. She is a member of the programming committee for the Reelout Queer Film Festival in Kingston, a co-programmer of the Born in Frames Screening Series at Queen’s University, and past curatorial committee co-chair of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

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Monika Kin Gagnon

Professor
Concordia University
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Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is author of Other Conundrums: Race, Culture, and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002) with Richard Fung, and co-edited Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (2014) with Janine Marchessault. She produced the DVD-catalogue restoration, Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009), on her late artist-father’s experimental 1960’s films, and related interactive Korsakow film, Archiving R69 (2011). She was co-curator of In Search of Expo 67 at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal for the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, including an expanded cinema program of digitally restored multi-screen films from Expo 67. She curated La Vie polaire/Polar Life, a digital simulation of the 11-screen Expo 67 film for Cinémathèque Québécoise (2014), and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | Immatérial for DHC Art/Centre Phi (2015). She is working on Posthumous Cinema: Unfinished Films in the Archives.

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Partner

Kim Tomczak

Founder, Restoration and Collections Management Director
Vtape

Kim Tomczak is a multidisciplinary artist primarily known for his work in performance, photography, video, and photo/text work. Since 1983, he has worked exclusively in collaboration with Lisa Steele. They have received numerous grants and awards including the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art, a Toronto Arts Award and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. 

Tomczak is a co-founder of Vtape and teaches at the University of Toronto in the Visual Studies program, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Steele and Tomczak were awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in 2009.

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