Space & Disruption

Itzel Danae “Media, urban space and feminist disruptions”

Approaching public expressions of feminist dissent in Mexico City and Montreal, this research explores how media are a place of contestation to reclaim women’s access to the right to the city.

Itzel Danae Maldonado-Dorantes is a first year MA student in Communication Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at McGill University. Her research interests focus on communication in urban studies, feminist media studies and human geography. Her current research examines city discourses, narratives and practices as a medium to redefine gender relations in Mexico City and Montreal.

Danica Evering “Taking Care: Challenging Power-Over Through Accountable Space”

Troubling the idea of a dichotomy between private and public space in an art context, this presentation teases apart public, shared, contextual, and accountable space. It pulls from interviews with three Montréal based artists—Tina Carlisi, Dayna McLeod, and Émilie Monnet—to explore ways of being that challenge traditional hierarchies and suggest that it is the relational component of public space and political intention that become more significant than the spatial. I read Eve Kosofsky-Sedgwick’s writing on reparative readings in relation to recent activist writings to propose the idea of accountable art spaces, returning to the root word of the word ‘curate:’ cura – to take care.

Danica Evering is a metaphorist, imposter, and warrior queen of German descent from Cobourg, Ontario. She is currently pursuing an MA in Media Studies at Concordia where she is writing theory poems about how artists can wrestle complexly with power. She is an editor-at-large with Publication Studio Guelph (an independent publisher) and a board member of Kazoo! (a new music and art festival and year-round music series).

Cynthia Noury “Marcel – Research-creation case study on ‘interviewing while walking”

Cynthia Noury’s communication will reflect on the implications of conducting in situ interviews while walking. Her remarks will be illustrated and supported by a field experiment conducted in the fall of 2015. This research-creation case study underlined that « interviewing while walking » has the potential to generate a speech that is both localized and phenomenologically rich, as walking through a series of places revives memories and experiences that can then be shared with the interviewer and then used towards creation.

Cynthia Noury is currently a research-creation masters student at l’UQAM. She specialized in interviews and has developed her own technique for interviewing strangers in the streets, « l’entrevue de rue ». She studies how these unlikely encounters might affect ipseity.

Moderator: Dr. Monika Gagnon, Professor, Communication Studies