Rita Leistner "Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan"

Book Launch for Rita Leistner's Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan

Rita Leistner 'Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan' Poster
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October 29, 2014

Organizer: Northrop Frye Centre; Victoria College

Prof. Rita Leistner (Associate of Victoria College)

5:30pm with refreshments to follow
Remarks begin at 6:00pm

Alumni Hall (VC 112), Old Vic, 91 Charles Street West

The medium is the message in this playful and philosophical trans-media crossover book about smartphones, language, photography and war. Rita Leistner, who has an MA in comparative literature from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the International Center of Photography in New York, uses the optics of literary criticism to create a bridge between the literary and the photographic, between "writing" and "writing with light" to propose a theory toward understanding this moment in history when smartphones and war first collide. Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan sheds light on old and new technologies, on a failed war and on some of the things that connect us as humans.

Rita Leistner, a professor at Victoria College, is an award-winning artist and photojournalist whose work has been widely published and exhibited. She is co-author of Unembedded: Four Independent Photojournalists on the War in Iraq (2005) and has contributed essays and photographs to many other notable books including Julian Stallabrass's Memories of Fire: Images of War and the War of Images (2013), Michael Kamber's Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq (2013) and The Edward Curtis Project: A Modern Picture Story co-created with Marie Clements. The initial photography for Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan was made when Leistner was embedded with the U.S. Marines in Afghanistan in 2011 as a team member of the social media experiment known as “Basetrack.”

For more details on Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan, visit: http://www.lookingformarshallmcluhan.com/