2016 Ph.D. in Humanities, Concordia University
2010 Master of Fine Arts (Film Production), Concordia University
1999 Master Web Production Course, Studio XX, Montréal
1998 Master of Arts (English/Creative Writing), Concordia University
1991 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing), University of British Columbia
2018 Art and Social Strata, Hamilton ON.
2017 Downtown/s: Urban Renewal Today for Tomorrow, The AGW Triennial of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor
2016 Montreal Monochrome IV: Study Hall, Articule, Montreal, QC
2015 Stories of the City, curated by In/Terminus Research Collective, Windsor, ON
2014 MINA2014 International Mobile Innovation Screenings, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand
2014 Cross Sections, Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre (MLC), Ryerson University
2014 KM2, as part of the Hamilton Perambulatory Unit, Hamilton Artists’ Inc., Hamilton, ON
2013 Hamilton Film Festival, Hamilton, ON
2013 Visible Verse Festival, Vancouver, BC
2012 Contested Site: Archives & the City, FOFA Gallery, Montreal
2012 Biennale internationale d’art numérique, Montreal
2011 Square Pegs 4, Modern Fuel Artist Centre, Kingston, ON
2011 Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival, Cambridge, UK
2010 Visible Verse Festival, Vancouver, BC
2010 Eighth Annual Graduating Students Exhibition, Concordia University, Montreal, QC
2009 REVEAL! Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, QC
2009 What Happens When Nothing Happens, Gallery Rotor, Gothenburg, Sweden (May);
FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada (September)
2009 Time Off, Gallery Art Mûr, Montréal, QC
2008 Strata, Espace artefacto, Montreal, QC, Canada
2007 Shockerfest International Film Festival, California, USA
2006 Boulder Asian Film Festival, Boulder, Colorado, USA;
2006 Austin Asian Film Festival, Austin, Texas, USA
2005 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
2005 Vancouver Asian Film Festival; Regent Park Film Festival
2004 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
2003 Les Lucioles monthly screening series, Montreal, QC
2018 “Locative Media Art and the Practice of Everyday Urban Space,” Transient Topographies: Space and Interface in Digital Literature and Art, National University of Ireland
2016 “The Critically Creative Quotidian,” Conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada, Université du Québec à Montréal
2016 "Decolonizing the Map," 2016 Annual Book History & Print Culture Colloquium, Massey College, University of Toronto
2015 "Detouring the Commute," Emerging Researchers' Exploration Space at Re-Create: Media Arts History Conference, Hexagram International Network for Research-Creation, Montreal
2015 “The Chronotope in Cartography and Montreal Cinema,” 27th International Cartographic Convention, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 “City Transit as Archival Practice and Performance,” Performing the Archive Conference, York University
2015 “Cartographies of Time,” Constellations, Clusters, Networks Conference, Concordia University
2014 "Detouring the Map," Thinking/Feeling Graduate Conference, Ryerson/York University
2013 "Mapping Out Patience: Cartography, Cinema, and W.G. Sebald," 26th International Cartographic Convention, Dresden, Germany
2013 "L'Acadie Fence," (Re)Activating Objects: Social Theory and Material Culture, Western U.
2013 "Montage as Method," Pressing (Against) Methods, Concordia University
2012 City and Performance Panel, eXhibitions: a conference on the humanities, Concordia University
2012 "Performing City Transit," Local and Mobile: linking mobilities, mobile communication and locative media, North Carolina State University.
2011 "Performing Montreal Transit," Dis/locations Interdisciplinary Conference, Concordia University.
2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence at Ryerson University, Faculty of Community Services
2016- 2017 Open Air Institute, Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo
2012 Studio XX in Montreal, to create a multimedia project on women & technology called Essaie
2011 Agence Topo in Montreal, to create an interactive multimedia website / mobile media work called Detours: Poetics of the City. Presented at the Biennale internationale d'art numérique, the Notman House Focus on Mobile Media, and
2008 Knock on Woods International Travelling Residency Program. Curated by Yvette Poorter and presented at Articule in Montreal.
2006 This Neck of the Woods Artists Program in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Project presented at RAM Art Gallery.
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2018 AMPD Minor Research Grant, York University
2016 Ontario Arts Council, Artist Development Grant
2015 Canada Council for the Arts. New Media Production Grant
2015 International Cartographers Association Research Scholarship
2015 Accelerator Award, Concordia University
2015 Hexagram Graduate Student Research Grant
2013 - 2014 Doctoral Award of Excellence, Concordia University
2013 Hexagram/CIAM Internationalization Award
2012 Fine Arts Travel Award, Concordia University
2010 - 2013 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Doctoral Scholarship,
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2010 Concordia University Special Entrance Award
2010 Bourse de doctorat en recherche, Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) (declined)
2010 Québec Conseil des Art et des Lettres. Travel grant (also in 2009)
2009 Canada Council for the Arts, Artist Grant (also in 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1999)
2007 - 2009 Bourses d’études Hydro-Québec
2006 - 2008 Tuition Remission Award, Concordia University
2006 Québec Conseil des Art et des Lettres, Artist Grant (also in 1999)
2004 Location Michel Trudel Award for The Red Ribbon at Concordia University.
2000 A winner of the CBC New Voices Radio Drama Competition
1998 Department of Canadian Heritage, Multiculturalism, Writing Grant
2017-2020 Sessional Assistant Professor of Media Art, Department of Cinema and Media Arts, York University
2017 Instructor (Making Art, Understanding Technology and Images), McMaster University
2017 Co-Instructor (Locative Media and the City), State University of New York at Buffalo
2016 Instructor (Expanded Multimedia Production), Brock University
2013 Guest Lecturer (Studio ; Geomedia; Fine and Performing Arts in Canada), Concordia University
2012 Workshop Leader, Accés-culture Montréal
2012 Workshop Leader, Narratives & Cartography, ETH Zurich
2007-2009 Tutorial Instructor (Fine and Performing Arts in Canada), Concordia University
2006-2007 Teaching Assistant (Film Production 2), Concordia University
1994-1997 Instructor (English Composition), Concordia University
2014-Present Artist-Researcher, Hamilton Perambulatory Unit (www.hamiltonperambulatoryunit.org)
2014-Present Videographer, Zula Music and Arts Collective, Something Else! Festival (https://zulapresents.org/)
2012-2014 Research Assistant for SSHRC-funded project “Geography & Ontology of Cinematographic Places,” Prof. Sébastien Caquard, Geography Dept., Concordia University
2010 Researcher & Assembly Film Editor on Breaking the Frame, a SSHRC-funded feature documentary project on Carolee Schneemann, by Marielle Nitoslawska
2010 Panelist, “The Evolution of Videopoetry” at Visible Verse Festival, Vancouver
2007 Curator, DVD Anthology for Matrix Magazine, Montreal, QC
2006-2008 Research Assistant for Roy Cross, Film Prod. Professor., Concordia University
2003 Curator with Lance Blomgren, Ten Things at Once, Rad’a Gallery, Montreal
2002 Peer Assessment Committee, Canada Council, Writing & Publishing Section
1999-2008 Reviews Editor, Matrix Magazine, Montreal, QC
1997-2005 Freelance Editor & Web Programmer
1995-1998 Publications Editor, Office of Equity Programmes, Concordia University
1992-1993 Production Assistant, Trader Publications, 6930 MacPherson Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5J 4N3
2017-Present Founding member, NEW Committee for decolonization and inclusion in the arts
2015-Present Founding member, Hamilton Zineposium Annual Zine and Art Fair
2014-2017 Chair, Board of Directors, Hamilton Artists Inc. non-profit artist-run centre
2013 Peer Reviewer, NANO: New American Notes Online Interdisciplinary Journal
2012 Conference Organizer, eXhibitions: a conference on the humanities, Montreal
2011 Conference Organizer, Dis/Locations Interdisciplinary Conference, Montreal
2010-2012 Student Representative for Ph.D. in Humanities program, involving committee work, conference and special events organization.
2007-2008 Volunteer work with Ciné-Asie, a Montreal non-profit arts organization, as Producer/Manager, involving grant applications and coordination of events.
SKILLS / ABILITIES
· Writing, Editing, Layout & Design: Indesign, Quark Xpress, Microsoft Office
· Languages spoken: English, Cantonese, very good working knowledge of French
· Typing (60 wpm), organizational and clerical skills
-- List of Publications and Creative Works --
FILM, VIDEO, AND MULTIMEDIA WORKS
2017 Stratigraphic City (Interactive video installation).
2016 Superhighway Suspense Movie (video) 6:39. A video loop combining a “fly-through” animation of a highway in Street View with a soundtrack made in collaboration with artist/musician Christina Sealey.
2014 L’Acadie Fence (photo collage) An extremely long photo-collage that documents the entire length of the controversial L’Acadie Fence in Montréal.
2013 The Multi-Dimensional Mapping Device (video) 16:21. An experimental narrative video, produced as an international collaborative effort with a team of artists and cartographers from Zurich, Basel and Montréal.
2012 Essaie (interactive website) A mapping of art projects related to the city, developed using the Matricules archives at Studio XX in Montréal.
2012 Detours: Poetics of the City (multimedia website) Collaborative, site-specific and interactive artist maps of Montréal.
2010 80 du Parc (S16 & S8 film, cellphone video) 24:12. A film about the familiar strangers that one encounters on city transit.
2009 Metro (video & S8 film) 1:20. A short, experimental film focusing on the Montréal metro.
2008 Heart-ache: Three Poems (video & S8 film) 10:15. An experimental narrative integrating the spoken word, soundscape, and (auto)biography, to explore the themes of family, language, culture, and loss.
2005 Roadmaps (video) 8:14. A series of four videopoems about driving, and leaving.
2005 Orange (video)
2005 Thin Walls (16 mm film) 11:00. A short thriller about an insomniac who hears crying through the thin walls of her apartment.
2004 The Red Ribbon (16 mm film) 4:33. Winner of the Michel Trudel Award. According to an old Chinese fairytale, the god of love and marriage unites lovers by tying their feet together with a red ribbon…
Pavitra Wickramasinghe: Book of Light and Shadows – Author and Designer
Artist Monograph Essay-Poem (Montreal: FoFA Gallery, 2013)
Navigating Customs – Co-editor. (Montreal: Cumulus Press, 2007.)
An anthology of travel writing by authors under 25.
Maps of Our Bodies & the Borders We Have Agreed Upon – Author (Montreal: Cumulus Press 2005). Poetry & prose poems, accompanied by a 13 song/6 video CD-ROM called Roadmaps (with musician Scott W. Gray)
ribsauce: a CD/anthology of words by women – Editor and contributor
(Montreal: Véhicule Press & Wired on Words 2001).
“Locating the Critically Creative Quotidian” in What is our Role: Artists in Academia and the Post-knowledge Economy. Toronto: YYZ Books. Forthcoming Spring 2018.
“Towards the Detour: Commuting as Mobile Making” in Wi: Journal of Mobile Culture 11.1(2017).
“Detouring the Commute (the art and practice of everyday travel).” Archée revue d'art en ligne : arts médiatiques & cyberculture. Fall 2016. http://archee.qc.ca/ar.php?page=article&no=516
"Machinic Assemblages" essay accompanying the artist exhibition Proximities: Nahed Mansour, Lee Nutbean and Giles Whitaker at the Hamilton Artists Inc., July 18th-August 13th, 2016. http://www.theinc.ca/exhibitions/proximities/
"Mapping Out Patience: Cinema, Cartography, and W.G. Sebald" in Humanities 4.4 (2015): 554-568. doi:10.3390/h4040554
“Performing City Transit” in Mobility and Locative Media: Mobile Technology in Hybrid Spaces. Adriana de Souza e Silva and Mimi Sheller, editors. New York: Routledge, 2015.
“Acadie Fence” in Objects in Context: Theorizing Material Culture. Stephanie Anderson and Cierra Webster, editors. London, Ontario: Lulu, 2013.
“Urban Transits” essay, commissioned for the Institut de recherche en histoire de l’architecture (IRHA)’s Ephemeral City project, 2011.
Movie Mythos: a regular column about cinema and pop culture in Matrix Magazine. 2006 to 2012.
Special Theme Issues edited for Matrix Magazine: “Travel Documents”; “Ten Things at Once”; “Lost and Found”; “The Narrative Eye/I” (various dates).
Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker in Ascent Magazine, Summer 2007
Interview with Governor-General’s Award-winning poet Stephanie Bolster in Matrix Magazine (collected in The Matrix Interviews, DC Books 2001).
Urban Spaces (Radio Documentaries) – Co–Producer/Host.
Three episodes on Writer/Musician collaborations for CBC Radio One, aired June/Oct. 2003
Love Cliché; Familiar Strangers; Freight Train Rhapsody (Radio Plays) – Writer.
Produced by Bill Lane and CBC Radio, 2000-2002
“Bad Poetry” in the anthology Henry Chow and Other Stories (Vancouver: Tradewind Books, 2010). 11 pages.
“Something or Nothing” in the anthology Geeks, Misfits & Outlaws (Zoe Whittall, editor. Toronto: McGilligan Books, 2003). 7 pages.
“The Sound of Dishes in the Sink” in the anthology Certain Things About My Mother (Susan Musgrave, editor. Toronto: Annick Press, 2003). 18 pages.
“Write Me Sometime” first anthologized in eye wuz here (Shannon Cooley, editor. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996). 8 pages. Included in the Ontario Grade 12 curriculum (textbook from Prentice Hall).
“Things for the Dead.” The Capilano Review, (N. Vancouver) Winter 1998
(Nominated for a Western Magazine Award, 1998).10 pages.
“Why men have nipples...” and “Dover’s white cliffs” in The Moosehead Anthology #6: Prose Poems and Sudden Fictions (Montreal),1997. 2 pages.
“Shun–Wai” first anthologized in Out of Place, (Ven Begamudre and Judith Krause, editors. Regina: Coteau Books, 1991). It also appears in textbooks from Prentice Hall (1994) and Harcourt Brace (1995). 3 pages.