5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
CJ Building, Room 2.130
7141 Sherbrooke W.
I LOVE MONSTERS (aka. Smile Bitch) is a practice-based project that critically and creatively reworks representational modes and narrative structures used for signifying the mother-daughter dyad through a situated feminist research-creation approach. This project understands research-creation as a knowledge-making practice, which interweaves critical theoretical analysis with creative processes of representation. This mode of knowledge-making enables both the production of an original video work, and a critical analysis of documentary and autoethnographic films and videos as part of a written component. This project is inherently interdisciplinary, coming together at the intersection of documentary studies, feminist film theory, and feminist theories of experience. Working from the interdisciplinary domain of communication and feminist media studies, and drawing from a history of feminist film theory and video making, this project engages with debates related to the writing and reading of gendered experience.
Vanessa Tolkin Meyer is a researcher, video-maker, and part-time music-maker. Her research is practice-based and fundamentally interdisciplinary, taking shape at the intersection of experimental film, documentary, autoethnography, feminist philosophy, and critical theory. Her current thesis work is a research-creation project that explores the construction of mother-daughter relations in a self-reflexive documentary and experimental autoethnography. She has worked in documentary production and television in Montreal and New York for over ten years.