Media @ McGill

2013-2014 Participatory Media


Participatory Media: The relationship between media and participation raises the overarching question of the role of media in the development of democracy in different historical periods and socio-political contexts. It highlights the participatory dimension of media, especially the citizen’s participation in the creation, processing and transmission of informational structure, content and form; the artistic reshaping of spectatorial participation; and the user’s participation in the (re)configuration of public spheres, public spaces and communities. It emphasizes the possibility of developing direct forms of democracy through specific uses of media-user interactivity. Read the full description of the 2013-2014 Media@McGill theme.


 “Three-minute thesis” research exchange with students and faculty, Wednesday, January 29, 9:30-12:00 in Arts W-220 : Art History and Communication Studies (AHCS).

Panel on Participatory Medicine with Media@McGill Post-Doctoral Fellow Alessandro DelfantiArt is Open Source (Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico) and Patrick Dubé, Interactive Art Director and initiator of the Living LabThursday, February 13, 17:30-19:00 in Leacock 232. Watch the video.

Hidden from History: the Mexican Influence on Chinese Art by Zheng Shengtian (independent curator and Managing Editor of Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art) on Thursday, February 27, 17:30-19:00 in Arts W-215.

Media@McGill visiting scholar Peggy Phelan will be giving a Public Lecture, Thursday, March 20, 17:30-19:00.


FALL 2013

Media@McGill hosted The Participatory Condition, an International Colloquium, which was held in Montreal at the Museum of Contemporary Art on November 15 and 16, 2013. The Colloquium’s main objective was to assess the role of media in the development of a principle whose expansion has become so large as to become the condition of our contemporaneity. For more information visit: www.pcond.caWatch the videos

To complement the activities planned for the colloquium on The Participatory Condition, Media@McGill is hosting a Participatory Open Online Course” (POOC) – as opposed to a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) — on our colloquium website. POOC activities, which aim at rendering academic research more accessible to the general public, will run from October 15 to December 6, 2013. For more information visit:

2013 Beaverbrook Annual Lecturer: Al Gore on Technology and the Future of Democratization.

In 2013 the Beaverbrook Annual Lecture was given by the Honourable Al Gore. The free public lecture was entitled Technology and the Future of Democratization, and was held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in Pollack Hall, McGill University, 555 Sherbrooke West, Montreal, QC. For more information click here.