Alla Gadassik is a media scholar, curator, and lifelong cinephile, defining “cinema” broadly. Her research and writing investigates the history and philosophy of different filmmaking methods. While her main area of expertise is animation, she is also interested in the history of cinematography and film editing. 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 research is often solitary and institutionally invisible — strived to perform their work on public display. Alla’s contribution was a workstation titled “The Academic Start-Up,” where she publicly worked on a major grant application. A month after the photo was taken, the university would be shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven months after that, Alla found out 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.