Platt Professor, Communication Studies & Media Arts
Liss Platt is a media artist whose works take the form of videotapes, films, photographs (analog and digital), web sites, performances, sculptures, and installations. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University. She is represented by MKG127 in Toronto.
Her art practice, in the broadest sense, revolves around an exploration of the complex processes by which individuals become constituted as subjects. Through a combination of personal narrative, critical analysis, gender politics, and strategies of appropriation, her work often examines how various representations and discourses shape our understanding of ourselves within the world. Frequently her work also seeks to undermine assumptions about what objects and forms are appropriate as art while encouraging contemplation of taken-for-granted aspects of everyday life. She is also a member of the Hamilton-based queer art collective, Shake-n-Make.
Research/Creation Areas: Video, Film, Photography, Visual Art, Web-based Art, Digital Media, Performance Art, Installation Art, Conceptual Art, Documentary, Personal Narrative, Surveillance, Archive Studies, Women’s Studies, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies, Queer Studies, Video and Audio Preservation.