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Alessandra Renzi

Assistant Professor - Video Arts

Alessandra Renzi is an Assistant Professor in Emergent Media for the Department of Art + Design and the Program in Media and Screen Studies. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto and her M.A. from the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. She has held fellowships at the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media (Ryerson University, Toronto), at the School of Information Studies and the Centre for 21st Century Studies (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee), and at Media@McGill (McGill University, Montreal).

Alessandra’s interdisciplinary work explores the linkages and relays between media, art, and activism through ethnographic studies and media art projects. She has studied pirate television networks in Italy and the surveillance of social movements in Canada. Her current research investigates how society’s increasing reliance on platforms, algorithms and big data is changing social justice activism.

Her media art interventions interrogate and build upon the habits and practices that emerge in connection with social media technologies. She is co-creator, along with Dr. Roberta Buiani, of Activism beyond the Interface: The Sandbox Project, an art project located at the intersection between face-to-face and interface. This work has been featured internationally in venues like the Transmediale Festival in Berlin, Germany; the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro in Sao Paulo, Brazil; and the Queens Museum of Art in New York, USA.

Alessandra has also been published widely in scholarly and art journals alike. Her book on government surveillance after 9-11, Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto’s G8/G20 Summit, co-authored with Greg Elmer, was published in 2012 and the companion documentary Preempting Dissent: Policing the Crisis premiered in 2014. She is now completing the book Repurposing Media: Connective activism, co-research, transindividuation.




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