About Me: Biography and cv

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I am Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at Western University, Canada (London, Ontario). My pedagogy involves curating large-scale speculative and experimental exhibitions with students, work that I have extended into independent curatorial projects such as Secret Stash (McIntosh Gallery, 2013). In my academic work, I have published widely on activism, visual culture, and museums, and I am currently finishing my book Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Museums, Culture. My work on critical museum studies has expanded into a new project focused on small and micro- collections that work against traditional museum formats. Since 2008, I have additionally researched textiles, the textile industry, and fibre-based arts. I have written on textiles and technology, on craftivism, and am currently looking closely at petrotextiles (that is, textiles that are made from oil and that disintegrate into plastic microfilaments). As a part of this research, I am a founding member of the Synthetic Collective, a group of artists, scientists and cultural researchers working on plastics pollution in the Great Lakes Region. My co-edited volumes Imagining Resistance: Visual Culture, and Activism in Canada, and Negotiations in a Vacant Lot were released in 2011 and 2014, and my tri-authored volume Putting IP in its Place: Rights Discourse, Creativity and the Everyday was published in 2013.

My full cv can be downloaded here.

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