Alessandra Renzi

Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University

Alessandra Renzi’s interdisciplinary work explores the linkages and relays between media, art and civic engagement through ethnographic studies and media projects. She has studied pirate television networks in Italy and the surveillance of social movements after 9-11. Her current research investigates how society’s increasing reliance on platforms, algorithms and big data is changing social justice activism. This research had led her to Indonesia, where she has been facilitating research-creation projects with local NGOs that use information design and data visualization for advocacy.


A. Renzi (In Press) Connective Activism: Media, Movements and the Recomposition of Struggle. Minneapolis, MI: University of Minnesota Press

A. Renzi. (forthcoming) “Data Acquisition, Data Analytics and Data Articulations: The Three A Algorithm for Designing Environmental and Political Struggle” Traganau, G. (ed) Design and Political Dissent: Spaces, Objects, Materiality, New York: Rutledge

A. Renzi, (2018) “Jakarta: social and housing justice should not be a gamble on global market’s table,” The Conversation, January 30, 2018 (Republished as “Jakarta should not turn to mass evictions as part of city planning for economic success,” The Independent, Saturday 3 February 2018)

A. Renzi, (2018) “Jakarta: keadilan sosial dan perumahan jangan jadi taruhan di pasar keuangan global,” The Conversation Indonesia, 30 January 2018

A. Renzi, (2017) “Entangled Data: Modelling and Resistance in the Megacity,” Open! Platform for Arts, Culture and the Public Domain. T/A/S Issue.

A. Renzi, (2015) “Info-capitalism, platform politics and the coding of resistance” Interface. Journal for and about Social Movements, Volume 7, Issue 3 – November 2015.

A. Renzi and G. Langlois. (2015) “Data / Activism” Compromised Data: From social media to Big Data, Elmer, G. et al. (eds.), London: Bloomsbury, pp. 202–225.

A. Renzi. (2013) “On the Currency of Somatic Architectures of Exchange – Interview with New Media Artist Ricardo Dominguez” Scapegoat: architecture/landscape/political economy. Issue 5, Currency, January 2013, pp. 321–334.

A. Renzi and Greg Elmer (2013) “Property Must Be Defended. Investing in the Bio-political City-Sacrifice” Theory, Culture & Society, September 2013; vol. 30, 5: pp. 45-69.

A. Renzi and Greg Elmer (2012) Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto’s G8/G20 Summit. Winnipeg: Arbiter Ring Publishing.

A. Renzi. (2008) “Tactical Media Pattern” Doug, Schuler (Ed.). Liberating Voices! A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution. Boston: MIT Press, pp. 505–6.

A. Renzi. (2008) “The Space of Tactical Media” Megan Boler (ed). Tactics in Hard Times: Practices and Spaces of New Media. Cambridge: MIT Press, pp. 71–100.


Media Production:

Art of the March: A Documentary Project, with Dietmar Offenhuber and Nathan Felde, 2017-18.

Why Jakarta Floods, Co-designed information visualization posters with the Urban Poor Consortium. Jakarta, September 2016.

Real vs. Ideal Solutions, Co-designed information visualization posters with the Urban Poor Consortium. Jakarta, September 2016.

The Ciliwung Institute – Jakarta, Indonesia, directed by Alessandra Renzi. Documentary, digital, color, 5 min., USA/Canada/Indonesia, 2016. In The Shoreline Project, produced by Elizabeth Miller.

Preempting Dissent, Policing the Crisis, directed by Greg Elmer and Any Opel. Produced by Boaz Beeri, Steven James May, Alessandra Renzi. Documentary, digital, color, 41 min., Canada, 2014.

Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi: After The Future, directed by Gary Genosko. Produced by Greg Elmer, Alessandra Renzi, Steven James May, Ganaele Langlois, Erika Biddle. Profile, digital, color, 24 min., Canada, 2011.

Activism Beyond the Interface: The Sandbox Project, Multimedia Project #1-6, with Roberta Buiani. 2012-2013.

Everybody wants something, with Insu^tv, Pirate TV Talk Show, Toronto Free Broadcasting, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 31 Oct. 2009.