Alanna Thain teaches Film and Cultural Studies in the Department of English at McGill University, and is co-director of the Program in World Cinemas. Currently, she is a fellow at the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, where she first developed the idea for Time Forms through a reading group with Stephen McAdams and Eric Lewis. She also co-directs the Moving Image Research Laboratory, devoted to the study of the relation between bodies and Moving image media. Her research brings together questions of affect, media and the body, with a special focus on contemporary cinema, animation, and screendance. Her book, Bodies in Time: Suspense, Affect, Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming) reorients the affective turn in critical theory through a careful attention to the temporal dimension of the cinematic body in films by David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock, Lou Ye, Christian Marclay, David Cronenberg and more. She is also currently completing two other book projects, one on Canadian animator Norman McLaren, and a second on ‘Anarchival Cinemas’, exploring the errant wanderings of post-cinematic production and movement practices. Her work focuses on ‘event ecologies’ in contemporary media and performance, understanding our encounters with media as lived experiences. She seeks to provide new conceptual models for thinking cinema and other media in their movement between platforms, mediums and bodies. Her work, on figures such as William Kentridge, Marie Chouinard, and David Lynch has appeared in journals such as Intermédialités, Parallax, differences and more, and in collections such as David Lynch in Theory. Her essay ‘Tendering the Flesh’, co-authored with Virginia Preston, is forthcoming from TDR. She is also an editor of Inflexions: A Journal for Research-Creation and a longstandng collaborator with Montreal’s Sense Lab: A Laboratory for Thought in Motion, and is a member of the SSHRC partnership grant Immediations: Media, Art, Event. Website
Stephen McAdams studied music composition and theory with Julia Hansen at De Anza College in California before entering the realm of perceptual psychology (BSc in Psychology, McGill University, 1977; PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences, Stanford University, 1984). In 1986, he founded the Music Perception and Cognition team at the world-renowned music research centre Ircam in Paris. While there he organized the first Music and the Cognitive Sciences conference in 1988, which subsequently gave rise to the three international societies dedicated to music perception and cognition, as well as the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. He was Research Scientist and then Senior Research Scientist in the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) from 1989 to 2004. He took up residence at McGill University in 2004, where he is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Music Perception and Cognition. He directed the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology (CIRMMT) in the Schulich School of Music from 2004 to 2009. His research interests include multimodal scene analysis, musical timbre perception, sound source perception, and the cognitive and affective dynamics of music listening.
Eric Lewis is a professor of Philosophy at McGill University, the director of the McGill Center for the Critical Study of Improvisation, the McGill site coordinator for ICASP and IICSI, and a member of CIRMMT. His research focuses on the philosophical implications of improvised arts. He is also an active improviser on brass and electronics.