A senior scholar in cinema and media studies, Seth Feldman is also known for his work as a broadcaster and administrator. His numerous publications have included some of the first collections of work on Canadian cinema, two books on the Soviet documentary filmmaker Dziga Vertov, and, most recently, a monograph of the Canadian director, Allan King. Professor Feldman is also the writer and presenter of twenty-five radio documentaries for the CBC program IDEAS, for which he holds both a George Armstrong International Radio Award and a New York Festivals Gold Medal. A founder and past president of the Film Studies Association of Canada, he has served as Dean of Fine Arts at York University, Chair of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts, and Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies. His current research focuses on the changing nature of documentary film, with particular reference to the place of documentary in the Canadian experience. As well as being Principal Investigator on this SSHRC Standard Research Grant, he is Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Research/Creation grant on the visual presence of concentration camps in German and Austrian towns sharing their names. He is a co-investigator on the Marconi Galaxy, a Canadian-Italian project investigating the history and cultural impact of wireless communication. His current work also includes the research, writing and presenting of an IDEAS radio documentary on Charles Darwin to be aired November 9, 16, and 23, 2009. Professor Feldman holds the honorific title of University Professor, one of 20 such positions at York University “awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the University by teaching and/or service." He is currently the Director of York’s Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.
Caitlin Fisher is a theorist, creative writer and web artist with broad interdisciplinary interests. Her research and teaching focus on the social and cultural aspects of communication technologies, hypermedia fiction, feminist theory and augmented reality. She completed York's first hypertextual dissertation in 2000 and her hypermedia novella, These Waves of Girls
, an exploration of memory, girlhood, cruelty, childhood play, and sexuality, won the Electronic Literature Organization's 2001 Award for Fiction. In 2008, she won the International Digital Literature Award Ciutat de Vinaròs Prize in Poetry for her augmented reality journey poem, Andromeda
. Dr. Fisher was awarded a prestigious Canada Research Chair in digital culture in 2004. She directs the Augmented Reality Lab
in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York, where she is working to construct and theorize spatial narrative environments that combine the physical world with digital traces and artifacts. She is also co-founder of York's Future Cinema Lab
. Professor Fisher has taught at York University's School of Women’s Studies at York and the Institute of Women’s Studies at Carleton University. She received a University-Wide Teaching Award at York in 1999.
Monika Kin Gagnon
Monika has published widely on art, cultural politics, and media since the 1980s, and she is currently Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is author of Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art
(2000) and, with Toronto video artist Richard Fung and eleven artists, 13 Conversations About Art and Cultural Race Politics
(2002). Her contribution to the "Canada and the Films of Expo 67" team includes an interest in cultural memory and the epistemologies of multimedia archiving, and research on The Christian Pavilion's single-screen film, The Eighth Day
, and The Telephone Pavilion's Circlevision film, Canada 67
. Her essay, "The Christian Pavilion at Expo 67: Notes from Charles Gagnon's Archive," was recently published in Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir
(2010). She is a member of CINERG
(the Concordia Interactive Narrative Experimentation Group) that has been exploring the data-base film software, Korsakow.
Janine Marchessault is a Canada Research Chair in Art, Digital Media and Globalization and is Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at York University. She is the author of Marshall McLuhan: Cosmic Media
(Sage, 2005), editor of several collections including Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
(YYZ Books+CRCCI, 1994), and co-editor of Gendering the Nation: Canadian Women’s Cinema
(University of Toronto Press, 1999), Wild Science: Reading Feminism, Medicine and the Media
(Routledge, 2000), and Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema
(University of Toronto Press, 2007). She is the Co-Director of the Visible City Project + Archive
and is a founder of the Future Cinema Lab: New Stories/New Screens
. She is a founding member of the Public Access Curatorial Collective and the journal Public: Art/Culture/Ideas
. Her current book project is Ecstatic Worlds: Cinema, Expositions, Archives
Mary Elizabeth Luka
is presently a doctoral student in Concordia University’s Joint Program in Communication, where her research interests are focused on the intersection of arts, culture, broadcast and digital media. She is a part-time faculty member in Concordia’s Department of Communication Studies, as well as a research assistant supporting two major team projects: “Canada and the Films of Expo’67,” and the CINER-G
research group at Concordia, exploring interactive narrative. For Expo 67, M.E. has focused on editing a Korsakow
database film, creatively incorporating the archival interviews recorded by Expo 67 team members. M.E.’s previous experience in the creative and non-profit industries includes work as an award-winning television and internet programming producer, director and broadcaster, and a consultant for research, strategic planning, marketing and communications.
Aimée Mitchell is a doctoral candidate in the York-Ryerson Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture. Her current research involves Canadian amateur cinema, the politics of the archive, cultural historiography, and film preservation. She has been involved with the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre’s Preservation Committee since 2007, and acted as the Centre’s in-house film archivist in the summer of 2008. She wrote an MA thesis at York on the work of filmmaker Chris Marker, which examined the way in which cinema is able to encapsulate and explore the migratory nature of the modern-day traveler. Aimée has also been the Special Projects Coordinator for the Visible City Project + Archive
since 2005. Her research interests span from home-movie travel films, found footage and experimental documentaries, to memory and its relationship to public space.
Jason is a Toronto-based critic, scholarly bookseller
, & doctoral candidate in the York-Ryerson Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, where he is slowly dissertating on the scenographics of knowledge & the curious as urban resource. For the Films of Expo 67 project he has primarily worked as anarchivist. He is a founding member of LOT: Experiments in Urban Research
, with whom he is investigating the moral infrastructure of the wireless city, figuring the Expo 67 islands as ambivalent precedent.