Posted on 2015/11/25 by

Cummins v. Bond: Unmaking the Author

On the day of July 23, 1926, a strange case passed before Judge Harry Trelawney Eve. On the surface, it seemed like a pretty straightforward matter of copyright in which one Geraldine Cummins was contesting the rights of one Frederick Bligh Bond to a work called The Chronicle of Cleophas. The thing is: Geraldine Cummins Read More

Posted on 2015/11/11 by

Embodied Space: The Webster Library Transformation

The Webster Library Transformation is underway and in the University’s postings about the work being done, the word ‘renovation’ is conspicuously absent possibly because it carries connotations of disrepair, age and maintenance of an old system. Maybe that’s also why it’s being touted as a “next-generation” library, which makes a kind of avowal of the Read More

Posted on 2015/11/09 by

Sleep, a laboratory

“Yet these analyses, while fundamental for reflection in our time, primarily concern internal space. I should like to speak of external space.” —Michel Foucault, “Of Other Spaces” “What will the creature made all of seadrift do on the dry sand of daylight; what will the mind do, each morning, waking?” —Ursula K. Le Guin, The Read More

Posted on 2015/10/09 by

The #HungerGames Function

Hunger. Games. A game about survival for food. A game of high consequences. In 2008, Suzanne Collins released a book titled “Hunger Games” that followed a young adult female protagonist who volunteers to take her sister’s place in a mandatory death match enforced by “the capital”, the Elite society that controls the fictional world of Read More

Posted on 2015/09/30 by

Author and Authority: Creating Fashion Trends in Historical Re-enacting (Probe on Foucault’s ‘Author’)

As I begin my own process towards authorship, I have been thinking a great deal on how we create authorities out of persons who share their research. This has held exceptional resonance with me in my own work on Eighteenth Century fashion and how it is viewed by the community of re-enactors I belong to. Read More

Posted on 2015/09/28 by

Why doesn’t the Dalai Lama have an H-index?

This probe will investigate citation practices and contemplative knowledge through the framework of discourse as defined by Michel Foucault in On the Archaeology of the Sciences: Response to the Epistemology Circle. Tenzin Gyatso is the fourteenth Dalai Lama and was recognized as the reincarnation of the thirteenth Dalai Lama at the age of two. The Dalai Read More

Posted on 2015/09/25 by

Probe 1: Fan-fiction and Foucault – “What is an Author?”

Specifically, what is an author in contemporary, 21st century society?  We are living in a time where anyone can access and circulate text through the web, making it easier to reach target audiences and group together people that have similar interests. Are people who write fiction online “authors”? They circulate text and create fiction, but are Read More

Posted on 2013/09/27 by

Probe – An archeology of vernacular photography

The above picture is a detail of a collage currently on exhibition at the Darling Foundry and is part of Le Mois de la photo à Montréal. The artist transformed and assembled close to one thousand images taken from a photo-sharing website. Sunset Portraits is a large, yet ordered and neat collage.  The pictures are Read More