Ashley Scarlett

Contact Information
ashley [dot] scarlettatutoronto [dot] ca
BL 715
PhD Candidate (2010)

PhD, University of Toronto
Information Studies

Dissertation: On the Matter of the Digital in Contemporary Media Art
Committee: Dr. Costis Dallas, Dr. Brian Cantwell Smith, Dr. Matthew Brower
Research Expertise: Media Studies; Media Art History; Photography Studies; Critical Theory & Philosophy; Research Methods

Graduate Certificate, Cornell/ School of Criticism and Theory Certificate

MA, Queen's University
Sociology - Photography Studies

2002- 2006
BA, University of Alberta
Sociology & Philosophy

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University of Toronto
-- Senior Seminar: Topics in Media and the Arts – W2016

Ontario College of Art and Design University
-- History of New Media Art – F2015, W2014 & W2013 (3X with TA Support)
-- Photography Theory & Criticism – S/S2015
-- Introduction to Visual Theory – W2014
 (TA Support)
-- Art, Design, and the City – S/S2012


Data Materialization Studio, Ontario College of Art and Design University, 2014 - ONGOING
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, Principle Investigator: Dr. Barbara Rauch

SEMAPHORE Research Cluster, University of Toronto, 2012-2013

“Critical Making and Participatory Material Culture,” Principle Investigator: Dr. Matt Ratto

Department of Sociology, Queen’s University, 2008-2010

“Analogue to Digital: Objects, Practice & Processes of Digital Imaging and Photography,” Principle Investigator: Dr. Martin Hand


ASHLEY SCARLETT is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her primary field of research lies at the intersection of art and technology, with a particular focus on the theoretical dimensions of contemporary media art and creative practice. Ashley’s dissertation, On the Matter of Digital Objects in Contemporary Media Art, explores contemporary new media artworks and making practices as a grounded means of engaging with the phenomenological parameters of digital objects and materials. Ashley has presented and written widely on her research in this field, with a recent publication in Digital Culture & Society.

In addition to HER doctoral work, Ashley is also a lecturer and research associate at OCAD University. She teaches courses in new media art history, photography studies, and critical theory. She is also currently conducting a practice-based research project at the Data Materialization Studio on the topic of Temporal Aesthetics; this project coincides with an Artist Residency Program that she organizing and directing.

Selected publications: 

Scarlett, A. (2017) "On Withdrawal, Abandonment and the Limits of Algorithmic Apprehension," Special issue on Noötechnics for Parallax. Ed. Anaïs Nony. (Accepted - Submitted)

Scarlett, A. (2015) "Interpreting and Improper Materialism: On Aesthesis, Synesthesia and the Digital," Digital Culture & Society. Vol. 1 No. 1. Pp. 111-130

Scarlett, A. (2014) "Review: Media Between Data & Experience," In-Theory Newsletter of the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University.


Dr. Costis Dallas
Dr. Brian Cantwell Smith
Dr. Matthew Brower

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