Christine Ross, James McGill Chair in Contemporary Art History and Director of Media@McGill, has been awarded the inaugural Artexte prize for research in contemporary art. Artexte, a pan-Canadian centre of contemporary art documentation, says, through the award, it wished to recognize Professor Ross's outstanding contribution to the study of visual art and media: "[her] long-standing commitment to excellence in research has greatly enhanced our understanding of today’s leading artistic practices and their bearing on contemporary society."
Professor Ross's principal interests encompass the relationship between media, aesthetics and subjectivity; spectatorship and interactivity studies; the conjunction of contextual, phenomenological and cognitive/neuroscientific studies of perception in the study of contemporary spatial arts; Augmented Reality; and reconfigurations of time and space in recent media arts.
She recently spoke with the Montreal Gazette about receiving the first Artexte prize for research in contemporary art, as well as her new book, The Past Is the Present; It’s the Future Too: The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art (Continuum: 2012).
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