Research

My research explores science fiction and the visual cultures of Poland and East Central Europe. My current book project, Working the Base: Alloys of Art and Industry in the People's Poland (1965-1981), is a cultural history of art festivals hosted at industrial work sites in late-socialist Poland.

In a new article in Studies in Eastern European Cinema, I analyze collaborative films made by Polish artist Paweł Kwiek in the early 1970s. I read the films as exercises in self-organization that anticipated and actualized the political opposition's theoretical program during this decade.

            My recent article "Civic Voyeurism: Józef Robakowski's Aerial Views of the Commons" can be read in the journal View: Theories and Practices of Visual Culture. My reading of Józef Robakowski's film From My Window (1978-1999) challenges its traditional interpretation as a parable of socialist surveillance culture. I introduce the optimistic notion of "civic voyeurism" and ask if observing (surveilling) one's neighbors can be an act of care. 

A recent conference paper on acousmatic sound in science fiction film & TV can be viewed here.

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