Virtuality & Embodiment

Chelsea Barnett “On Being Spectre, Or Heartbreak as Method”

Heartbreak as method seeks to address the epistemological gap between emotional responses to and critical appraisals of contemporary art. Acknowledging that one can never truly bracket the disruptive magical thinking of love lost, this presentation will provide a ‘haptic critique’ (Marks 2002) of Montreal-based emerging video artist Derek Banscombe’s 2015 music video The Line. Turning to Jacque Derrida’s theory of the spectre (1994), the author unpacks both her role cast as ghostly extra lurking in the shadows of the video, and the spectral presence of the artist himself in her reading of his work.

Chelsea Barnett’s research examines the visual culture of love, sex and rape. Using phenomenology of the image and the experimental writing practice of fictocriticism, her work aims to disrupt the space between the image and the Self.

Simone Lucas “The River (A Fantasy)”

The River (A Fantasy) investigates the geographical and cultural construction of rivers through the creation of a short film. Using a collage methodology, it interlaces images of Montreal’s Saint-Lawrence River with found footage from fiction films.

Simone Lucas is an MA student in Media Studies at Concordia University. She earned her Honours BA in Women’s Studies and Communication Studies at McGill University. She is passionate about the intersections between activism, research, film making and education.

WhiteFeather Hunter “BIOMATERIA”

Through the creation of miniature handwoven textiles, constructed and suspended on 3D-printed micro looms, then seeded with live mammalian cells, the motility and communications of new, hybrid microscopic lifeforms are examined.

WhiteFeather Hunter will graduate from Concordia’s Fine Arts graduate program in June 2016. Her thesis work, BIOMATERIA, has been exhibited at the FOFA Gallery, shown on the Discovery Channel, and will be recognized with the prestigious FRQSC étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award in March 2016.

Moderator: Dr. Mia Consalvo, Professor and Canada Research Chair In Game Studies & Design, Communication Studies