The New Paragone

The New Paragone

Megan Andrews, York University

Megan Andrews (MA, CMA) is a dance artist, teacher and freelance writer/editor originally from Vancouver. In 1998, she initiated the Canadian dance magazine, The Dance Current, and continues as Publisher/Founding Editor. Her performance work derives from improvisation-based practice and she teaches studio and seminar courses in the dance department at York University. Megan is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst and recently completed her comprehensive exams for doctoral studies in Communication and Culture at York University.

 

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Natalya Androsova, York/Ryerson University

Natalya Androsova has received her BA and MA in Romance-Germanic Philology from Donetsk State University in Ukraine. She then completed her MS in Human Resource Development and EdS in Higher Education at Pittsburg State University, KS, USA.

Natalya is presently pursuing her PhD in the Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture at York/Ryerson Universities in Toronto under careful supervision and guidance of R. Bruce Elder. Her current research intends to articulate a special relationship between the feminine experience of the sacred and its reflection in a new unique “feminine” language. Since starting her doctoral studies in this joint program at Ryerson and York Universities, Natalya has had a chance to disseminate her ideas at a number of international conferences in the UK, USA and Jamaica, each resulting in a publication.

Natalya has taught various writing courses at Ryerson University, Pittsburg State University, Donetsk State University, George Brown College and other private colleges.

 

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Ian Balfour, York University

Ian Balfour is a professor of English and of Social & Political Thought at York University. He is the author of Northrop Frye (1988), The Rhetoric of Romantic Prophecy (2002) and of numerous essays on Romanticism, literary theory, topics in popular culture (including Pee Wee Herman and the Pet Shop Boys) and catalogue essays on Garine Torossian, Bill Burns, and German thinking about the Laocoon group.

He recently co-edited with Atom Egoyan, Subtitles: On the Foreignness of Film and with Eduardo Cadava, And Justice for All?: The Claims of Human Rights. He has taught as a visitor at Stanford, the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Cornell and Williams College, among others. In 2005-06 and again in 2008 Balfour was a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He is currently completing a book on the language of the sublime.

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Katherine Cornell, Ryerson University

Katherine Cornell (B.A. History, University of Guelph; M.A. Dance, York University; PhD Communication and Culture, Ryerson and York Universities) Contract Faculty, Theatre School, Ryerson University

Katherine Cornell’s research focuses on dance as an expression of Canadian culture. Cornell has been published in several anthologies and magazines; in 1998, she co-wrote Toronto Dance Theatre: Stages in a Journey. As a dance historian and education specialist, she teaches several courses for the Theatre School at Ryerson University.

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Kelly Egan, York/Ryerson University

Kelly Egan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Carleton University (2001), a Master of Arts in Communication and Culture from York/Ryerson University (2003), a Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video from Bard College (2006), and is currently working towards a doctoral degree in the York/Ryerson Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture. Her films have been screened at major festivals across Canada and internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Images Film and Video Festival, the New York Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

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R. Bruce Elder, Ryerson University

Filmmaker, author, and critic, R. Bruce Elder inspires and enjoys debate. His books include Image and Identity: Reflections on Canadian Film and Culture (WLUP, 1989), A Body of Vision (WLUP, 1998), and The Films of Stan Brakhage in the American Tradition of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Charles Olson (WLUP, 1999). His films have been exhibited internationally and his polemical piece, "The Cinema We Need," remains one of the most discussed pieces of writing on Canadian film. In 2007, R. Bruce Elder received the Governor General's Award in Media Arts. Elder is the program director at Ryerson for the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture.

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Kathryn Elder, York University

Kathryn Elder is film and video librarian at York University, Toronto. She is the editor of The Films of Joyce Wieland, and The Films of Jack Chambers, both published by Cinematheque Ontario.

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Seth Feldman, York University

BA (The Johns Hopkins University) Ph.D (State University of New York at Buffalo)

A senior scholar in cinema and media studies, Seth Feldman is also known for his work as a broadcaster and administrator. His numerous publications have included some of the first collections of work on Canadian cinema, two books on the Soviet documentary filmmaker Dziga Vertov, and, most recently, a monograph of the Canadian director, Allan King. Professor Feldman is also the writer and presenter of twenty-five radio documentaries for the CBC program, IDEAS for which he has been awarded both a George Armstrong International Radio Award and a New York Festivals Gold Medal. A founder and President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, he has served as Dean of Fine Arts at York University Chair of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts and Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies. His current research focuses on the changing nature of documentary film with particular reference to the place of documentary in the Canadian experience. He is also Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Standard Research Grant on the Canadian Films of Expo ’67 as well as Principal Investigator on a SSHRC Research/Creation grant on the visual presence of concentration camps in German and Austrian towns sharing their names.

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Robert Haller, Director of Collections and Special Projects, Anthology Film Archives

Robert Haller is a film historian and photographer who is currently completing books on cine-dance film-maker Amy Greenfield and abstract film-maker Jim Davis. Projects in the near future are books on Fritz Lang, a biographical encyclopedia on North American avant-garde film-makers, and "Center of the World," a collection of photographs of megaliths and nudes.

 

Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Susan Oxtoby joined the staff of the Pacific Film Archive (PFA) in October 2005, relocating to Berkeley from Toronto, Canada. PFA presents 500 public programmes annually and is widely recognized for the strength of its curatorial direction, archival holdings, preservation work which has an emphasis on Bay Area avant-garde film and video, and involvement in teaching at the University of California, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For twelve years immediately prior to that, Ms. Oxtoby worked for Cinematheque Ontario, the year-round screening programme of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, where she was the Director of Programming from 1997 to 2005. During this period, she also programmed the first five editions of Wavelengths, a forum for avant-garde film at the Toronto International Film Festival. For the past decade, Ms. Oxtoby has been actively involved in the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), where she served as a member of the FIAF Executive Committee for four years. In 2005, she was appointed to the National Film Preservation Board, an advisory body organized by the Library of Congress (LC) comprised of film critics, academics, filmmakers, programmers, and studio representatives, who advise the LC on films named to the National Registry. Ms. Oxtoby’s other professional experience includes guest programming the 50th Anniversary of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar at Vassar College in 2004; working for three years as a film distributor at the Canadian Filmmakers' Distribution Centre (CFMDC); as a researcher on Canadian experimental film employed by York University and by the Art Gallery of Ontario; and as an independent filmmaker employed by Toronto filmmakers R. Bruce Elder and Amy Bodman. Ms. Oxtoby completed two degrees between 1981 and 1988: one in English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto and another in Media Studies at Ryerson University. She has two 16mm experimental films in distribution through the CFMDC.

Michael Prokopow, Ontario College of Art and Design
Ph.D Harvard (History)


Michael Prokopow is a specialist in material culture, history of North America, design history and aesthetics. He teaches in the Communication and Culture Program at York/Ryerson, with an emphasis on Visual Cultural studies and popular culture. He also teaches undergraduate courses in North American Material Culture, Meaning and Practice in Historic and Contemporary design. Prokopow has served as the Curator of the Design Exchange and am currently working on a project on middle class taste in North America, 1945-1975.

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Christian Lebrat, independent artist

Christian Lebrat is an internationally acclaimed artist with a career spanning over 30 years. He is a filmmaker, video artist, performance artist and photographer, as well as a publisher, curator and writer.

Since 1976 he has created over twenty experimental films, videos, and film performances, along with a formidable body of photographic work. In the last ten years he has had over a dozen major retrospectives of his films in different international cities. He began working in photography in 1978 and has been exhibiting regularly since 1982. Two recent solo exhibitions in Marseille (France) and Italy show new works in film, video and photography. His works are in several public collections, such as: Musée national d'art moderne (Centre Georges Pompidou), FNAC, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Bibliothèque nationale de France. In 1985 he founded Paris Expérimental (http://www.paris-experimental.asso.fr), a publishing company entirely devoted to publishing theoretical and historical texts on avant-garde and experimental cinema. He has published several essential books on the subject and edited the monumental anthology on French avant-garde film, Jeune, Dure et Pure! Une histoire du cinéma d'avant-garde et experimental en France (2001). He has also published a collection of essays and lectures on his own films (Between images, Paris Expérimental, 1997) and a compilation of his texts (Radical cinema, Paris Expérimental, 2008). As a curator he has also organized several retrospectives, amongst them Jeune, dure et pure! Une histoire du cinéma d'avant-garde et expérimental en France (Cinémathèque française, Paris, 2001), Le Cinéma visionnaire: l'avant-garde américaine (Paris and Rome, 2002), and Maurice Lemaître et le cinéma (Paris, 2005). His most recent recognitions include: 2007 Prize of the MoCCA (Museum of Contemporary Cinema, in Madrid) for Ultra, film performance for 2 x 16 mm projectors and loops;2007 Best Experimental Film Prize for Out of (K)nowhere: A Film by Anne Prat (2003-2006, video) at the 39e Big Muddy Film Festival (Carbondale); and his video V1 (Vortex) has just been acquired by the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (French public collection). He lives and works in Paris, France. Web site of the artist: http://www.christian-lebrat.net

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James Miller, University of Western Ontario

James Miller received his doctorate in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto in 1979. After teaching in the English Department at Harvard University from 1979 to 1985, he joined the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Western Ontario, where he shocked almost no one by coming out of the closet in 1989. In 1997 he founded the Pride Library at Western by donating 80 books by gay and lesbian authors to an open bookshelf in his office. Now his office is in the Pride Library, which has grown over the years into a significant research collection of over 7,000 volumes. His own books include Measures of Wisdom: the Cosmic Dance in Classical and Christian Antiquity (1986), Fluid Exchanges: Artists and Critics in the AIDS Crisis (1992), and Dante & the Unorthodox: The Aesthetics of Transgression (2005). He has recently returned from an extended research trip in India. Having narrowly escaped the Mumbai terrorist attacks in November 2008, he is now certain that his dharma is to complete his book, Shiva at Stonewall, on the imagery of the dance in gay Indian film, drama, poetry, and fiction.

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Arturo Nagel, Ontario College of Art and Design

Arturo Nagel is an artist and art historian. Born in Mexico City in 1945, he emigrated to Canada in 1974. Arturo Nagel was educated in Mexico and the United States and holds two degrees (BA in art, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1968 and MFA, Instituto Allende, San Miguel Allende, Mexico, 1971). He is a long-standing faculty member at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He chaired the Department of Liberal Studies at OCAD between 1983 and 1988 and has taught both studio practice and art history. He currently teaches the history of modern art, Dada and Surrealism, nineteenth and twentieth century European art as well as Modern Mexican art.

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Boris Pantev, Ryerson/York University

Boris Pantev is currently in the second year of his Ph.D. studies in the Joint Communication and Culture program at Ryerson and York Universities. He received his first MA degree in philosophy from Sofia University and another Master’s in philosophy at the University of Toronto. His interests include phenomenology of communication, cultural definitions of alterity, philosophy of technology, and the relation between temporality, the body, and politics. His research is mainly conducted in phenomenological, post-structuralist, and critical contexts.

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John Picchione, York University

John Picchione teaches Italian literature and culture at York University. He has published extensively on twentieth-century Italian poetry, avant-garde movements, and theory of literature. He has edited and co-edited a number of books, including Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry: An Anthology (Toronto: 1993). He is the author of Introduzione a Antonio Porta (Rome: 1995) and The New Avant-Garde in Italy: Theoretical Debate and Poetic Practices (Toronto: 2004). For this latter publication he was awarded the 2005 book prize of the American Association for Italian Studies.

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Murray Pomerance, Ryerson University

Murray Pomerance is Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ryerson University. Author of The Horse Who Drank the Sky: Film Experience Beyond Narrative and Theory (Rutgers 2008), Johnny Depp Starts Here (Rugters 2005), An Eye for Hitchcock (Rutgers 2004), Savage Time (Oberon 2005), and Magia D'Amore (Sun and Moon, 1999), he has edited or co-edited numerous volumes, including A Family Affair: Cinema Calls Home (Wallflower 2008), City That Never Sleeps: New York and the Filmic Imagination (Rutgers 2007), Cinema and Modernity (Rutgers 2006), From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings (Rodopi 2006), American Cinema of the 1950s: Themes and Variations (Rutgers 2005), Where the Boys Are: Cinemas of Masculinity and Youth (Wayne State 2005), BAD: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen (State University of New York Press 2004), and Enfant Terrible! Jerry Lewis in American Film (New York University Press 2002). He is at work on a book about the color films of Michelangelo Antonioni. He is editor of the Horizons of Cinema series at State University of New York Press and, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, co-editor of both the Screen Decades and Star Decades series at Rutgers University Press.

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John Pruitt, Bard College

John Pruitt has published articles on avant-garde film in numerous journals including Millennium Film Journal, Field of Vision, and Motion Picture. Most recently, essays on Michael Snow and Maya Deren have respectively appeared in two collections, A Principality of Its Own and Masterpieces of Modernist Cinema. He has taught Film History at Bard College since 1981.

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Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Ryerson University

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof is a Toronto-based experimental filmmaker and an assistant professor at the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University. She obtained her B.A.A. in the Media Arts Program at Ryerson University (1997), M.A. in the Communication and Culture Programme at York University (2003), and has just defended her Ph.D. in the Communication and Culture Programme at York University (2008). Her doctoral project concentrated on identifying the feminine aesthetics in the avant-garde cinema and body art by drawing on Julia Kristeva’s and Luce Irigaray’s ideas on poetry and language. Izabella’s film and video projects have screened in numerous group shows at international film festivals, cinematheques, galleries and art centres, including: Toronto International Film Festival; Rotterdam International Film Festival; New York International Film Festival; Sundance Film Festival; Centre George Pompidou in Paris, France; Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, Austria; Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, U.S.; Museum of Civilization, Ottawa; New York Kunsthalle; ZKM (Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie) in Karlsruhe, Germany. More recently, solo screenings of her works have been presented at the Diagonal Film Archive in Seoul, South Korea, at the 10th Festival des Cinéma Différent de Paris in France, and at Canadian Film Institute: CAFÉ eX in Ottawa, Canada. Izabella’s works have received several awards from festivals and artist-run centres, and have received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the NFB, and LIFT. She has also contributed in various capacities to the Toronto arts community: as a filmmaker, as an administrator, as a programmer and as a member of numerous local arts organizations. Izabella is the co-founder and an active member of the Loop Collective.

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Christian Roy, independent scholar

Independent scholar Christian Roy is the author of Traditional Festivals: A Multicultural Encyclopedia (ABC-Clio, 2005), in addition to numerous articles and papers mainly in his discipline of intellectual history, but also in Film Studies and on R. Bruce Elder, e.g. in the magazine Vice Versa (Montreal 1983-96), in the catalogue of the 2007 Governor General’s Awards or as an introductory booklet to Cinematheque Ontario’s 2008 screening of The Book of All the Dead. He is a board member of the Darling Foundry contemporary art centre in Montreal, where he also co-leads a film-based psychoanalytic seminar on twentieth-century history.

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Michael Snow

For information about Michael Snow, please refer this essay on the artist prepared by R. Bruce Elder

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John Stout, McMaster University

John Stout teaches French and Comparative Literature at McMaster University. He is the author of Antonin Artaud's Alternate Genealogies (1996). He is completing a book on poetry and still life in twentieth-century France, entitled Objects Observed. He is also beginning a study of contemporary experimental poetry and poetics in Canada, the USA and France.

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Bart Testa, University of Toronto

Bart Testa teaches at the Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College, University of Toronto, and also serves as its Graduate Coordinator. His courses cover a wide range but he is especially interested in Chinese films, European art cinema and the avant-garde film, having written two books, Back and Forth: Early Cinema and the Avant-Garde and Spirit in the Landscape on the subject, as well as articles and anthologized essays. His most recent experimental film essays, on Stan Brakhage’s Vancouver Island films, appeared in The Canadian Journal of Film Studies (14/1) in 2005. Testa served on the executive of the International Experimental Film Congress in 1989 and on the jury of Windsor’s Image City in 2007.

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Pierre Tremblay, Ryerson University

Combining new technologies and video, interdisciplinary artist Pierre Tremblay‘s work has been exhibited in France and Canada for over 25 years. An Associate Professor of Visual Studies at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts, Tremblay was born in Québec City and lived and worked for many years in Paris, his work can be found at Musée Carnavalet, Bibliothèque Nationale and the Musée Rodin.

Tremblay holds two Bachelor degrees: Graphic Art from Laval University and Photography from Ryerson. He has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts (Art et Technologies de l’Image) from University of ParisVIII.

Tremblay’s practice over the years has moved through different media. His interest in moving images and sound questions the world in flux and how we see and perceive. In the last few years he has been interested in revisiting the traditional art genres of portraiture and landscape. His latest exploration questioning the traditional genre of landscape and seeing multiple moments at once was screened in festivals in Canada, Australia, China and Brazil. In 2008, Continuum was presented in a multi channel video installation at Glendon Gallery in Toronto. Last December, Continuum was part of Dans la nuit des images at the Grand Palais in Paris. Stella in Wilderness, a short film made in collaboration with composer Udo Kasemets, will be screened at the Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA), in Montréal in 2009.

With collaborator Don Snyder, Tremblay created and organized the 2002 conference Quebec/Ontario NEW FORMS, NEW WORKS. The second edition happened February 9-11, 2006 at Hexagram/UQAM in Montreal; Toronto/Montreal: THE PROLIFERATION OF SCREENS. The third edition was at Ryerson University in 2008, Toronto/Montreal/Lille: TOGETHER ELSEWHERE - a biennial of artistic exchange. We are working on the next conference which will be at le Fresnoy in Lille in 2010.

Tremblay has also been the coordinator for the French visiting artist program at the School of Image Arts since his arrival at Ryerson. This program brought him to create exhibitions, catalogues and to participate in a number of juries in France and Canada. He continues to collaborate actively with the prestigious art school, le Fresnoy, in France – currently wrapping up a joint film series about three Toronto artists and their connections to place – Michael Snow, David Rokeby and R. Bruce Elder.

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Martin Watson, York/Ryerson University

Martin Watson is a PhD student in York and Ryerson Universities' Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture.

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