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Andreas Kitzmann

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Department of Humanities

Associate Professor

Office: Founders College, 321
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 88703
Email: kitzmann@yorku.ca

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Professor Andreas Kitzmann has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. His current project focuses on the revival of analog technologies in the post-digital age with a specific interest in the modular synthesizer as a tool to think about the relationship between technology and creative practice.

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Professor Andreas Kitzmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University. He received his PhD in comparative literature from McGill University and has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, modular synthesis and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. Among his publications is Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams (Peter Lang, 2004) and Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann. University of Toronto Press.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
BA, McGill University
BA, Trinity Western University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Arts and Culture, Modular Synthesizers, Sound Studies, Technology and Creativity, Media, Technology and Culture
  • SSHRC Connections Grant: Patchup - Synthetic Sound and Modular Thought - 2021

Current Research Projects

Designing Sound Futures

    Summary:

    Designing Sound Futures is an interdisciplinary research cluster that seeks to explore sound, inclusive learning, engineering, critical disability studies, and the arts through theoretical and material engagements with modular musical synthesis. Members of the research cluster are drawn from the Faculty of Education, the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, and the departments of Humanities, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Communications.

    Description:

    Designing Sound Futures will bring York cluster scholars and RAs, artists, electronics engineers, instrument designers, and the disability community into contact with one another through cluster events, materials-centric workshops, and hackathons/buildathons.

    In collectively co-exploring the phenomenon of modular synthesis, our research objectives are centred on:

    1) Exploring cutting-edge materials and interface design, linking innovations in technology and engineering with social innovation in education and the arts;
    2) Developing adapted and new instrument designs and interfaces informed by critical disability studies thinking;
    3) Enriching public and industry discourses and practices surrounding technology, learning, and creativity informed by principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion as outlined in critical race theory;
    4) Developing wide ranging music, creative arts, and STEAM curricula that challenge inequitable and ableist structures in music education.

    York Team Members

    Kurt Thumlert (PI), Education

    Andreas Kitzmann (co-applicant), Humanities

    Melanie Baljko, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    James Smith, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Vassilios Tzerpos, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    Casey Mecija, Department of Communication Studies

    Graham Wakefield, AMPD

    David Cecchetto, Humanities

    Key External Partners

    Jason Nolan, TMU, director Responsive Ecologies Lab (RE/Lab)

    adam patrick bell, Western University, director of Canadian Accessible Musical Instruments Network (CAMIN) 

    Richard Marsella, director Community Music Schools of Toronto (CMST at Regent Park and Jane & Finch)

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    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2023

    End Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2026

    Collaborator: Kurt Thumlert
    Collaborator Institution: Faculty of Education
    Collaborator Role: Principle Investigator

    Funders:
    York University CIRC Program
Patch Up: Synthetic Sound and Modular Thought

    Summary:

    I am interested in exploring analogue things in a digital age in order to identify conditions of authenticity, legitimacy and creativity ….. as key drivers of the way we project our identities onto digital and analogue objects and the intimate technologies we own, thus adding to the discourse around digitization of everyday things. This project has two manifestations, the first being a workshop in conjunction with Ryerson University and the second an edited book, under contract with Routledge. The volume is co-edited with Einar Engstrom, Ezra Teboul and Claes Thoren.

    Description:

    Patch Up! is a workshop on musical modular synthesis hosted by York University and the Responsive Ecologies Lab at Ryerson University that brings together scholars, artists, educators, musical instrument designers and engineers to explore modular synthesis and its impact on music and multimedia arts. Through historical, technical, social, aesthetic, pedagogical, artistic and other perspectives, the workshop will open a collective reflection and sharing of knowledge on the powerful connections between technology, creativity, culture and personal agency.

    The goal of the workshop is to explore how the features and practices of modular synthesizers set them apart from other music making objects and systems, and how this specific technology has important implications for rethinking creativity, making and inclusive learning, as well as innovations in artistic communities, educational settings, and sound-based industries. The workshop will provide valuable insights into how individuals and communities project their identities onto the objects and the technologies they own, and the search for meaningful technological and artistic encounters.

    The workshop brings together scholars, artists, engineers, educators and entrepreneurs in order to break down the boundaries that often separate these spheres, thus leading to a collaborative exchange of knowledge as well as new forms of cultural engagement and artistic practice. Our aim is to create a collegial and multi-disciplinary atmosphere based on the mutual exploration of ideas and hands-on engagement through various forms of interaction, discussion and knowledge sharing. Participants will share their insights as to the reasons behind the growing popularity of modular synthesis and the opportunities that this unique technology provides for musical experimentation and non-screen based interaction and creativity.

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    Role: Principle Investigator, along with Jason Nolan, Kurt Thumlert, Heidi Chan, Einar Engstrom and Claes Thoren.

    Start Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2021

    Collaborator: Jason Nolan
    Collaborator Institution: Ryerson University
    Collaborator Role: Co-investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC
Books

Publication
Year

Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann and Julia Creet. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

The Hypertext Handbook: the Straight Story. New York: Peter Lang Publications, 2006.

2006

Saved From Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams. Digital Formations.New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2004.

2004

Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzman, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005.


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Between the Inside and the Outside: Memorial Tattoos and the Externalization of Loss." The Tattoo Project Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive. Ed. Deborah Davidson.

2017

“The Machines that Write Us: Social Media and the Evolution of the Autobiographical Subject” A History of English Autobiography, ed. Adam Symth. Cambridge University Press, 2016

2016

"Hypertext in the Attic: the past, present and future of digital writing."Budra, Paul and Burnham, Clint, ed. From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 2012

2012

"Cultural and Social Memory of Migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Ness, Immanuel, ed. London: Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

2011

"Frames of Memory: WWII German Expellees in Canada." Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Creet, Julia and Kitzmann, Andreas. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

'The Page, the Camera and the Network: Media and the Materiality of Memory.' Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publications, 2005.

2005

"Transparency, Standardization and Servitude: the Paradoxes of Friendly Software." Perspectives on Multimedia: Communication, Media and Information Technology. Eds. Burnett, Robert and Brunstrom, Anna, and Nilsson, Anders. New York: J. Wiley, 2004.

2004

Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Modular Journey: Uncovering Analogue Aesthetics in Digital Landscapes.” Co-authored with Claes Thorén. Organized Sound: An International Journal of Music and Technology. April, Volume 22, issue 1.

2022

“Together, apart. Modular Sound Communicities in the age of COVID-19” The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing. Co-authored with Kurt Thumlert, Jason Nolan and Heidi Chan. (Autumn)

2021

“The Hipster’s Dilemma: what is analogue or digital in the post-digital society?” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Forthcoming. Available online as of June 15, 2017. Co-published with Claes Thorén, Mats Edenius, and Jenny Eriksson Lundström.

2017

“Replicants, Imposters and the Real Deal: Issues of non-use and technology resistance in vintage and software instruments.” First Monday. Vol. 20, No. 11, November, 2015.

2015

“Re-Visiting the Web Cam and the Promises and Perils of the Fully Networked Age.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.2 (Spring) 2015.

2015

"The Material Turn: Making Digital Media Real (again). Canadian Journal of Communication. 2005 December, vol. 30, no. 4.

2005

'That Different Place: Documenting the Self Within On-Line Environments.' Biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly 26.1 (Winter 2003): 48-65.

2003

"Pioneer Spirits and the Lure of Technology: Vannevar Bush's Desk, Theodor Nelson's World." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology. 2001 Fall, vol. 9, no. 3.

2001

"Parables of the Network: The Lures and Spils of Global Economics." Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 1998 Autumn, vol. 4, no. 3.

1998


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/CLTR4820 6.0 A Fetish Appeal: Desire and Consumption SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 D Stories in Diverse Media ONLN



Professor Andreas Kitzmann has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. His current project focuses on the revival of analog technologies in the post-digital age with a specific interest in the modular synthesizer as a tool to think about the relationship between technology and creative practice.

Professor Andreas Kitzmann is Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities at York University. He received his PhD in comparative literature from McGill University and has written widely on the impact of communications technology on the construction and practice of identity, electronic communities, modular synthesis and the influence of new media on narrative conventions. Among his publications is Saved from Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams (Peter Lang, 2004) and Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Julia Creet and Andreas Kitzmann. University of Toronto Press.

Degrees

PhD, McGill University
BA, McGill University
BA, Trinity Western University

Appointments

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Culture and Cultural Studies , Arts and Culture, Modular Synthesizers, Sound Studies, Technology and Creativity, Media, Technology and Culture

Awards

  • SSHRC Connections Grant: Patchup - Synthetic Sound and Modular Thought - 2021

Current Research Projects

Designing Sound Futures

    Summary:

    Designing Sound Futures is an interdisciplinary research cluster that seeks to explore sound, inclusive learning, engineering, critical disability studies, and the arts through theoretical and material engagements with modular musical synthesis. Members of the research cluster are drawn from the Faculty of Education, the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, and the departments of Humanities, Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Communications.

    Description:

    Designing Sound Futures will bring York cluster scholars and RAs, artists, electronics engineers, instrument designers, and the disability community into contact with one another through cluster events, materials-centric workshops, and hackathons/buildathons.

    In collectively co-exploring the phenomenon of modular synthesis, our research objectives are centred on:

    1) Exploring cutting-edge materials and interface design, linking innovations in technology and engineering with social innovation in education and the arts;
    2) Developing adapted and new instrument designs and interfaces informed by critical disability studies thinking;
    3) Enriching public and industry discourses and practices surrounding technology, learning, and creativity informed by principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion as outlined in critical race theory;
    4) Developing wide ranging music, creative arts, and STEAM curricula that challenge inequitable and ableist structures in music education.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

    Start Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2023

    End Date:
      Month: Jan   Year: 2026

    Collaborator: Kurt Thumlert
    Collaborator Institution: Faculty of Education
    Collaborator Role: Principle Investigator

    Funders:
    York University CIRC Program
Patch Up: Synthetic Sound and Modular Thought

    Summary:

    I am interested in exploring analogue things in a digital age in order to identify conditions of authenticity, legitimacy and creativity ….. as key drivers of the way we project our identities onto digital and analogue objects and the intimate technologies we own, thus adding to the discourse around digitization of everyday things. This project has two manifestations, the first being a workshop in conjunction with Ryerson University and the second an edited book, under contract with Routledge. The volume is co-edited with Einar Engstrom, Ezra Teboul and Claes Thoren.

    Description:

    Patch Up! is a workshop on musical modular synthesis hosted by York University and the Responsive Ecologies Lab at Ryerson University that brings together scholars, artists, educators, musical instrument designers and engineers to explore modular synthesis and its impact on music and multimedia arts. Through historical, technical, social, aesthetic, pedagogical, artistic and other perspectives, the workshop will open a collective reflection and sharing of knowledge on the powerful connections between technology, creativity, culture and personal agency.

    The goal of the workshop is to explore how the features and practices of modular synthesizers set them apart from other music making objects and systems, and how this specific technology has important implications for rethinking creativity, making and inclusive learning, as well as innovations in artistic communities, educational settings, and sound-based industries. The workshop will provide valuable insights into how individuals and communities project their identities onto the objects and the technologies they own, and the search for meaningful technological and artistic encounters.

    The workshop brings together scholars, artists, engineers, educators and entrepreneurs in order to break down the boundaries that often separate these spheres, thus leading to a collaborative exchange of knowledge as well as new forms of cultural engagement and artistic practice. Our aim is to create a collegial and multi-disciplinary atmosphere based on the mutual exploration of ideas and hands-on engagement through various forms of interaction, discussion and knowledge sharing. Participants will share their insights as to the reasons behind the growing popularity of modular synthesis and the opportunities that this unique technology provides for musical experimentation and non-screen based interaction and creativity.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Principle Investigator, along with Jason Nolan, Kurt Thumlert, Heidi Chan, Einar Engstrom and Claes Thoren.

    Start Date:
      Month: Jun   Year: 2021

    Collaborator: Jason Nolan
    Collaborator Institution: Ryerson University
    Collaborator Role: Co-investigator

    Funders:
    SSHRC

All Publications


Book Chapters

Publication
Year

"Between the Inside and the Outside: Memorial Tattoos and the Externalization of Loss." The Tattoo Project Commemorative Tattoos, Visual Culture, and the Digital Archive. Ed. Deborah Davidson.

2017

“The Machines that Write Us: Social Media and the Evolution of the Autobiographical Subject” A History of English Autobiography, ed. Adam Symth. Cambridge University Press, 2016

2016

"Hypertext in the Attic: the past, present and future of digital writing."Budra, Paul and Burnham, Clint, ed. From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 2012

2012

"Cultural and Social Memory of Migration. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Ness, Immanuel, ed. London: Wiley Blackwell Publishing, 2011.

2011

"Frames of Memory: WWII German Expellees in Canada." Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Eds. Creet, Julia and Kitzmann, Andreas. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

'The Page, the Camera and the Network: Media and the Materiality of Memory.' Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publications, 2005.

2005

"Transparency, Standardization and Servitude: the Paradoxes of Friendly Software." Perspectives on Multimedia: Communication, Media and Information Technology. Eds. Burnett, Robert and Brunstrom, Anna, and Nilsson, Anders. New York: J. Wiley, 2004.

2004

Books

Publication
Year

Memory and Migration: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Memory Studies. Ed. Andreas Kitzmann and Julia Creet. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011.

2011

The Hypertext Handbook: the Straight Story. New York: Peter Lang Publications, 2006.

2006

Saved From Oblivion: Documenting the Daily from Diaries to Web Cams. Digital Formations.New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2004.

2004

Memory Work: The Theory and Practice of Memory. Ed. Andreas Kitzman, Conny Mithander and John Sundholm. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing, 2005.


Journal Articles

Publication
Year

“The Modular Journey: Uncovering Analogue Aesthetics in Digital Landscapes.” Co-authored with Claes Thorén. Organized Sound: An International Journal of Music and Technology. April, Volume 22, issue 1.

2022

“Together, apart. Modular Sound Communicities in the age of COVID-19” The Journal of Music, Health, and Wellbeing. Co-authored with Kurt Thumlert, Jason Nolan and Heidi Chan. (Autumn)

2021

“The Hipster’s Dilemma: what is analogue or digital in the post-digital society?” Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. Forthcoming. Available online as of June 15, 2017. Co-published with Claes Thorén, Mats Edenius, and Jenny Eriksson Lundström.

2017

“Replicants, Imposters and the Real Deal: Issues of non-use and technology resistance in vintage and software instruments.” First Monday. Vol. 20, No. 11, November, 2015.

2015

“Re-Visiting the Web Cam and the Promises and Perils of the Fully Networked Age.” Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly 38.2 (Spring) 2015.

2015

"The Material Turn: Making Digital Media Real (again). Canadian Journal of Communication. 2005 December, vol. 30, no. 4.

2005

'That Different Place: Documenting the Self Within On-Line Environments.' Biography: an Interdisciplinary Quarterly 26.1 (Winter 2003): 48-65.

2003

"Pioneer Spirits and the Lure of Technology: Vannevar Bush's Desk, Theodor Nelson's World." Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology. 2001 Fall, vol. 9, no. 3.

2001

"Parables of the Network: The Lures and Spils of Global Economics." Convergence: The Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. 1998 Autumn, vol. 4, no. 3.

1998


Current Courses

Term Course Number Section Title Type
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/CLTR4820 6.0 A Fetish Appeal: Desire and Consumption SEMR
Fall/Winter 2022 AP/HUMA1780 6.0 D Stories in Diverse Media ONLN