Networked Art Histories

Networked Art Histories: Assembling Contemporary Art in Canada is a collaborative research project funded by SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada), for which I am the principal investigator.  Joining me on this project are colleagues at Concordia University, at the University of Manitoba, and Simon Fraser University,  including several graduate students. The Networked Art Histories project deploys the concept of the network as theme, critical model, and methodology – in order to study the contemporary period extending from the 1960s to the present day.  One important area of concentration has been the print culture of contemporary art, ie. the magazines, journals, exhibition catalogues, artists’ books and other printed matter that have played a crucial role in the formation of artworlds across the country.  We also explore how art is embedded in urban networks, and how local or nationally-oriented initiatives connect with diasporic, transnational, and global networks.

Publications

"Networked landscapes: early postcards, communication practices, and experiments with genre." Paper given at Portable Landscapes conference, University of Durham, UK, July 2015.

"Melanie Smith’s Regime of Unruly Things." In Melanie Smith: Short Circuit. Stuttgart: Villa Merkel, 2013. 38-43. PDF

"Postcards and the chromophilic visual culture of Expo 67." In Expo 67: Not Just a Souvenir. Edited by Rhona Richman Kenneally and Johanne Sloan. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010. PDF

"Modern Moon Rising: Imagining Aerospace in Early Picture Postcards." In Strange Spaces: Geographical Explorations into Mediated Obscurity. Edited by André Jansson and Amanda Lagerkvist. London: Ashgate Press, 2009. PDF

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