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 studio classes in the Computation Arts and Film Animation programs at Concordia University in Montreal since 2001. For her PhD in Communication Studies, she is investigating Maria Short’s Popular Observatories and 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:
expanded animation, old optical media (stereoscopy, anamorphosis, camera obscuras), animate art, cultural studies, animation studies, 3d animation & time-based digital imaging

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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