Dissections: Chronicles of a Disappearance

Free admission
Date and time
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7 PM

Dissections is a panel discussion presented as part of DHC/ART’s program of public events designed to encourage an exchange of thoughts and impressions on contemporary art.

Each presenter will speak to a variety of concepts and ideas inspired by works in the current exhibition Chronicles of a Disappearance from the point of view of their research interests. After the presentations, all will be invited to take part in an enlivened discussion.

Christine Ross
Monika Kin Gagnon
Vincent Lavoie

DHC/ART wishes to thank the CCA for their kind and generous support of this event.

Limited number of seats: first come, first seated.


Christine Ross is Professor and James McGill Chair in Contemporary Art History in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Her main field of research is contemporary media arts, in particular: the relationship between media, aesthetics and subjectivity; spectatorship and interactivity studies; augmented reality; and reconfigurations of time and temporality in recent media arts. 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 recently co-edited (with Olivier Asselin and Johanne Lamoureux) Precarious Visualities: New Perspectives on Identification in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008). Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, she is the co-founder of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, and was recently named the recipient of the David Thomson Award for Graduate Supervision and Teaching (2011).

Monika Kin Gagnon has published widely on art, cultural politics and media since the 1980s, and is Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University. She is author of Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (Arsenal Pulp, 2000) and with Toronto video artist, Richard Fung and eleven artists, 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (Artexte, 2002), translated into Territoires et Trajectoires in 2006. She produced Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009), on her late artist-father’s experimental films of the 1960s, which engages the intersections of cinema, archives and memory, and the non-linear Korsakow film on the archiving process, entitled Archiving R69 ([2011] at She is currently working on an edited collection on the multiscreen films of Expo 67 with Janine Marchessault, and a monograph on the late Korean American artist, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and her unfinished film, White Dust from Mongolia.

Vincent Lavoie is professor in the UQAM University Department of History, and holds the Chaire des Amériques (Americas Chair) at the University of Rennes 2. Intersecting photographic studies, aesthetics and art history, his research focuses on the contemporary visual depictions of events, more specifically the persistence of the photojournalistic model in contemporary art. His research has yielded several published works, namely Photojournalismes. Revoir les canons de l’image de presse (Hazan ed., Paris, 2010). His current work addresses the issues of re-enactment in contemporary photographic practices, and literature related to miscellaneous news stories.

June 8, 1968, 2009
Philippe Parreno
Photo: Philippe Parreno
Courtesy of Pilar Corrias Ltd.

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