Alison Reiko Loader
Part-time Faculty, Design and Computation Arts
Part-time Faculty, Cinema
Alison Reiko Loader studies old optical technologies, teaches digital production and makes art. Part media artist and part media historian, her past includes 3D game design in Tokyo and directing animated shorts at the National Film Board of Canada, while her collaborations with biologists mixed manipulated moving imagery, installation, and entomology. Her exhibitions and publications explore anamorphosis, camera obscuras, stereoscopy, scientific visual culture, race, gender, and animation, and her doctoral research is a feminist history of optical media in nineteenth-century Edinburgh. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Alison recently completed her PhD in Communication Studies and co-chaired the 2018 Society of Animation Studies conference. She has taught part-time in the Design and Computation Arts programs since 2001. She sometimes gives classes in Cinema (Film Studies and Film Animation programs) and is a regular member of the 3rd yr teaching team in the 3d Animation and CGI program at Dawson College. In her spare time she reads with young children as a JAME volunteer and makes clothes for her dog.
old optical media, video installation, animation studies, plant and insect-based art
Areas of expertise
feminist media history, critical visuality studies, archival research, media archaeology, digital animation & video, media installation, stereoscopy, anamorphosis, camera obscuras
Photo credit: Guy L'Heureux