Prior to our Canada on Screen presentation of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, visual artist Catherine Richards and film and media scholar Alanna Thain join moderator Janine Marchessault for an extended introduction to the film.
Part of the McLuhan Salon series, the conversation will explore techno surrealism, which seeks to draw out the prescient aspects of the film — including surveillance, mediatic augmentation, hacking, the continuity between culture and nature — thereby creating connections between Cronenberg’s masterpiece, Marshall McLuhan, and our 21st-century reality.
This event is co-presented with the McLuhan Centre at the University of Toronto.
Catherine Richards is a visual artist, and professor and research chair at the University of Ottawa. She was selected for key publication surveys such as Art & Science Now and Art and Electronic Media, Phaidon, and has exhibited at Karlsruhe, Germany; Biennale of Sydney, Australia; ACM SIGGRAPH, San Diego; and the National Gallery of Canada. Richards often works collaboratively with scientists and won the AIRes Fellowship (AIRes) from the National Research Council of Canada, and is currently collaborating with a medical heart transplant team and Professor of Neuroscience and Gender Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Janine Marchessault is a Professor of Cinema and Media at York University. She is a founder of the Future Cinema Lab, and the 2014-2016 inaugural Director of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts Research at York. In 2012, she was awarded a prestigious Trudeau Fellowship to pursue her curatorial and public art research. She is the author of Ecstatic Worlds: Media, Utopias and Ecologies (17); Cosmic Media: Marshall McLuhan (05); and (co)editor of numerous collections, including 3D Cinema and Beyond (13), Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (14), and Cartographies of Place: Navigating the Urban (14). A past President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, Marchessault has held faculty positions at McGill University, Ryerson University and has taught at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV. Her upcoming books include Archival Imaginary: Creative Approaches to Digital Memory, The Oxford Guide to Canadian Cinema, and Process Cinema: HandMade Film in the Digital Age.
Alanna Thain is Associate Professor of World Cinemas and Cultural Studies at McGill University, and Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. She also directs the Moving Image Research Laboratory, devoted to the study of the body in moving image media. Thain's book, Bodies in Suspense: Time and Affect in Cinema (17) looks at how films that explore strange experiences of time give us insight into the body’s power of changing in time, or the experience of "anotherness" in works by David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, Christian Marclay, Rian Johnson and Lou Ye. Her current research project, Anarchival Outbursts, looks at dance in post-digital cinema as a key technique for negotiating the complicated forms that embodiment takes in a digital world.