Trespass: Bodily Crossings, Mediated Borders

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

How might media figure embodied action, attentive to the complex intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class, and their differential force in making some bodies appear in public life and others quite simply disappear? This Work Group examines how feminist and queer media practice informs socially engaged interventions in the political landscape. Through the term trespass, we examine the modes of defiance (to the force of law, the exercise of power and domination, exploitation and precariousness). Trespass also foregrounds processes of escape and capture enacted in and through the dense ecologies of life in a globalized present.


Krista Geneviève Lynes is Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies, professor in Communication Studies, and Director of the Feminist Media Studio at Concordia University. Her book, Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits: Feminism in a Globalized Present, examines how aesthetic experimentation can visualize situated political struggles.

Rébecca Lavoie is pursuing her Ph.D. in Humanities at Concordia University (Montréal) in Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture. With a background in Political Thought and Performance Studies, she is interested in issues of representation in Visual Culture, more specifically, queer-feminist film and video art practices.

Ian Alan Paul is an artist/theorist currently living between San Francisco and Barcelona. His 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. His work can viewed online at


Darlene Emily Hicks
Isabel Gil Everaert
Rébecca Lavoie
Tyler Morgenstern