I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta University of the Arts (formerly ACAD), 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 maps how digital processes have been mediated, made available to the senses, conceptualized and critiqued through practices of aestheticization. Recent publications in Digital Culture & Society, Parallax, and The Routledge Companion to Photography Theory have articulated how the creative realization and conceptualization of ‘catachrestic synesthesia,’ ‘abandonment,’ and ‘habit’ factor into this line of inquiry.
Complimenting my existing research, I am currently working on two further research projects.
Through an ‘archaeological’ examination of five exemplary case studies, Genealogies of the Techno-Industrial Artist Residency explores the genealogical histories and contemporary realities of artist residency programming associated with techno-industrial contexts. Drawing together archival and historical research, discourse analysis, interviews, and formal criticism, the research program has three broad aims: (1) to account for the rhetorical constitution and practical implications of contemporary techno-industrial artist residencies through an archaeological examination of complementary historical cases studies; (2) to map a rich account of the collaborative relationships that have developed between artists, designers, and technologist working within residency contexts; and (3) to identify and analyze how prominent themes and practices emerging across these residency contexts (past and present) are both corresponded to histories of art, while also working to discursively frame and shape the innovative potentials attributed to emerging technologies.
Rethinking Affordance brings together creative practice and theoretical analysis to develop an arts-based account of “affordance” that is capable of encompassing algorithmic processes, objects and environments. Undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Martin Zeilinger (Anglia Ruskin University, UK), this multi-tiered project began with a thematically aligned symposium and exhibition hosted by Akademie Schloss Solitude (DE) during the summer of 2018. A forthcoming co-edited special issue of the journal Media Theory will expand upon the discussions emerging from these events.
Contact: ashley.scarlett [at] acad.ca