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Philippe Bédard

2020-22 FRQSC Postdoctoral Researcher

Degrees:PhD (Université de Montréal)
Email:PhilippeBedard@cunet.carleton.ca
Office:476 St. Patrick’s Building
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Philippe Bédard recently completed a doctorate in film studies at Université de Montréal, where he wrote a dissertation on the body-camera-space relations of select camera movement technologies throughout film history. His research interests include film technology and aesthetics, phenomenology, Virtual Reality, virtual production, GoPro cameras, camera movement and screendance. Along with Alanna Thain and Carl Therrien, he is the co-editor of an upcoming edited collection titled States of Immersion: Bodies, Media Technologies.

In the context of his postdoctoral project in the department of Film Studies, Bédard focuses on the notion of empathy in virtual reality (VR). Working under the supervision of Aubrey Anable, his research project aims to redeem the idea that virtual reality might be an “empathy machine” by rethinking both the notion of empathy itself and the ways contemporary VR experiences have attempted to foster it.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Le cinéma sans caméra? : Repenser les usages de la ‘caméra’ à l’ère du cinéma virtuel.” Écrans 10, n° 3 (2020). https://classiques-garnier.com/index.php/ecrans-2020-1-n-13-techniques-et-machines-de-cinema-objets-gestes-discours-le-cinema-sans-camera.html

“L’espace exo-centrique au cinéma.” Écranosphère (2020). http://www.ecranosphere.ca/articles/2020/pdf/2020-Exocentrique.pdf

“La machine subjective ? Les appropriations cinématographiques des dispositifs immersifs contemporains.” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 28, n° 1 (Spring 2019): 66-92. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjfs.28.1.2019-0012.

“The Protean Camera.” Synoptique 5, n° 2 (Winter 2017): 15-36. https://synoptiqueblog.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/3-philippe-becc81dard-the-protean-camera.pdf

“Disembodied Perspective: Third-Person Images in GoPro Videos.” Alphaville 9 (Summer 2015). http://alphavillejournal.com/Issue9/HTML/ArticleBedard.html

Book Chapters:

Going Beyond the Human Perspective: GoPro Cameras and (Non-)Anthropocentric Ways of Seeing.” In Versatile Camcorders: Looking at the GoPro Movement, edited by Winfried Gerling and Florian Krautkrämer, 45-61. Berlin: Kadmos. 2020.

In Press

“Virtual Production and the Transformation of Cameras Mechanical, Virtual and Actual.” Animation: An interdisciplinary journal 17, n° 1 (Spring 2022).

“The Many Births of Virtual Reality: Genealogies of Contemporary VR.” In The Intermediality of the Screen: Mediation, Performance, Immersion, edited by Ian Robinson and Shana MacDonald.

Dronier, Charlotte, and Philippe Bédard. 2021. “Faire corps avec la caméra: Expérimentations esthétiques et phénoménologie alternative du mouvement chorégraphique.” In Un cinéma en mouvement: Portabilité des appareils et formes filmiques, edited by Richard Bégin, Thomas Carrier-Lafleur, Gilles Mouëllic, Benoît Turquety, and Caroline Zéau. Montréal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal.