Emily Pelstring


Emily Pelstring is full-time faculty in the Department of Film and Media, where her teaching areas include video, performance, sound, animation, and experimental media.  Her courses are built around creative exploration and collaborative problem-solving in the classroom, and she aims to facilitate a laboratory or workshop environment for students.

Her media art has been supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Her films, performances and installations have been shown internationally in galleries and festivals. In her single-channel animations, she experiments with optical filtering and textural effects by processing images through analog video effects units, as well as weirder and more convoluted means of image manipulation. Her video installations have employed holography, stereography, animated Pepper’s Ghost displays, and projection-mapped video, in conjunction with built material elements. These pieces reference magic shows and the occult, and draw links between spirituality, wonder, and illusion.

Emily also has a longstanding investment in the creative strategies of feminist media art, particularly practices of reclaimative myth-making, collaboration and collectivity, speculative futurisms, and the use of camp aesthetics. These interests have led her to build collaboratively-produced bodies of work, most notably with Inflatable Deities, an artistic duo with Jessica Mensch, and more recently with The Powers: an electronic music, performance, and video collaboration with Jessica Mensch and Katherine Kline.

Her current SSHRC-funded research project is Sistership TV, an episodic series for web created by The Powers. This project draws on feminist materialist theory and explores themes like the cyborg, telepresence, hysteria, witchcraft, and human-animal relationships.

artist’s portfolio: www.emilypelstring.com

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