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Tess Takahashi

BA (Brown), MA (NYU), PhD (Brown)

Assistant Professor, Department of Film

Professor Takahashi specializes in experimental media and technology. Her research focuses on the historical and discursive construction of technologies of the image including photography, celluloid film, television, video, animation, and digital media.

Dr. Takahashi’s teaching and research interests include: theories of technology, theories of the subject, community and collectivism, transnationalism, postcolonial theory, globalization, international avant-garde cinemas, third cinema, and experimental documentary. She is currently working on a book based on her prize-winning dissertation, Impure Film: Medium Specificity and the North American Avant-Garde (1965-2005).

Selected publications include: “The Imaginary Archive,” Camera Obscura; “Writing the World: Medium Specificity and Avant-Garde Film in the Digital Age,” Visible Language; “‘Meticulously, Recklessly Worked-Upon’: Materiality in Contemporary Experimental Animation,” The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema; and “Conversations with Julia Meltzer and David Thorne on Experimental Documentary;” Millennium Film Journal.