about alison

Alison Reiko Loader studies old optical technologies, teaches digital media, and enjoys playing with insects, lenses, plants, projectors and assorted ephemera. Part media artist and part 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. The thesis for her PhD in Communication Studies, “Willful Spectacles: The Splendid Camera Obscuras and Popular Observatories of Miss Maria Short,” investigates a history of walk-in camera obscuras operated by women 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, visual culture/critical visuality studies, animation studies, feminist media studies, history of science, animate & biological arts, digital media & manipulated moving images, expanded cinema & media installation


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The 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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