Laura U. Marks


Media Art and Philosophy


Laura U. Marks works on media art and philosophy with an intercultural focus. She programs experimental media art for venues around the world. She is currently working on enfolding-unfolding aesthetics, a research method informed by theories of the fold in Deleuze and in Shi’a philosophy, and on the influences of hermetic practices from the Muslim world on European arts and philosophies of the secret. She teaches in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She co- founded the Substantial Motion Research Network with Azadeh Emadi.

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Substantial Motion Research Network


The Substantial Motion Research Network gets its name from harakat al-jawhariyya, the process in which things transform from within in response to the universe's stimulations from without, as theorized by Sadr al-Dīn al-Shīrāzī. An international research network of scholars and artists, we stimulate each other to think and create across cultures and media. Starting from shared interests in the links between Islamic philosophy and digital media and in the connective…

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