Gerard Choy and I have been working in collaboration fairly consistently over the last few years. He lives in Singapore and I am in Halifax, Canada. Even though we had been regularly connecting on-line to discuss ideas and progress on projects, we hadn't seen each other in person in three years! What a delight it was to present our work in Montreal and to spend a week working face-to-face at the same table.
Gerard and I presented in response to a prompt given out by our session chairs, Sarah Hollenberg and Andrew Kear. Their provocative prompt about "the creative potential of signal decay," in reference to a centre-margins view of modernism 'spreading' immediately led us to re-examine Walter Benjamin's ideas of the 'aura' of the original.
It was a wonderful week full of exciting ideas and connections with academic peers. We are grateful to Sarah and Andrew for inviting us to present and to UAAC for their support. In the coming months, I will be posting more about the work Gerard and I have been doing on this site.