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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Filiz Klassen

Technology in Practice

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   fklassen@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416)-979-5000 ext. 6937
Office Location   SID 309
Office Hours   TBA


Education

Biography

Filiz Klassen is an artist/researcher and Associate Professor at Ryerson University. She is recipient of a research/creation grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her project Malleable Matter: Material Innovations in Architecture that involves prototypes in the creation of building skins that respond to weather elements. She recently created and directed Weathering Architecture that took place as part of Harbourfront Center’s HATCH: Emerging Performance Projects, March 28-30, 2008. She exhibited her multi-media work most recently in a solo show entitled ‘Malleable Matter: Water and Air’ at Archive Gallery, and as part of group shows of textile art at Gladstone Hotel. She has curated exhibitions at Design Exchange and various other venues in Toronto.

She has presented internationally in Boras (Sweden), Singapore, London, New York, Istanbul, Eindhoven, Delft, and nationally in Banff and Toronto. Her articles on material innovations and responsive built environments are published most recently in a book entitled Mobile Nation Anthology (2008), as well as in other academic and professional journals. She is the co-editor of Transportable Environments 3, the third book on portable architecture and design published by Spon Press (UK, 2006) following the international conference she organized and co-chaired.

For her selected publications and projects, please visit her personal website http://www.ryerson.ca/malleablematter


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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan