Marshall McLuhan & Vilém Flusser Communication & Aesthetics Theories Revisited Conference, Winnipeg, MB



A two day symposium with lectures, exhibitions, and screenings exploring issues of new media art, communications, and culture. Join us as we look into the concepts and processes characteristic of the beginning of the 21st century via the frameworks provided to us by Flusser and McLuhan. Presented at: The Cinematheque Theatre Winnipeg, MB, Canada, on May 31 & June 01, 2012. Presented by Video Pool Media Arts Centre in association with The University of Manitoba. Convened by Dr. Melentie Pandilovski.

Conference speakers include Barbara Rauch, Clint Enns, Dan Mellamphy, Melentie Pandilovski, Paul Levinson, Richard Cavell, Monika Vrecar, etc. See the full list at the conference link below.



Professor: Department of English
Founder :International Canadian Studies Centre University of British Columbia
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Biography: Richard Cavell is the author of McLuhan in Space: A Cultural Geography, the first book to articulate the spatial turn in media studies and McLuhan’s foundational role within it; he is also the editor of three additional books, the author of more than 70 chapters, articles and reviews, and the creator of the Professor Cavell has been a faculty member of the universities of Padua and Bologna, and his work has been translated into French, Italian, German, Romanian, Japanese, and Bengali. In conjunction with the McLuhan centennial, Professor Cavell has given invited lectures on McLuhan in Marburg, Berlin, Kiel, The Hague, Stockholm, Frankfurt, Edmonton, Toronto, Tokyo, Belgrade, and Paderborn. Professor Cavell is joint Founder of the award-winning Cultural Spaces series at the University of Toronto Press; founder of the International Canadian Studies Center at UBC; a founding member of the Canadian Association for Cultural Studies; Past President of the Canadian Comparative Literature Association; and principal founder of the new program in media studies at UBC.


Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC.  His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999), Realspace (2003), Cellphone(2004), and New New Media (2009; 2nd edition, 2012),  have been translated into ten languages.  His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (1999), Borrowed Tides (2001), The Consciousness Plague(2002), The Pixel Eye (2003), and The Plot To Save Socrates (2006). He appears on “The O’Reilly Factor” and numerous TV and radio programs.  His 1972 LP, Twice Upon a Rhyme, was re-issued in 2010.  He reviews  television in his blog, writes political commentary for Mediaite, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Top 10 Academic Twitterers” in 2009.

Presenting Lecture: Occupy Wall Street in the Global Village

McLuhan’s global village in the 1960s was more a metaphor than a reality – television audiences were national not international, and they were one-way, with no facility for members of the audiences to communicate amongst themselves.  In contrast, the village of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook people is international and interactive – McLuhan in the 1960s was really writing about our time not his.   The Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street are logical outgrowths of this new environment, in which consumers become producers.  The xerox turns every author into a publisher, McLuhan astutely observed.   Social media make every viewer a producer, every listener a speaker, and every writer a published author, with an impact far more profound than that of the xerox.

Registration & accommodation information her: 

 Artspace/Gault Building (1900)

 Artspace/Gault Building (1900)

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