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Kaminska, Aleksandra

Assistant Professor

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  • Telephone 514-343-6111 #38776 Pav. PAVILLON MARIE-VICTORIN \ Ext. B417

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Kaminska, Aleksandra

Presentation

I received my BSc and MA from the Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) department at New York University, and my PhD (2013) in the joint programme in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University in Toronto. I was then a postdoctoral researcher at Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology at York University, and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver for which I received a Mitacs Elevate fellowship. I have also worked in publishing, first with Continuum in New York (2001-2006), and then as the Managing Editor of the Canadian periodical PUBLIC: Art Culture Ideas (2010-2016). I joined the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal as Assistant Professor in June 2016, where I also participate in the DESS (graduate certificate) in Art, Creation and Technology and co-direct the Artefact Lab.

Research expertise

My primary interests are the politics and aesthetics of media technologies as materials and infrastructures; the meeting points between cultural practices and technological innovation; and historical and theoretical perspectives that emerge from “marginal” media objects. I am currently working on a media history of authentication, and practices of recognition in the media arts.  I’m also part of a research collaboration with artists and scientists that develops speculative prototypes of nano-optical materials, images, and interfaces. In previous projects I engaged with questions of national identities, citizenship, and site-specific art, and these were central themes of my first book, Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2016). Finally, I have an ongoing interest in the material forms and practices of creative and arts publishing today, including analog revivals, digital platforms, and the “artisanal web.”

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