Alla Gadassik is a media scholar, curator, and lifelong cinephile, defining “cinema” very broadly. Her research and writing investigates the history of filmmaking techniques and philosophies. While her main area of expertise is the history of animation, she is also interested in the history of cinematography and film editing. She holds a PhD in Screen Cultures from Northwestern University, an MA in Communication & Culture from York University, and a BA in Radio and Television Arts from X (Ryerson) University. Alla currently lives, works, and commits to decolonial futures on the unceded territory of Coast Salish people: Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and Stó:lō (Stolo). This area is officially known as Vancouver, Canada. She is Associate Professor of Media History and Theory at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECUAD).
Above you can see Alla’s contribution to the 2020 Faculty Show at ECUAD, titled The Work of the Work. In one part of the show the university’s academic faculty, whose work is often solitary and invisible, strived to perform their work on public display. The image documents Alla’s workstation, titled “The Academic Start-Up,” where she publicly worked on a grant application. A month later, the university would be shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven months after that, she found out that she received the grant.
Below you can see documentation of her parallel pursuits beyond academic and professional spheres, which include raising a person, engaging with contemporary moving-image art, and reflecting on the transformative potential of experimental media within the Academy.