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After revisiting several texts that I collected over the past year (Aarseth’s Cybertext, Gitelman’s Always Already New, Slack & Wise’s Technology & Culture, and Goldsmith’s Wasting Time on the Internet) I can feel myself closing in on a more cohesive topic for my PhD thesis. The idea occupies an overlapping point shared by the fields […]

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I’ve recently been revisiting Haraway’s ‘Cyborg Manifesto’ in order to think more critically about a posthuman theory of dance. I’ve also turned to Haraway’s more recent work, including a talk called “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene” (2014). Whereas in ‘Cyborg Manifesto’ (1985), Donna Haraway famously rejected the conventional, dualistic conception of the natural, positing the cyborg as a “boundary […]

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I’ve been thinking about potential topics for my PhD, which will likely be somewhere in the realm of ‘Science, Technology and Society’, or STS. The University of Alberta’s description of their STS program sums up my academic interests eerily well, claiming to gather “insights from Anthropology, Art and Design, Economics, English and Film Studies, History, Sociology, […]

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Gina Hara, has been working in film for a long time, but her latest movie, Your Place or Minecraft, is her first time filming in-game. “I died several times shooting,” she tells me, laughing. “I refused to cut any corners. I didn’t film the flying scenes until my character developed the ability to fly.”  Your […]

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When I sat down to work on this piece, I found myself thinking, how on earth did I end up writing about Kate Bush? Maybe it started the night Hilary and I taught Kate Bush’s famous red dress “Wuthering Heights” dance in the Media History Research lab after class. Or maybe it started when our […]

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Last weekend I presented on feminized and disembodied technologies at Brandeis University’s “Technology and the Human” conference. Sarah Brown (Concordia English MA) and I were the entirety of the panelm “Sexing Technology,” and our papers were well-received and inspired quite a bit of discussion. One reason why we drove six hours in the dark and endured […]

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I’ve seen Tino Sehgal’s work twice now, live, and live is the only way you can see it. The first live piece I saw was This Variation at dOCUMENTA 13, and the second live piece was an exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, which involved a haunting performance called Ann Lee, performed by a young […]

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Recently, I sat down with Jason Lewis, founder of the OBX Laboratory for Experimental Media. We discussed how OBX conceptualizes itself and what the lab produces, as well as Lewis’s background in industrial research. I also got a chance to play several of the interactive poetry games that research associates of the lab worked with […]

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I came here to write about something else, but felt I’d rather join the choir of general outrage at the fact that Jian Ghomeshi was cleared yesterday on four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking at Old City Hall Courthouse in Toronto. To say this is horrifying seems tepid and insufficient. This […]

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Calvin Bedient recently wrote an article, published on Poetry Daily‘s website, wherein he claims that Conceptualism preferences thought over feeling by valorizing non-expressive poetry that lacks political clout, leads to misery and depression, and is complicit in the subjugation of what he calls “the technologically proletarianized subject.” Bedient refers to the “value of affect” in defining what he […]