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New Media and Visual Culture Studio

Primary Researchers: Imre Szeman, Maria Whiteman, Sean Caulfield

The New Media and Visual Culture Research Studio (NM+VCS) supports research on the impact of new media technologies on the production, dissemination, and reception of contemporary forms of visual arts and culture. It understands new media to have an impact in and on the visual arts and visual culture in two distinct ways: first, through the role of new media in the production and display of visual art today; and second, in the social, political and cultural effects of new media technologies on the status of visual arts and the category of the visual more generally in contemporary social life.

NM+VCS brings together research by visual artists and cultural critics on the significance of new media for our experience and understanding of visual culture in order to generate new possibilities for research/creation in and on the visual in the twenty-first century. The Studio provides tools for researchers in art theory and history, cultural studies, and film and video studies to carry out analyses of the contemporary visual arts and visual culture in relation to new media. It also enables research by artists and cultural practitioners in the use of new media technologies in the creation/production of new visual forms, especially in relation to existing forms of art practice (e.g., drawing, printmaking, installation, etc.). By placing the work of practicing artists and critics in direct and on-going dialogue, NM+VCS will generate new forms of art production and practice and equally novel ways of engaging in and disseminating research on visual culture.

In addition to being a space for on-going research/creation on visual culture, the Studio will provide infrastructural support for individual scholars and teams as they prepare grant application (including SSHRC-funded research/creation grants, which have been identified by the agency as a priority area for 2010-11).

Initial projects supported by NM+VCS include:

  • Cosmopolitan Film Cultures (2010-2013). Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Humboldt-Universit
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