Media @ McGill

Ross, Christine


Full Professor, James McGill Chair in Contemporary Art History

Interest and Bio: 

Christine Ross is Professor and James McGill Chair in Contemporary Art History in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, as well as Director of Media@McGill — a hub of interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and public outreach on issues in media, technology and culture. Her areas of research include contemporary media arts; vision and visuality; transformations of spectatorship in contemporary art; participatory media and art; artistic redefinitions of the public sphere; and reconfigurations of time and temporality in recent media art practices. Her books include: The Past is the Present; It’s the Future too: The Temporal Turn in Contemporary Art (Continuum, 2012); The Aesthetics of Disengagement: Contemporary Art and Depression (University of Minnesota Press, 2006); and Images de surface: l’art vidéo reconsidéré (Artextes, 1996). She has coedited The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) with Darin Barney, Gabriella Coleman, Jonathan Sterne and Tamar Tembeck; Conflict[ed] Reporting: War and Photojournalism in the Digital Age [special issue of Photography & Culture, 8 (2), November 2015] with Tamar Tembeck and Theodora Tsentas; and Precarious Visualities: New Perspectives on Identification in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008) with Olivier Asselin and Johanne Lamoureux.

Since 2005, she has been the principal investigator responsible for the FQRSC-funded MediaTopia team research projects, including: Augmented Reality in Contemporary Art: Interdisciplinary Practices (2005-2009); Art and New Media: Towards a Hybrid Redefinition of Site (2009-2013); and Aesthetics, New Media and the (Re)Configuration of the Public Sphere (2013-2017). Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2010-), first laureate of the Artexte Canadian Award for Research in Contemporary Art (2012), recipient of the David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching (2011) and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto (2017), she is the cofounder of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.


Esthétique, nouveaux médias et la (re)configuration de l’espace public, Perception as Something We Do: The Reconsideration of Spectatorship in Contemporary Art


Other publications include: “The Performance-Management Model of Performative Subjectivity,” in Boredom, ed. Tom McDonough (London and Cambridge, MA: Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press, Documents of Contemporary Art series, forthcoming 2017); “La suspension de la historia en el media art contemporaneo,” and “The Suspension of History in Contemporary Media Arts,” Contranarrativas (0), 2017; “An Aesthetics of Inhabitability,” in Mark Lewis Filmworks, eds. Hamid Taieb and François Bovier (Geneva: MetisPresses, 2016); “The Spreadability of Video,” in Abstraction in Video, ed. Gabrielle Jennings (University of California Press, 2015); “Toucher l’autre: une histoire de surfaces corpo-électroniques,” in Mona Hatoum, ed. Christine Van Assche (Paris: Centre Pompidou, 2015); “The Cloud in Video: Notes on Isabelle Hayeur’s Aftermaths,” Espace, 2015; “Depression,” in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press), 2014; “The Movement of the Image. Vitality in Olivia Boudreau’s Media Production” in L’oscillation du visible. Olivia Boudreau, ed. Michèle Thériault (Montreal: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, 2014); “Movement That Matters Historically: Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s 2012 Alter Bahnhof Video Walk,” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture [special journal issue: Moving (with) Images: Gender, Affect, and the Senses, eds. Martha Zarzycka and Bettina Papenburg] Spring 2013/Spring 2014; “Historical Time Ecologized,” Esse, 2014; “Après la vidéo,” Revue 24 Images, 2014; “The Affective Historicization of Public Spaces,” Ciel Variable, 2013; “La réalité augmentée en art: une question de (non)destination,” in Le Réel à l’épreuve des technologies: les arts de la scène et les arts médiatiques, eds. Josette Féral and Edwige Perrot (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2013); “Historical Narrative in the Work of Stan Douglas,” in L’Art de la syntaxe, ed. J. Game, (Paris: Éditions de Vincennes, 2011); “New Screens Beyond the Screen: The Spatial Distribution of the Image in Augmented Reality Art,” in Screen/Space: The Projected Image in Contemporary Art, ed. T. Trodd (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011); “Spatial Poetics: The (Non)Destinations of Augmented Reality Art, Part I”  and “Spatial Poetics: The (Non)Destinations of Augmented Reality Art, Part II” (Afterimage, 2010); “Video Art in Canada,” in Canadian Art: The Twentieth Century , eds. B. Foss, S. Pakowsky, and A. Whitelaw (Oxford University Press, 2010); “The Suspension of History in Contemporary Media Arts,” (Intermédialités, 2009); “New Media’s Presentness and the Questioning of History: Craigie Horsfield’s Broadway Installation,” (Cinémas, 2007); “The temporalities of video: extendedness revisited” (Art Journal, 2006); “New media art hybridity and augmented reality: a process for the interaction of art, (neuro)science and AR technology” (Convergence, 2005); “The Paradoxical Bodies of Contemporary Art,” in Contemporary Art, ed. A. Jones (Blackwell, 2006); “The Disappearing Screen: An Incomplete Matter” (Parachute, 2004); “Redefinitions of abjection in contemporary performances of the female body,” in Grotesque Histories of Modern Art, ed. F. Connelly (Cambridge University Press, 2003); “To Touch the Other: A Story of Corpo-Electronic Surfaces,” in The Feminism and Visual Cultural Reader, ed. A. Jones (Routledge, 2003); “Pipilotti Rist: Images as Quasi Objects” (n. paradoxa 7, 2001); “The Insufficiency of the Performative: Video art at the turn of the millennium” (Art Journal, 2001); and “Vision and insufficiency…: Rosemarie Trockel’s Distracted  Eye” (October, 2001).

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Contemporary media arts; Augmented Reality; perception; spectatorship; and new forms of temporality in contemporary art.