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Kristopher Cannon

Kristopher Cannon’s research examines new media and technologies, film, and visual culture. More specifically, his research relies upon theories of queerness, digitality, failure, object-orientated ontology, and phenomenology to interrogate how mediated and technological objects re/figure the visible forms of bodies and beings. In August 2013, he completed his dissertation, entitled “Oblique Optics: Seeing the Queerness of Ec-Static Images,” which explores the queerness of images through oblique methods to engage with visual culture.

“Oblique Optics” considers how images reveal their queerness beyond the visible surfaces of bodies and things and reconsiders the ontology of bodies and beings through aesthetics of failure.

Dr. Cannon’s current work continues to examine aesthetics of failure through digital bodies, sonic visibility, and ontologies of non-human beings. His work has been published in Spectator, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Deleuze Studies, and in the edited collection Moving Data: The iPhone and the Future of Media. Before arriving at Northeastern University, Dr. Cannon taught courses on film and media aesthetics, film theory, gender and film, new media, and queer transnational cinema.

Dr. Cannon received his PhD in the Moving Image Studies Program at Georgia State University.


Communication Studies


  • PhD in the Moving Image Studies Program,Georgia State University

Research Focus

  • Aesthetics of failure through digital bodies
  • Sonic visibility
  • Ontologies of non-human beings