Area(s) of ExpertiseMedia, Feminist and Cultural Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Mobile Experience Design
Paula Gardner, PhD, is a Communication and new Media Studies practitioner and scholar who collaborates in the creation of critical new media projects that query science and computational logics. Gardner teaches courses in Digital Futures, the Graduate school an Liberal Arts and Sciences, in digital and feminist theory, mobile cultures, and bioarticulation, among others. Gardner has produced four videos over the past year for open source curriculum in feminism, science and technology, for FemTechNet and serves on their steering committee. Gardner's multimedia research practice seeks to reveal the biases of biometric devices, and their promotional advertisements. Recently, her recent scholarship evaluates the neoliberal texture of cultural practices with biometric devices, particularly activity trackers. As well, practice based research assists stakeholders in getting under the hood of technology to purpose it to their own, and socially beneficial uses. Recently, Gardner's work includes Body Editing, a movement feedback interface the team employs with dance companies and as movement therapy with seniors with dementia. Gardner's Mindfulness Technologies app was co-created with therapists and clients using ACT (mindfulness psychotherapy); it ports the therapy in engaging practices for teens onto a mobile app. Gardner's team recently held the art installation Proofofproofofconcept, to install research process, scultures and mappings from the "Biomapping" project; that four year project invited users to query their biomaterial self, by collecting, processing and printing their bio data in create critical and aesthetic "maps" of self. Gardner is completing this year the documentary film, Eyes that Don–t See, Hearts that Don–t Feel, which critiques the American asylum process through the stories of 6 survivors of persecution as they navigate the asylum and refugee systems. Relatedly, Gardner's team is creating a web-based application allowing users to create their own immigration narratives by perusing archives, in the open documentary project Hyper Migration. Gardner's writing and research can be found at: paulagardner.ca; mobilelab.ca/grand; mobilelab.ca/biomapping, and academia.edu
Doctor of Philosophy (2001) University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Department of Communication Advisor: Briankle G. Chang. Dissertation Title: "Recovery Culture: The Promotion of Depression and Consumption of Mental Health Technologies in Contemporary Social Practice"
Master of Arts (1994) New School for Social Research, New York, NY Department of Communication
Bachelor of Arts (1987) State University of New York, Potsdam Departments of Political Science and English
Specializations: Media and Cultural Studies, Feminist Theory, Visual Culture, Media & Mental Health, Digital Video Filming and Editing, TV Production.
Academic Administrative Experience
Graduate Program Direction, Digital Futures Program. 2014-15. OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
Associate Chair, Digital Futures Graduate and Undergraduate Programs. 2012- 2013. OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
Chair and Program Developer, Digital Futures Initiative Undergraduate and Graduate Programs, (Fall 2009 to July 2010)
OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario
Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Studies, 2005-2009
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Ontario
Co-Coordinator Media Production Program (Fall 2003–2004)
College of Communication, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Women's Studies Coordinator (Fall 2003–2004)
Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA
Recent TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Studies
Ontario College of Art & Design University, Toronto, Ontario
Graduate Seminar in Digital Theory
Looking and Motion: Mobile Practices and Technologies
Graduate Seminar in Digital Theory
Atelier II: Collaboration (2nd year Digital Futures)
Fall –13 Sabbatical Term
Winter/Spring –13: Graduate Seminar in Digital Theory
Media, Messages and the Cultural Landscape; Introduction to Communication Studies
Winter/Spring –12: Graduate Seminar in Digital Theory
: Mental Health, Culture and Society
Winter –11: Introduction to Visual Studies II: Critical Frameworks
Looking and Motion: Mobile Practices and Technologies
Graduate Seminar in Digital Theory
Fall –10: The Depression Industry: Mental Health, Culture and Society
Fall –10 Graduate Seminar in Critical Theory
Winter/Spring –10 Introduction to Visual Studies II: Critical Frameworks
Fall –08- Winter/Spring –09 (Sabbatical)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Studies
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, Ontario
Winter/Spring –07 Introduction to Visual Studies II: Critical Frameworks
Winter/Spring –06 Television Criticism
Fall –05 The Depression Industry: Mental Health, Culture and Society
Winter/Spring –05 Visual Culture
The Depression Industry: Mental Health, Culture and Society
Fall –04 Visual Culture
Seminar in Postmodernism
Visiting Assistant Professor: Department of Communication
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Winter/Spring –04 Digital Video and Visual Culture: Theory and Praxis (dual Graduate and Undergraduate Course)
Fall –03 Television Production
Mass Media and Society
Peer–Juried Exhibitions, Festivals and Museums
Proofofproofofconcept. Nov. 29- Dec. 4 2013. Graduate Gallery, OCAD University. Curators, Paula Gardner and Leighann Pahapill. Artist Team: Bohdan Anderson, Patricio Davila, Paula Gardner, Barbara Jenkins, Rob King, Hyein Lee, Ken Leung, Symon Oliver, Leigh Ann Pahapill, Yifat Shaik, Steve Surlin, Andrei Vassilev, Amber Whittenburg, Britt Wray.
Producer, Director and Interviewer (In production; completion Spring 2015). –Eyes that Don–t See, Hearts that Don–t Feel–, a series of testimonies from torture survivors, produced as archival documents, and as a full-length video documentary. The video presents the stories of 4 individuals from Cuba, Venezuela, Sierra Leone and Croatia, and their experiences of persecution, displacement and asylum- seeking in the context of the impregnable American immigration system. The film details new prohibitions on immigration since 9/11/2001 and the human impact on displaced individuals and the American economy. Produced in cooperation with a torture treatment center in Tampa, FL, with a grant from the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights.
FemTechNet Curriculum Videos. Producer, Director and Editorial Supervisor. Filmed April 2014; Forthcoming on line January 2015.) –Bioart."Will be available at FemTechNet.newschool.edu
FemTechNet Curriculum Videos. Producer, Director and Editorial Supervisor. Filmed April 2014; Online Nov 2014.) –Performance."Will be available at FemTechNet.newschool.edu
FemTechNet Curriculum Videos. Producer, Director and Editorial Supervisor. Filmed April 2014; Forthcoming on line Oct 2014.) –Performance."Will be available at FemTechNet.newschool.edu
FemTechNet Curriculum Videos. Producer, Director and Editorial Supervisor. September 2013. –Differences–. 40 minutes. Available at FemTechNet.newschool.edu
FemTechNet Curriculum Videos. Producer, Director and Editorial Supervisor. September 2013. 'systems–. 40 minutes. Available at FemTechNet.newschool.edu
Gardner, P, Dora Poon and Steve Surlin. Body Editing. March 2013. Published on mobilelab.ca and Vimeo.
Gardner, P, and Dora Poon. Mindfulness Technologies. March 2013. Published on mobilelab.ca and Vimeo.
Gardner, P, and Dora Poon. Visualising Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. March 2013. Published on mobilelab.ca and Vimeo.
Producer, Director, Editor. July 2011. –Biomapping: Biometrics, Data Visualisation, Personal Computing–. 10 minutes. (Presented to the IAMCR Convention.)
Mobile Media Exhibits
November 2008. PORTAGE; A Canadian Mobile Experience. Gardner, P. G Shea and Mobile Team, OCAD. Mobifest International Festival of Mobile Art and Creativity, Sao Paola, Brazil
October 2008. PORTAGE; A Canadian Mobile Experience. Gardner, P. G Shea and Mobile Team, OCAD. ACM Multimedia Interactive Arts Program, Vancouver.
March 2008. PORTAGE; A Canadian Mobile Experience. Gardner, P. G Shea and Mobile Team, OCAD. Science Rendezvous, City of Toronto, ON.
March 2008. PORTAGE; A Canadian Mobile Experience. Gardner, P. G Shea and Mobile Team, OCAD. DigiFest, Toronto, ON. March 2008. PORTAGE; A Canadian Mobile Experience. Gardner, P. G Shea and Mobile Team, OCAD. Mobifest on Wheels, Toronto, ON.
October 2007. PORTAGE; A Canadian Mobile Experience. Gardner, P. G Shea and Mobile Team, OCAD. Ontario Museum Association, Toronto, ON
November 2006. –Phone Noir"project of Alter Audio, Mobile Digital Commons Network. Garner, P and G. Shea. Words Aloud 3; Spoken Word Festival, Durham, Ontario.
Awards \ Grants
Grants & Awards
OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation. Award, OCADU and Partners. Co-Applicant. Grant –Focus on Fem-LED–. Applied participatory research and development of new experiential workshop methods
exploring the needs and identifying the barriers to success for female-led digital media enterprises, Hosted trial workshops with sector focus (gaming and virtual worlds)
Distinguished Researcher Award 2013-14, OCAD University. Awarded for research excellence.
Teaching Release Awards, OCADU. Teaching release for Winter/Spring 2014, from the Graduate Dean's/ Assoc. VP of Research Office, in recognition of grant achievements.
NSERC and International Science and Technology Partnerships (ISTP) 2013. Advisory Board Member. Time Tremors (Transmedia Gaming). With Zuannon Projetos Visuais Ltda.(Brazil) and Xenophile Media (Canada). Projects in wearable and biometric gaming.
Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency, Culture Programme (EACEA), Cooperation Projects with Third Countries. Brussels, Belgium. August-Nov Nov 2013 "July 2015. Co-Applicant. To create –Live Transmission"a collaborative mobile game and play experiences, including live transmission, to explore cultural exchange among youth; a joint project with OCADU's mobile lab and Digital Futures Programme, and art organizations: The Patching Zone (Netherlands), BlastTheory (United Kingdom) and Translocal (Finland.)
SSHRC Connection Grant. April 2013.Principle Investigator. Grant enables a lecture event (September 2013) with key scholars and artists in the area of Feminism and Technology: Dr. Kim Sawchuk (Concordia University), Shu Lea Chang (independent artist), Dr. Janet Murray (Harvard University) and Brenda Laurel . The even includes a public lecture, and the filming of two video dialogues as curriculum in the open source course (Dialogues in Feminism and Technology) developed by FemTechNet organization, of which Gardner is a Board member and contributor.
Data Visualisation Grant, CIV-DDD, OCAD U/York: (March 2012-March 2015) Researcher in this OCADU-YorkU joint network; PIs: Sara Diamond, Nick Cercone and Amir Asif; total grant: $920,000.
Principle Network Investigator (PNI), and Project Director (2010-2015). National Centres of Excellence Grant, for Graphics Animation and New Media (GRAND) project. (Jan 2010-Jan 2016). (PI: K Booth, et al.) serves a broad network of new media projects of 50 NI's, and 30 Project Directors. As PNI I support and guide OCADU's researchers in the network, and as Project Director, I lead the Project Visualised Science for Stakeholders. with Co-Lead Dr. James Reynolds (Queens University). I also conduct research as deliverables for three additional networked projects, in interactive multimedia projects using sensor-mobile networks. www.mobilelab.ca/GRAND
Xerox Grant. Co-applicant with Kate Hartman. 2011-12. Mississaugua, ON. Grant in materials (printable circuit ink) and access to Xerox labs for printed circuit research.
Visiting Fellow, BIOS Center for the study of Biosociety, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society; Fall 2011. London School of Economics.
Principle Investigator. Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Research Creation Grant for Fine Arts (April 2009–2012) Biomapping: mobile interventions in self-computation and spatial aesthetics. Mobile art experiments in subjectivity and aesthetics, through a range of self-mapping projects, producing material sculptures and virtual personal typographies. Through praxis-based intervention, we invite participants to explore the multiple data layers of mobile and public environments, to examine self, time and space via augmented technology. We craft, along with participants, varied digital and material self-maps reflecting hybrid mobile and material environments, with consideration of computational logics and aesthetics. www.mobilelab.ca/biomapping
Co-Principle Investigator. Canadian Heritage, New Media Research and Development Grant (NMRDI). (October 2006–March 2008): Portage: The Canadian Mobile ExperienceCo-investigator, Geoffrey Shea. Awarded to develop mobile digital content with small and medium sized industry. PORTAGE; A Canadian Mobile Experience. This project in mobile research and development, was conducted in collaboration with small and medium-sized cultural and entertainment industries. We –wired"John Street, Toronto, with wireless capabilities allowing cellphone users to interact with various video, photographic, audio and other experiences. http://www.mobilelab.ca/portage http://www.mobilelab.ca/portage.
Researcher. Heritage Canada Network Grant. Mobile Digital Commons Network, (Sara Diamond and Michael Longford, Principal Investigators.) 2005-2007.
Co–Lead, Alter Audio Project. (2005–2007) with Geoffrey Shea. Alter Audio create interactive mobile projects featuring innovative user experiences via locative media apparati, across three networked educational and art institutions. Included exhibitions: Words Aloud, Spoken Word Festival, Durham, ON (Nov. 2006) http://www.mobilelab.ca/alteraudio.
Human Rights Center Film Grant, Florida State University (2004–Ongoing)
Received funding to organize and oversee interviewing and video documentation of survivors of torture, at a torture treatment center in Tampa, FL.
Books in Progress
Gardner, Paula. Pace: The Political of Self Tracking. (Proposal in Progress; completion Jan 2015); Interest from Duke University Press.
Guest–Edited Journal Issues
Gardner, Paula and Charles Reeves. Special Issue Editors. Trauma as Cultural Phenomenon. (May 2014) Public: Art, Ideas, Culture, No. 49.
Gardner, Paula, Brad Lewis and Jonathan Metzl, Eds. (2003) Special Issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities entitled –Interdisciplinary Approaches to Critical Psychiatry." Vol. 24, Nos. 1/2, Summer 2003.
Gardner, Paula. (2010). 'space, Becoming, and Dislocation: Politicizing Mobile Art"in Poissant, Louise and Pierre Tremblay, ed. Ensemble ailleurs, Presses de l'Universit"du Qu–bec, Montreal, Que.
Gardner, Paula. (September 2008). –Mobile Publics: Methods for Making Virtual Spaces Public,"in Mobile Nation, Canadian Design Research Network, (Martha Ladly and Philip Beesley Eds). Tuns Press/Riverside Architectural Press.
Gardner, Paula in Young, Nora. 2012. The Virtual Self; How our Digital Lives are Altering the World Around Us. McClelland & Stewart (pp 188-90 and 195; on Biomapping and the biomaterial self)
Peer–reviewed Journal Articles
Gardner, Paula and Sara Kember. (Proposal Under Review) Special Issue on –Feminism and Systems–, Feminist Theory
Gardner, Paula. (Under Review, Dec 2014) –Pace: The Labour of Activity Tracking–, Television and New Media
Gardner, Paula and Barbara Jenkins. (Accepted for publication, Dec 2014) –Filling the Interval: Data as Narrative–, Body and Society
Verstappen, Marjan, Dora Poon, Tim Bettridge and Paula Gardner. –Off the Couch and Out of the Hospital, Mobile Applications for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy."[Paper and Demo] MobileHCI '14: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services. CD-ROM Proceedings. MobileHCI '14, Sep 23-26 2014, Toronto, ON, Canada. ACM 978-1-4503-3004-6/14/09.
Surlin, Stephen and Paula Gardner. –Body Editing–. [Paper and Demo] MobileHCI '14: Proceedings of the 16th. International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services CD-ROM Proceedings. Sep 23-26 2014, Toronto, ON, Canada. ACM 978-1-4503-3004-6/14/09. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2628363.2633575
Gardner, Paula. (May 2014) –The Lived Aesthetics of Trauma"in –Trauma as Cultural Phenomenon,"Public: Art, Ideas, Culture
Gardner, Paula and Charles Reeves. (May 2014) –Mediating Trauma In Global Cultures: Introduction to the Special Issue""in –Trauma as Cultural Phenomenon,"Public: Art, Ideas, Culture, No. 49.
Gardner, Paula and Britt Wray (Nov 2013). Lab to Living Room; Consumer EEG Monitors and Their Constructed Imaginaries. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology; Special Issue on Science Fiction
Gardner, Paula. (In preparation Fall 2013). Passing Through Surveillance: Mobility and the Agonistic Economy of Sensor Art. Transfers: A New Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies
Gardner, Paula, Geoffrey Shea and Patricio Davila. (2010) –Locative urban mobile art interventions; Methods for facilitating politicized social interactions. Aether: The Journal of Media Geography (5A)
Peer Reviewed Book Articles
Gardner, Paula. (in press, 2015) The Mobile Digital Divide: Uneven Development, and the Interstices of Globalization, Gender and Class. (In press; 2014); Communication and –The Good Life; Around the World After Two Decades of the Digital Divide"[ebook], Catherine Middleton and Gerrard Goggin, Eds.
Significant Web–published and Open-Sourced Publications
Gardner and Shea, Eds. (2008). The Portage Handbook: lessons in Mobile Experience Design and Development. www.mobilelab.ca/portage (PORTAGE: The Mobile Canadian Experience), Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto.
Peer Reviewed Conference Proceedings
Gardner, Paula. (2012). Technology and Emerging Media, the Canadian Communication Association Proceedings. –Resisting the Trans-Human Subject: Biometric Tools, Code and Modular Thinking"Proceedings, Technology and Emerging Media, Canadian Communication Association Conference, Congress; Waterloo, ON. URL: http://www.tem.fl.ulaval.ca/en/waterloo-2012/
Gardner, Paula. (January 2008). Gardner, Paula and G. Shea and P. Davila. –The Mobile Urban Experience: Art Interaction in PORTAGE. MediaCity Conference, Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany.
Gardner, Paula. (May 2007). Gardner, Paula and Geoffrey Shea and Patricio Davila –PORTAGE: Locative Media at the Intersection of Art, Design and Social Practice,"Locative Media Conference, Siegman, Germany.
Gardner, Paula. (2007). –Mobile Sphere–ing: Methods for Making Virtual Spaces Public."Proceedings of the Mobile Nation Conference, Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON.
Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries
Professional External Service
Steering Committee Member, FemTechNet. Open source pedagogy and Wikipedia storming and other projects in feminist and technology by international feminist scholars. Femtechnet.org
Executive Board Member, CIV-DDD (Center for Innovation and Data-Driven Design; joint research network of York and OCAD Universities). 2012-present.
Chair, Feminist Studies Division, International Communication Association. January 2011 to January 2017, Elected by membership to serve as area coordinator for conference submissions, Vice Chair and then Chair for a total of six years of service.
Reviewer. (2012 to Present) Space and Culture
Reviewer. (2012 to Present) Television and New Media
Reviewer. (2012 to present) Communication Theory
Reviewer. (2012-preesent) Communication, Culture and Critique
Reviewer. (2007–2012). Women's Studies, Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal/ Revue d–etudes sur les femmes
Editorial Board. (2007–Present). Wi, Journal of Mobile Media