about alison

Alison Reiko Loader studies old optical technologies, teaches digital media, and enjoys playing with insects, lenses, plants, projectors and assorted ephemera. Half media artist and half media historian, she enjoys collaborative projects of all sorts, and explores connections between apparatuses, bodies, representation and spectatorship by applying feminist and posthumanist concerns to research-creation. With a past that includes pre-press production and sign-making, creating computer-generated game backgrounds for the entertainment division of a Tokyo design studio, and directing short animated films at the National Film Board of Canada, Alison has taught classes in the Computation Arts and Film Animation programs at Concordia University in Montreal since 2001 and in the Dawson College 3D Animation and CGI program since 2010. Her thesis in the  PhD in Communication Studies, “Willful Spectacles: The Splendid Camera Obscuras and Popular Observatories of Miss Maria Short,” investigates the history of walk-in camera obscuras in nineteenth-century Edinburgh. Alison has also published and presented research papers on anamorphosis, stereoscopic cinema, interdisciplinary research-creation, and race, gender and animation.

Areas of Research:
optical media history, feminist media studies, early histories of science (natural magic), visual culture, cultural studies, animation studies, moving images, media installation, animate & biological art

The background image for this site is an illustration of the lost Central Park camera obscura from Frank Lesley’s Popular Monthly, 1877.


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