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Alison Reiko Loader

Part-time Faculty, Design and Computation Arts
Part-time Faculty, Cinema

Alison Reiko Loader
Office: S-EV 6705 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4630

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.


PhD, Communication Studies, Concordia University

Research interests

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

Possible Movements/Grey Nuns Chapel, FOFA Gallery Vitrines, 2010
Anamorphic Cinema, Centaur Workshop, 2011
En Masse, FOFA Gallery Vitrines, 2015
Photo credit: Guy L'Heureux

Teaching activities

CART 212 A & B Digital Media I • Winter 2019

DART 441 Culture of Images • Fall 2018

FMST 218 History of Animated Film • Winter 2019

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