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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Edward Slopek

Technology in Practice

University   Ryerson University
E-Mail Address   eslopek@ryerson.ca
Phone Number   (416) 979-5000, ext. 6874
Office Location   VIC-835
Office Hours   TBA

Education

Dip.(Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design); Assoc. Degree (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design); M.A. (Leicester); Ph.D. (McGill)

Biography

Professor Slopek has over twenty years of experience as a teacher and practitioner in the fields of Communication Studies, Media and Fine Arts and is currently the Program Director for the New Media Option in the School of Image Arts. He has taught and developed courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels at leading institutions across Canada. He actively participates in organizing and lecturing at various arts and media conferences and has been the editor of various publications and journals. Since the mid-70s, his video art and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in various museum collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.

Research Interests

Critical theory; social impacts of technology; history of new media, film and photography; technology diffusion; the social construction of emotion; visual communication.

Selected Pulblications

(2001) "Have You Heard the One About Universities Becoming Polytechnics?" (1999) "What is New Media?"

(1997) "On Picturing the Living, On Living the Picture: Demands and Offers in Sylvie Blocher's 'Living Pictures'"

 

 

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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