Dana Cooley teaches in the Department of New Media at the University of Lethbridge, Canada. Her scholarly writing and artistic practice explores a constellation of concerns which circulate around material and aesthetic manifestations of the intangible and ephemeral.
Key research areas include: phenomenology, expanded cinema, paracinema, media archaeology, embodied interaction, perception, sound art, and the use of natural frequencies and energies in the arts.
2002 - 2207 PhD, Visual and Cultural Studies, the art of getting lost: reeling through Benjamin. Edinburgh College of Art, United Kingdom.
1997 - 1999 Master of Fine Arts (Video). School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, United States.
1987 - 1991 Bachelor of Fine Arts. The University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada.
2018. Walter Benjamin’s Frequencies & Reverberations: Paracinema, Energy, & Art. Wilfred Laurier University Press. Monograph. (Under revision.)
2018. “To Hear a Shadow: Natural Energies and a Latent Magical World” The International Journal of Arts Theory and History. Published by Common Ground Publishing. (Under revision.)
2018. “Walter Benjamin’s Play Room: Where the Future Nests So Eloquently or What is Cinema Again?”. Edited by Santiago Hidalgo. Foreword by André Gaudreault (Ed.), Technology and Film Scholarship: Experience, Study, Theory (pp. 101 - 127). Amsterdam University Press & Chicago University Press.
2009. “demented enchantments: Maddin's dis-eased heart.”. Playing with Memories: Essays on Guy Maddin (pp. 171 - 189). University of Manitoba Press.
Works in Distribution | collections
1996. pain & simple (1990). Video Pool Media Arts Centre: distribution
1992. the kiss (1990). Video Pool Media Arts Centre: distribution
1991. A is for Apple (1991). Video Pool Media Arts Centre: distribution
1991. under lying truths (1990). Video Pool Media Arts Centre: distribution
1995. the kiss (1990). Winnipeg Art Gallery: collection
Screenings | Exhibitions: selected (peer reviewed)
2014. send + receive (2013): Exquisite Corpse collaborative animation with artist Leanne Elias. The Silent Treatment: A Festival of Shorts, CASA (community arts centre) Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2014. Hansel & Gretel (2006). The Silent Treatment: A Festival of Shorts, CASA (community arts centre) Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
2011. Hansel & Gretel (2006). A Century of Artists’ Films curated by Mike Cousin of OUTcasting in partnership with Oriel Mwldan. Theatr Mwldan, Wales, UK
2009. mo(u)rning rituals (2005). SEE THE VOICE: Visible Verse. Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
2008. untitled (ellipse) (2005). Slowtime2007? Quicktime as an artistic medium. Cinematheque
2004. untitled (ellipse) (2005). Out Video, Ekaterinburg, Russia
Conference Papers : Selected (peer reviewed)
2018. “To Hear a Shadow: Natural Frequencies and the Latent World.” Thirteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society, Vancouver, Canada
2016. “poetic science: cinema as organ donor”; chaired Sex, Transgression, and the Odd Cult session. Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of Calgary, Canada
2013. “cinema at the edge.” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of Victoria, Canada
2011. “Forgotten Futures of Film: where the future nests so eloquently or “What is cinema again?”” The Impact of Technological Innovations on the Theory and Historiography of Cinema: Second International Colloquium of the Permanent Seminar on the History of Film Theory, Montréal, Québec, Canada
2011. “we arrive on old doorsteps: film, memory, and place in Maddin’s My Winnipeg.” Film Studies Association of Canada Annual Conference, University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada
2007. “Benjamin and the City’s regimen of imagination: representation and experienced in Benjamin’s “A Berlin Chronicle.”” Telling Places: Narrative and Identity in Art and Architecture, hosted by Bartlett School of Architecture and Slade School of Fine Art, Woburn Studios, University College London, UK
2018. SSHRC Insight Development Grant
2016. ULRF, University of Lethbridge Research Fund
1997. Video Script Development Grant, Manitoba Arts Council
1994. Film and Video Production Grant, Manitoba Arts Council
1993. Video Script Development Grant, Manitoba Arts Council
1991. First Video Fund, Video Pool Media Arts Centre