Conveners: Krista Geneviève Lynes, Rébecca Lavoie, and Ian Alan Paul


How might media figure and refigure embodied action, attentive to the complex intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class, and their differential force in making certain bodies appear in public life and others quite simply disappear? This Work Group examines how the legacy of feminist and queer media practice might inform socially engaged interventions in the current political landscape, under the repressive force of global capitalism, but in the interstices of global power, crossing cultural contexts in the interests of a liberatory praxis.

We propose the concept term trespass as a methodology for manifesting bodily crossing, for signaling the modes of defiance (to the force of law, the exercise of power and domination, exploitation and precariousness), but also to signal the movement of what Chela Sandoval calls “differential consciousness”, bodily limit, desire, and affect. Trespass foregrounds also the processes of escape and capture which are enacted in and through the dense ecologies of life in a globalized present.

How might coalitional politics be conceived in and through experimental actions or public projections? How might the complexity of bodily life and interactions be represented? How might media mediate beyond the tropes of immediacy, technological extension, viral spread, or dissemination? How might we trace alternative theories for the globalizing dimensions of media practice?


The Workshop will take place in the Feminist Media Studio’s Open Studio space, and can consist of a presentation of creative work (broadly conceived), historical accounts of modes of working in feminist media art and activism, or workshops across the Studio’s media kits (activist, artist, independent filmmaker).

The proceeding Work Group will consist of a series of presentations, roundtables, and seminars around the Work Group’s key issues. Participants will work collaboratively prior to the Encuentro to define the presentations and forms of engagement.

The Work Group will ultimately aim to produce an action intervention, forum for ongoing dialogue, or collection of essays beyond the Encuentro itself. We will, however, understand the Group’s work as a creative practice that might occur elsewhere than expected places and might lead to unexpected outcomes.


Applications for presentations and workshops in the Workshop should consist of a CV, abstract (or artist’s bio), and portfolio. Applications for presentations in the Work Group should consist of a CV, an abstract, and description of presentation (paper or seminar topic, or set of discussion questions and/or texts to read collectively). Members of the group will attend and participate in both the Workshop and Work Group. Materials should be uploaded via the online application form before October 9th, 2013.

The Work Group will consist of 15-18 participants.

Convener Biographies:

Krista Geneviève Lynes is Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies and Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Her research examines the political and aesthetic dimensions of media art in the context of contemporary transnational visual cultures. Her first book is entitled Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits: Feminism in a Globalized Present (2012). She is also the Director of the Feminist Media Studio at Concordia.

Rébecca Lavoie is pursuing her doctoral studies at Concordia University (Montréal) in Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (Humanities Ph.D. program). She works on the articulations of arts and politics, more specifically on film and video art practices and feminist, queer, anti-racist politics. She is also interested in the social and political contexts in which these works are being created and produced as well as the circuits in which they circulate.ébeccaLavoie; @BekaLadida.

Ian Alan Paul is an artist/theorist currently living in San Francisco, CA. His current practice is at the intersection of affect studies, new materialisms, and feminist theories of precarity. He is in the process of completing his PhD studies in UC Santa Cruz’s Film and Digital Media program. Ian can be found on twitter @ianalanpaul and more of his work can viewed online at

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