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Simone Lucas & Aimee Louw

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5 à 7
October 19, 2017
Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Feminist Media Studio
CJ Building, Room 2.130
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke W Montreal (Qc)

Feminist Media Studio 5 à 7 presentation series:

Simone Lucas (Concordia University, M.A. Student in Media Studies):
“So You Know I Think About You Every Day: A Study of E-Mail Correspondence and Friendship Through Video Art”

This project is a cinematographic investigation of women’s friendship and e-mail correspondence. I use personal e-mails exchanged with a friend over the summer of 2009 as a point of departure for an experimental essay film. In the film, two friends meet within the digital realm of the e-mail. In parallel, they dance through the dreamscape of an abandoned construction site. They perform for each other in movement and in writing as a way to foster intimate friendship across geographical distance. Through these performances, they discover the power of watching and being watched by a friend.

The video will form the basis of a theoretical text on e-mailing as a vehicle for both intimacy and self-expression in friendship. Drawing from Trinh-T. Minh Ha’s experimental film Night Passage and its companion book D-Passage: The Digital Way, I will explore the relationship between video art and feminist media theory. I intend to develop theory that is grounded in the process of filmmaking.

Aimee Louw (Concordia University, M.A. Student in Media Studies):
“Settling for Accessibility: Stories of Accessibility and Settler Colonialism through Video Production in two Canadian Cities”

Accessibility advocacy is necessarily place-based, addressing systemic barriers to public engagement because of physical and social spaces. By being historically and culturally excluded from public spaces due to these barriers and discriminatory attitudes and practices, people with disabilities are often in the position of needing to assert their right to space for themselves in literal ways (on paths and sidewalks, on transit, in daily navigation of institutions).

The videos presented for feedback sit at the intersection of Critical Disability Studies (CDS), Indigenous Studies (IS), and Mobility Studies (MS), looking at the tension between calls from disability justice activists for increased access to public spaces, and title (right) to unceded territory by Indigenous peoples (Garland-Thomson, 2011, Hickey, 2014). The first, Bodies of Knowledge, is an autoethnographic video poem exploring the filmmaker’s relationship to landscape, climate change, and personal history, as a wheelchair user enjoying Vancouver’s easily accessible sea wall paths. The second, My Shoreline, is at once an expose into an element of transit discrimination in Montreal, Quebec, and a meditation on the desires and pleasures of being in, and near water.

Simone Lucas is a filmmaker and a writer. Her artistic practice seeks to blur the boundaries between documentary film and video art. She is also an educator and organizer committed to bringing media making to struggles for justice and social change. Simone is currently completing an MA in Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal under the supervision of Elizabeth Miller, and is the recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program scholarship and a FRQSC Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture scholarship.

Aimee Louw is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and radio host. She is an MA Media Studies student under the supervision of Dr. Kim Sawchuk, and is the recipient of a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program scholarship and Ethnic Studies and Social Diversity Fellowship award. Her media practice spans topics of accessibility, disability justice, sexuality, and feminism. In recent years, Aimee has been a part of the growing accessibility advocacy community in Montreal, Canada, focusing on accessible transit and cultural spaces. Aimee directs the series, Underwater City Project, which documents through writing and video, personal experiences of ableism and accessibility in five Canadian cities. Aimee’s time as co-coordinator of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group from 2014-2016 informs her community-driven research.