I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD) in Calgary, where I contribute expertise across the fields of media studies, media art and moving image histories, continental philosophy, and research methods.
My research interests lie at the intersection of art, technology and theory. Grounded within theoretically oriented analyses of contemporary media art and its histories, my work explores how digital processes have been structured, made available to the senses, conceptualized and critiqued through practices of aestheticization. Publications in Digital Culture & Society, Parallax, Media Theory, and The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory articulate how media artists’ creative realization and navigation of ‘catachrestic synesthesia,’ ‘abandonment,’ ‘algorithmic affordance’ and ‘habit’ (respectively) factor into this line of inquiry.
Complimenting my theoretically-inclined research interests, I have recently begun work on a multifaceted research project titled: Genealogies of the Techno-Industrial Artist Residency. Drawing together archival and historical research, discourse analysis, interviews, and formal criticism, this research project explores the genealogical histories and contemporary realities of artist residency programming aligned with techno-industrial contexts. Grounded within more than a dozen illustrative case studies, this project will culminate in a monograph, organized around the following thematic and historical chapters: On the Prehistories of the Techno-Industrial Residency (1500 – 1914); From the Bienal Internacional de São Paulo to the Bell Labs: Industrialization, Computation, and the Arts (1951 – 1972); The Early Histories of Computer Graphics Research in Canada (1965-80); The Screen Incorporated: The Moving Image Residency in Japan (1980 – 1995); On Affordance and Innovation in the Contemporary Media Arts – Bosch, Autodesk & Samsung (2012 – 2020).
I am interested in mentoring and working with graduate students whose research navigates the intersection between art and technology, whether in practical, theoretical, or historical terms.
Contact: ashley.scarlett [at] auarts.ca |@variousmatters