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Experts in: Aesthetics of communication

Kaminska, Aleksandra

KAMINSKA, Aleksandra

Professeure adjointe

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal, specializing in media studies, media arts, and research-creation. I also regularly venture into other disciplines such as art history and STS. My primary interests are the politics and aesthetics of media as materials and infrastructures; the meeting points between culture and technology; and questions of the body and identity in technological contexts and interactions. I’m currently particularly engaged in projects centered on the protocols of identification, authentication, and recognition.

My next book project, tentatively called High-Tech Paper: A Media History of Security Aesthetics, is a historical and theoretical study of security printing and its artefacts (passports, banknotes, etc.). In a budding new project I’m thinking about human-machine interaction in an age of machine listening. I’m interested in invisible disabilities, and particularly to start in the algorithmic programming of technologies of speech and voice recognition that define and reproduce ideas about what it means to be a “good” speaker, and the consequences of being dysfluent and “out-of-sync.”

I am also co-investigator in the Archive/Counter-Archive: Activitating Canada's Moving Image Heritage partnership, which is working to “activate” Canadian moving image archives (SSHRC Partnership). And, I'm leading the project Nano-Verses, a collaboration with artists and scientists that is at once a speculation on the possibilities of new nano-optical medium and a reflection on the nature of interdisciplinary work. My first book is Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2016).

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MASSUMI, Brian

Professeur associé

My research follows two principal directions of inquiry, guided by a common philosophical approach. The first bears on the aesthetic dimensions of contemporary issues in communications. This research focuses on emergent modes of expression and modalities of experience, individual and collective, in particular as revealed by contemporary practices in digital and interactive art. The second is concerned with contemporary theories of power in the context of globalized capitalism. The philosophical perspective linking these two research directions is “radical empiricism,” which asserts the primacy of relation and becoming (Bergson, James, Whitehead, Simondon, Deleuze/Guattari).

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