Brooke Belisle

BROOKE BELISLE, Assistant Professor

Comparative Media (History and Theory of Photography, Cinema, Digital Media); Media Art, Media Theory, Media Archaeology; Immersion and Interactivity; Critical Theory and Phenomenology; 19th Century Visual Culture; Visual Cultures of Science

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Office: Staller Center for the Arts #4275

Brooke Belisle researches and teaches comparatively across the history and theory of media aesthetics. Her work focuses on the recurrent disruptions and possibilities of “new media,” exploring emergent formats and experimental practices that echo across different historical periods of technological and social transformation. She directs the Stony Brook working group in Media, Art, Culture, and Technology, has been co-chair of the CinemArts interest group of the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, and is an editor of the Journal of Visual Culture. Her work has been supported by long term fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, The Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Belisle’s current book project, The Bigger Picture, explores how strategies of connection in contemporary media aesthetics resonate with the expansive ambitions of nineteenth century formats such as stereo-panoramas, early photographic sets, and other pre- or para-cinematic experiments. She is also working on a second project, Seeing Stars, which will offer a media-aesthetic history of astronomy to show how art, science, and technology intersect to imagine the limits of our visible world. She has published essays on artists including Lorna Simpson, Trevor Paglen, and Ken Jacobs as well as on railroads, stereographs, and globes; copies of some publications can be found on her page.

Belisle completed a PhD at UC Berkeley in Rhetoric, with additional emphases in Film and in New Media; a hands-on master’s degree in digital media at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program; and a bachelor’s degree in English at Princeton University. She advises MA, MFA, and PhD students across a broad range of interdisciplinary research and practice in art and art history, film and media studies, philosophy and visual culture.