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.
Vanessa Meyer – A Moment in the Process: a rough-cut screening of I LOVE MONSTERS (aka. Smile Bitch)
Feminist Media Studio
CJ Building, Room 2.130
7141 Sherbrooke W Montreal (Qc)
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.
The 5 à 7 Open Studio Series provides a forum for informal encounters among members of the Studio and the community. It consists of presentations, conversations, or critique seminars by visiting scholars, artists and activists, presentations by Studio members of work in progress (both textual and media-based), and discussions around themes that link the practices and commitments of the Feminist Media Studio community. A common theme of the 5 à 7 gatherings consists in exploring the intersections of research, creation, and political engagement in feminist work (historically, and in our current efforts to articulate our research praxes, collectively).