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Faculty - Alexandra Anderson

Alexandra Anderson

B.A., (Honours), History, University of Toronto 
M.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, York University 


Alexandra Anderson is a researcher, writer and filmmaker.  Her areas of research and publication include Canadian documentary, Cuban cinema, women and film and documentary pedagogy.  She has eighteen years of professional experience in the film and television industries working as a researcher, film editor and director/ producer. Her documentaries (made for British television) have won awards in Europe and Canada and have been seen around the world. Some titles are: Hell to Pay, (Best Film, Creteil Film Festival, and Montreal Women’s Film and Video Festival) Chile: Broken Silence and Tales from Havana.   

Faculty - Sara Angelucci

Sara Angelucci
M.F.A. in Studio Arts – Photography, Video, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
B.A. – in Fine Art, Art History & Studio Art, University of Guelph



Sara Angelucci is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, video and audio. Her work explores vernacular photographs and films, analyzing the original context in which images are made. Drawing attention to conventions of image making, her work foregrounds the cultural role vernacular images play in framing particular stories, creating histories, and memorialization. Angelucci’s work has developed from an examination of the family archive and immigration, to a broader analysis and interpretation of anonymous/found photographs. In recent photography, video, and audio projects, Angelucci draws from the history of photography, as well as natural and social histories, transforming found images and repositioning them within the broader cultural context from which they emerge.

Sara Angelucci completed her BA at the University of Guelph and her MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her photography across Canada including exhibitions at the Art Gallery of York University, Le Mois de la Photo in Montreal, Vu in Quebec City, the Toronto Photographers Workshop, the MacLaren Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Richmond Art Gallery, and the St. Mary’s University Art Gallery in Halifax. Her work has been included in group shows in the US, Europe, and at the Pingyao Biennale in China. Her videos have been screened across Canada and abroad, at festivals in Europe, China, Australia and the U.S. She has participated in artist residencies at the Art Gallery of Ontario, NSCAD (Halifax), the Banff Centre, and at Biz-Art in Shanghai.

Angelucci is an Adjunct Professor in Photography at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University.

 

 

Faculty - Manfred Becker

Manfred Becker
Doctoral Candidate, Communications & Culture, York & Ryerson Universities, 2010 –
M.A. Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies, York University 2011
B.A. (Pre-), Journalism & Film Studies, Universität Dortmund, West Germany, 1984

Manfred snuck into Canada from his native Germany in 1983 on a semi-legal work permit and was given the opportunity to work with and learn from this country’s preeminent documentary filmmakers like Sturla Gunnarsson, Nettie Wild and Peter Watkins. In 2001, after a decade of making sense of the creative mess of others in the cutting room, Manfred gathered his courage to step into the light and create his own, with documentaries on psychoanalysis, urban guerrillas, Dark Tourism and what it means to live with the burden of history. Fifteen years and two dozen documentaries later, creating that meaningful emotional experience for the audience remains a mystery to him. After never fully completing a BA in his native language, Manfred is currently in the middle of a PhD at Ryerson’s Communication & Culture program, under the guidance of Documentary Media's own Blake Fitzpatrick. Manfred considers it a gift to live and work in Canada and a life’s purpose to “be defeated by greater and greater things” (R.M. Rilke).

 

Faculty - Jean Bruce

Jean Bruce
Ph.D., Concordia University
M.A., Theory & Criticism, University of Western Ontario
B.A.(Honours), Film Studies, Brock University

Jean Bruce’s academic background is in film theory, media and cultural studies. In particular, she has studied ethnographic cinema, feminist and postcolonial theory, Walter Benjamin, Canadian cinema and cultural studies, discourse analysis, and melodrama. Jean has given public lectures on Canadian cinema, sexuality in the cinema, and Canadian popular culture and has an extensive background in organizing conferences, symposia and film festivals.

Jean is interested in how inter-related concepts reach across media to form part of the larger cultural discourse. The representation of gender and sexuality in cinema, and television, advertising and consumer culture are ongoing research interests. Jean’s current research topic is property or realty television, in particular, gender/genre, class, and the meaning of home. Jean is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies with the Faculty of Communication and Design.

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Robert Burley

Robert Burley
M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.A.A., Media Studies, Ryerson University

Robert is an established photographer who has been photographing the urban environment for over twenty years. His work has been extensively published, exhibited and collected on an international level. Robert’s work can been found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, The Art Institute of Chicago and the Musee d’lysee in Switzerland. He has lectured about his work at Harvard University as part of the Rouse Visiting Artist Program and his photographs are reproduced in numerous books and periodicals, including, Viewing Olmsted: Photographs by Robert Burley, Lee Friedlander and Geoffrey James. Robert has served as Program Director of Photography Studies (‘97-’99) and as the External Projects Coordinator for the School. Robert is the Program Director for the Photo Preservation & Collections Management Graduate Program.

www.robertburley.com

 

 

 

Faculty - Michal Conford

Michal Conford
M.J., Documentary Filmmaking, Univ. of California, Berkeley
B.A. (High Honours, magna cum laude), Brandeis University

Michal has worked as a writer, director, producer and editor on both fiction and non-fiction films and television around the world. His first documentary feature, River People, won the IDA’s David Wolper Prize and aired on stations throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia. Other films include the award-winning Middle East documentaries Not On Any Map and Through the Eyes of Enemies and the short fiction films Terra Firma and Fossils. Michal wrote and produced a two-hour television pilot (Ice Planet) for international broadcast and has written and directed theatre productions in both the United States and Germany. He has also worked professionally as a film critic and is a former Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. Currently he is working on a project looking at Palestinian and Israeli narratives of one another and how they color the conflict as well as a historically-based screenplay.  Michal lived for more than a dozen years in Europe and the Middle East; he joined the film faculty in 2004.

 

 

 

 

Gerda Cammaer
Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Concordia University (Montreal)
M.F.A. in Studio Arts – Film Production, Concordia University (Montreal)
B.F.A. in Fine Arts – Film Production, Concordia University (Montreal)
M.A. in Communication Sciences (K.U. Leuven - Belgium)
B.A. in Social Sciences (K.U. Leuven – Belgium)

Gerda Cammaer has degrees in Communication Studies, Film Studies and Film Production. Both as a maker, curator and scholar she specializes in experimental and documentary film. After her Ph.D. thesis (completed in 2010), a research-creation project about the so-called “death of film” and the importance of experimental film practices in times of accelerated technological changes, she directed her attention to various forms of ephemeral cinema and forgotten film histories. She co-edited a book titled Cinephemera: Archives, Ephemeral Cinema, and New Screen Histories in Canada (McGill University Press, Fall 2014). Her current research focuses on the revival of microcinema—various low-budget independent short films inspired by the creative possibilities of new moving image technology—and their lineage with historical forms of alternative short films and videos. Her fascination for the history and practice of home movies makes her an avid student of how consumer friendly technology and mobile devices challenge the expectations and definitions of documentary film, and how they contribute to the “demythologizing” of the filmmaking process in general. Gerda is Associate Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she teaches in Film Studies (BA), Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management (MA) and in Documentary Media (MFA).

Faculty - Brian Damude

Brian Damude
M.F.A., Graduate Institute of Film and Television, New York University
B.A., McGill University

Brian Damude has pursued a career as a filmmaker, screenwriter, actor, media educator and, more recently, as a photographer with a focus on abstract landscapes. Having grown up in Brazil, Brian has maintained his interest in Latin America and is the Chairman of the Board of Aluna Theatre, creator of Toronto’s Pan American Routes Festival. A tenured professor of film production, Brian was Chair of Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts from 1995 to 2005 and Interim Associate Dean of Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design from 2012 to 2013. His last photographic exposition entitled ­­La Route des Phantomes/A Journey with Phantoms documented elements of the Alto Plano of Bolivia and was presented at Gallerie Pierre León, a part of the French Cultural Centre and the Alliance Française de Toronto. He is presently working on an e-book that explores principles of visual story telling in motion pictures.

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Vid Ingelevics

Bruce Elder
M.A., University of Toronto
B.A.A., Ryerson University
B.A., McMaster University

R. Bruce Elder is a filmmaker, critic, and teacher (and former Program Director) in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. His film work has been screened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Millennium Film Workshop, Berlin’s Kino Arsenal, Paris’ Centre Pompidou, the San Francisco Cinematheque, Atlanta’s High Museum, Los Angeles’ Film Forum, Stadtfilmmuseum München, and Hamburg’s Kino Metropolis. Retrospectives of his work have been presented by Anthology Film Archives (NY), the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cinématheque Québecoise, Il Festival Senzatitolo (Trento), Images Film and Video Festival (Toronto) and Paris’ Festival des Cinémas Différents, and EXiS (in Seoul, Korea). When Elder received the 2007 Governor General Award in Visual  and Media Arts, the jury described him as “highly innovative”, “influential” and “acutely intelligent” noting the enormous span of his practice and the demanding nature of his films.

Described by New York filmmaker and critic Jonas Meklas as “the most important North American avant-garde filmmaker to emerge during the 1980′s,” Elder combines images, music and text to create works that reflect his interest in philosophy, technology, science, spirituality and the human body.

 In announcing their “Tribute to R. Bruce Elder” Cinematheque Ontario proclaimed:  “R. Bruce Elder is not only one of Canada's foremost experimental filmmakers, he's one of our greatest artists, thinkers, critics, and filmmakers, period.” Elder has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Department of External Affairs/DFAIT. He was an early user of digital image processing techniques in filmmaking; his interest in the mathematics of signal processing led him to study and to publish on computer programming and artificial intelligence. He was awarded a Council/NSERC New Media Initiatives grant, a Ryerson Research Chair, and grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to develop and apply innovative methods in image processing and machine learning to filmmaking.  Other filmmaking awards include the Governor General’s Award in Media Arts, a Canadian Film Award (now Genie), Los Angeles Film Critics Award. In 2007, Elder was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

 

Faculty - Blake Fitzpatrick

Blake Fitzpatrick
Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
M.F.A. Ohio State University
B.A.A. Ryerson University (Toronto)

Blake Fitzpatrick holds the position of Professor in the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University. A photographer, curator and writer, his research interests include the photographic representation of the nuclear era, visual responses to contemporary militarism and the post-Cold War history, memory and mobility of the Berlin Wall.  He is a member of the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group of photographers dedicated to making visible all aspects of the nuclear era. Fitzpatrick has exhibited his photo-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe, including exhibitions at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and recent group exhibitions with the Atomic Photographers Guild in Australia, Switzerland and the United States. In 2014, Freedom Rocks, a long-term collaborative project he has produced with artist and Ryerson colleague Vid Ingelevics was exhibited at the Goethe-Institut in Los Angeles with excerpted portfolios published in the journals Prefix Photo and Public. His curatorial projects examine the work of contemporary artists who respond to zones of conflict and include War at a Distance; Disaster Topographics; and The Atomic Photographers Guild: Visibility and Invisibility in the Nuclear Era. In 2013 he co-curated an exhibition of the work of Arthur Goss, Toronto’s first official photographer for the Ryerson Image Centre. Blake is currently the Chair of the School of Image Arts.

 

 

Dr. Elle Flanders


Dr. Elle Flanders is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited at the Berlin International Film Festival, MoMA, and festivals worldwide. She is a founding member of Public Studio with Tamira Sawatzky, with recent works including Kino Pravda 3G, a video installation; What Isn’t There, a photo installation; and the documentary Zero Degrees of Separation. Public Studio is the collective art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky. Tamira Sawatzky is an architect and artist working in Toronto. After working for the award-winning firm MJM Architects, she founded her independent practice, Public Studio Architecture. Their practice employs a diverse range of media resulting in large-scale public art works, films, immersive installations, lens-based works and socially engaged projects. Public Studio explores the intersection of art and architecture, urbanization and industrialization with a particular focus on landscape and the effects of war in the everyday.

Together their work has screened and exhibited internationally including: the Museum of Modern Art; Berlin International Film Festival; The Toronto International Film Festival, the MOCCA and the Incheon Biennial. Public Studio is based in Toronto, Canada.

 

 

Faculty - Marc Glassman

Marc Glassman

Marc Glassman wears many hats in the Toronto cultural scene. The recipient of the Toronto Arts Award in literature in 2000 and the Tom Berner Prize for support of independent filmmaking in 2003, he is an editor, film programmer, writer, broadcaster, an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media programme and the Artistic Director of This is Not a Reading Series, a multi-disciplinary project that explores the creative process in literature.

Marc is the Editor-in-chief of POV (Point of View) Canada’s leading periodical on documentary culture and Montage, the Directors Guild of Canada’s national magazine. He reviews film every week for Classical 96.3 FM.

Marc was the film programmer for the National Film Board's Toronto theatre, the John Spotton Cinema, from 1991-1996. Currently, he is a senior programmer for the Planet in Focus environmental film festival. He co-authored the book Paul Driessen: Images and Reflexions (2002) and has contributed to a number of books on cinema on such filmmakers as Atom Egoyan, Mike Hoolboom and Ingrid Veninger. For the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Marc has been a curator, jury selection member and part of the advisory board.

Marc is a founder and advisor to the Images Festival, the former Artistic Director of the Ashkenaz Festival of New Yiddish Culture, the initial programmer for Toronto’s Hot Docs Canadian international Documentary Festival and Reel Canada and the long-time proprietor of Pages, a leading Canadian independent bookshop for thirty years, 1979-2009.

 


Dafydd Hughes
Applied Music: Major: Jazz Performance, Mohawk College
B.A., Music Major: Jazz Performance, Minor: Composition, University of Toronto
M.F.A., Documentary Media, Ryerson University


Dafydd Hughes is a musician, artist, programmer and educator based in Toronto. He has performed and recorded with some of Canada’s most notable artists, including Feist, Esthero and Jacksoul. He is active in Canada’s jazz, pop and experimental music scenes through solo work and various collaborations. His work, both musical and visual, playfully explores the unpredictable intersection of analog and digital experiences of the world.

He is a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, where he teaches workshops and spends time exploring the interface between technology and the creative impulse, which generally involves taking things apart and finding himself unable to put them back together.

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Vid Ingelevics

Vid Ingelevics
M.F.A., Visual Arts, York University

Vid Ingelevics is a Toronto-based artist, writer, and independent curator. His artwork and curatorial projects have been shown in Canada, the US and Europe while his writing on art has appeared in numerous arts publications in Canada and Europe. His projects – involving photography, video and installation - are characterized by diverse but conceptually related content. They have included: an exploration of the relationships between family histories and forced displacement; the ambiguous role of photography in museum and archive settings; and, the evolution of urban spaces. A key current project involves the tracing of the Berlin Wall as a fragmented, mobile ruin to new settings in North America.

At Ryerson University he teaches in two graduate programs - Photography Preservation and Collections Management and Documentary Media as well as courses in undergraduate photography. For more information on his work please go to his website: www.web.net/artinfact.

 

 

 

Faculty - Vid Ingelevics

Dr. David Kemp
Ph.D., Art and Visual Culture – Studio, Western University
M.V.S., Visual Studies – Studio, University of Toronto
B.F.A., Photography Studies, Ryerson University
BScE, Mechanical Engineering, Queen’s University.F.A., Visual Arts, York University


Dave Kemp is a visual artist whose practice looks at the intersections and interactions between art, science and technology: particularly at how these fields shape our perception and understanding of the world. His artworks have been exhibited widely at venues such as at the McIntosh GalleryThe Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Art Gallery of Mississauga, The Ontario Science Centre, York Quay Gallery, Interaccess, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, and as part of the Switch video festival in Nenagh, Ireland. His works are also included in the permanent collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Canada Council Art Bank.
Web: http://davekemp.ca/

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Vid Ingelevics

Sara Knelman
Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art

Sara is a writer, curator and lecturer. Her areas of research include the history of photography, the history and theory of the art museum, and contemporary art. She has taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and has worked as Talks Programmer at The Photographers’ Gallery, London and Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Sara writes about photography for books and magazines, including FriezeSource: The Photographic Review and Canadian Art. Her current research projects involve feminism and the politics of posture; an interdisciplinary exploration of women reading in the histories of photography and literature; and a book project on photographic exhibitions.
Web: http://saraknelman.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Richard Lachman

Richard Lachman
Prof.D., University of New England, New South Wales
MS.c., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
BS.c., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge


Richard Lachman is Director of the RTA Transmedia Centre and an Associate Professor, Digital Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. The Gemini-award winning producer is also a creative and technical consultant for new media projects, primarily focused on entertainment and transmedia media properties. He holds a docorate from UNE in Australia, a masters degree from the MIT Media Lab's "Interactive Cinema" group, and a computer-science bachelors degree from MIT. His professional projects have included partners such as Discovery Channel Canada, CTV, CityTV, and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and his works in the computer games industry have shipped millions of copies and been featured in the New York Times, USA Today and Time Magazine, as well as being part of an exhibition at the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York.
Richard's research interests include convergent media, digital documentary, and new forms of storytelling. He teaches classes in digital media, interactive art, animation, digital documentary, virtual environments, and digital culture.

 

Faculty - Bruno Lessard

Bruno Lessard

Ph.D., Université de Montréal
M.A., Université Laval
B.A., Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

After completing his doctoral studies, Bruno Lessard went on to a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at York University. As a scholar, he has published extensively on diverse topics such as digital media arts, digital games, contemporary cinema, and Chinese photography. His forthcoming book with the University of Toronto Press is titled “The Art of Subtraction: Digital Adaptation and the Object Image.” Lessard’s current research project concerns images of China made by filmmakers and photographers who have documented the great socio-cultural and environmental changes China has undergone within the last twenty years or so. An active photographer, his projects can be found at www.brunolessard.com.

 


 

Faculty - Katy McCormick

Katy McCormick
M.F.A., Fine Arts, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago
B.A., Fine Arts, The University of California, Santa Barbara  

Katy McCormick is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Documentary Media at Ryerson University, where she teaches Photography Studies in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Her work examines commemorative sites, revealing narratives and social histories embedded in landscapes. Her current project The Ash Garden: Hiroshima Under “A Rain of Ruin,” examines narratives related to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima through a close reading of documents, monuments, and sites. Nikkei Ground Zero: Revisiting American and Canadian Japanese Internment, begun Sept 2012 and in progress, examines sites formerly used in the relocation and imprisonment of the Japanese Diaspora in WWII. Destinies Made Manifest: Reading the Washington Mall, presented at Galerie Pierre-Léon, Toronto (2012), explores her American roots while probing the process of monument making and its role in the construction of historical narratives. Other solo exhibitions have appeared at Toronto Image Works Gallery (2009), G+ Galleries (2008), WARC Gallery (2006), The Photo Passage (2001), Gallery TPW (1993), The Photographer’s Gallery, Saskatoon (1993), and at Espace VOX (1992), Montreal, Canada.

McCormick is also an independent curator and writer on contemporary art and photography. Recent publications include Three (Great) Women, which examines Serena McCarroll’s ode to three elderly artists working in rural Saskatchewan (Stride Gallery, Calgary, 2013). In 2010, she curated Border Country: Melanie Friend and Lara Rosenoff, an exhibition using photography, recorded interviews, and video to explore displacement. In conjunction with Border Country at Gallery 44 McCormick hosted colloquia at Ryerson University entitled Experiences in Witnessing: Artistic Practices at the Intersection of Presence and Testimony.

From 2007 to 2012 she served as Director of I·M·A Student Gallery (formerly Ryerson Gallery). She served as Exhibition Coordinator and Managing Editor at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, from 2000 to 2006, where she shepherded numerous publications on contemporary Canadian photography, including Image and Inscription: An Anthology of Contemporary Canadian Photography (2005). She is a member of the Society of Photographic Education and has given lectures and participated in conferences in Canada and the US. www.katymccormick.com

 

 

 

 

Jason O'Hara
M.F.A., Documentary Media, Ryerson University
B.A., Minor in Music Technolgoy, McGill University

Jason’s work as camera operator, sound recorder and/or editor have been featured on the CBC’s Nature of Things and The Fifth Estate, TVO’s Why Poverty Series, in a number of theatrical documentaries, and on television news in Brazil, Venezuela, and the USA. Rhythms of Resistance, Jason’s MFA thesis film about artists resisting against police violence in Rio de Janeiro has received 2 international festival awards and has screened in festivals on four continents. Since 2010, Jason has been in production on his first feature documentary; State of Exception about families facing forced evictions in Rio de Janeiro before the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Jason directed and produced all of the video dailies screening in theatres throughout the Hot Docs festival in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, his documentary short Demur won the People’s Choice Award at the Cabbagetown short film festival and was recipient of a Canadian Cinema Editors Award. In 2010, his documentation of police brutality at the G20 Summit in Toronto was commissioned by the CBC to confront police chief Bill Blair in his first televised interview after the Summit. In 2008, Jason created the participatory photography component of a youth project in a number of Brazilian favelas that won Brazil’s UN Millennium Development Goals Award. Jason was recipient of the Ryerson Gold Medal in 2013.

 

 

Faculty - Izabella Prusk-Oldenhof

Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof
Ph.D., York University (Toronto)
M.A., York University (Toronto)
B.A.A., Ryerson University (Toronto)


Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof is a Toronto-based experimental filmmaker. She is a graduate of the Media Arts Programme at Ryerson University (B.A.A) and the Communication and Culture Programme at York University (M.A.) and (Ph.D.). Her doctoral work concentrated on identifying the feminine aesthetics in the avant-garde cinema and body art by drawing on Julia Kristeva’s and Luce Irigaray’s theories on vanguard poetry and language. Izabella’s works have screened internationally and have received several awards. Most recently, one of her films was screened at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris and a retrospective screening of her films and videos was featured at the 10th Festival des Cinémas Différent de Paris in France. Her films and videos 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 www.loopcollective.com.

 



Faculty - Ed Slopek

Elida Schogt
Ph.D., Visual Art – Studio, York University, Toronto
M.A., Media Studies, New School for Social Research, New York
B.A., French Language and Literature, University of Toronto

Elida Schogt has a documentary practice that includes film, video, installation and performance-intervention. Best known for Zyklon Portrait, her internationally-acclaimed short film on Holocaust memory, she is interested in questions of systemic trauma­—where private intersects with public, hidden with contested. Embracing a participatory feminist methodology, her doctoral research critiqued institutional power and culminated in her thesis defense and a group performance in the provincial courthouse at Old City Hall in Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Ed Slopek

Edward Slopek
Ph.D., Communications, McGill University
M.A., Mass Communication Research, Leicester University
Assoc. Degree, Fine Arts, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design
Dip., Visual Arts, Montreal Musuem of Fine Arts

Edward Slopek has over twenty years of experience as a teacher and practitioner in the fields of Communication Studies, Media and Fine Arts and is currently the Program Director for the New Media Option in the School of Image Arts. He has taught and developed courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels at leading institutions across Canada. He actively participates in organizing and lecturing at various arts and media conferences and has been the editor of various publications and journals. Since the mid-70s, his video art and installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found in various museum collections, including the National Gallery of Canada.

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Don Snyder

Don Snyder
M.A., Photographic Studies, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont
B.A., History of Music, Yale University

Don Snyder has an extensive background in photographic history, critical studies and curation. Before joining the Ryerson faculty, he held an appointment as Curator of Photography at the Addison Gallery of American Art, where he originated the museum's photography exhibition program. At Ryerson, he established the Image Arts (IMA) Gallery at 80 Spadina Avenue, and was instrumental in the founding of Function, the School's annual publication of student work, essays and interviews. He has taught in the York-Ryerson Communication and Culture program, and in Ryerson's graduate programs in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management as well as the newly-launched Documentary Media MFA program, and he served as Chair of the School from 2005-2010. Particular interests are critical directions in photography and documentary practice during the past decade.

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty - John Tarver

John Tarver, csc
M.F.A., Film Production, University of Southern California
Diplioma Program, Film Production, University of British Columbia
B.A. (Honors), University of Alberta

John is an award-winning cinematographer and film-maker with over 20 years of industry experience.  He has served as director of photography on over 25 feature films and Movies of the Week (MOW), as well as numerous commercials, feature documentaries, and special venue films.  He has worked on locations from Europe and the Middle East to South America and has worked in virtually all film and digital formats including stereo 3D.   His work has been exhibited theatrically and on major broadcast networks such as the CBC, Syfy, Lifetime, Showtime, and HBO.  His most recent projects include a stereo 3D special-venue museum installation for the new Mario Vargas Llosa Museum in Arequipa, Peru.  In 2014 he won an Emmy Award for cinematography (commercial, short format).  John co-produced and served as director of photography on the feature documentary Once Upon a Crime, the Borrelli-Davis Conspiracy which premiered at the Austin Film Festival in 2014.

John has taught at both graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Southern California and joined the faculty at Ryerson in 2013.  He is a full member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and IATSE 667 International Photographers.

 

 

 

 

Faculty - Pierre Tremblay

Pierre Tremblay
M.F.A., Art and Technology of Image, Paris University Bibliothèque Nationale Bayard Presse
B.A.A., Still Photography Studies, Ryerson University
B.A.A., Design and Photography, Laval University

Pierre Tremblay is an artist whose work has been exhibited for the past twenty years and appears in a number of public and private collections in Canada and France. Tremblay, who is currently an Associate Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, was born in Québec City and lived and worked for many years in Paris. From 1994 through 1996, he also taught advanced computer imaging at the Paris branch of the Parson’s School of Design. Since 1998, he has been based in Toronto.

Tremblay’s artistic 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 recent years, he has revisited 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 as well as in the exhibition, Dans la nuit, des images at the Grand Palais in Paris. His most recent new media portraiture was exhibited in an installation at the Mois de la Photo in Montreal, September 2009 and in October, Markham’s Varley Art Gallery featured his film on Francoise Sullivan as part of the exhibition The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960.

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 lead to him to create exhibitions, catalogues and conferences and also 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. Recent projects have included a film series about three Toronto artists, David Rokeby, R. Bruce Elder and Michael Snow. Tremblay has also coordinated cross-cultural conferences, bringing together artists and scholars from Quebec, Ontario and France to discuss new media technology and artistic practice. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and SSHRC to support his endeavours. He co-edited the book The Proliferation of Screens in 2007 and his latest co-edition Together Elsewhere will be released in the winter of 2010.