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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

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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.

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. Recurring through much of my research are also questions on the technologies and practices that mediate the identities of people, cultures, and things.

I am currently working on a media history of authentication and security printing (SSRHC Insight Development), and on technologies of recognition in the media arts (FRQSC New Academics). I also participate in a nation-wide partnership team working to “activate” Canadian moving image archives (SSHRC Partnership). An ongoing project is a research collaboration with artists and scientists that is at once a speculation on the possibilities of new nano-optical medium and a reflection on the nature of interdisciplinary work (www.nano-verses.com). My first book is Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field (Intellect/University of Chicago Press, 2016).

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