Contemporary Art, Canadian Art History, Curatorial Studies
BFA (NSCAD), MA, PhD (Concordia)
Jennifer Fisher is an art historian, critic and curator specializing in contemporary art and cultural studies. Her research focuses on display practices and the aesthetics of the non-visual senses. In 2012 she co-founded the Journal of Curatorial Studies, where she is editor, publishing three issues a year. She also co-edited a special issue of Senses and Society on “Sensory Aesthetics” (2012) and Public on “Civic Spectacle” (2012). Her writings have been featured in anthologies such as The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Culture (2013), The Senses in Performance (2006) and Caught in the Act (2005), and journals such as Art Journal, Border/Lines, C magazine, n-paradoxa and Visual Communication. She is the editor of the anthology Technologies of Intuition (2006).
Dr. Fisher is a founding member of DisplayCult, a collaborative framework for interdisciplinary studies in the visual arts, which seeks to creatively merge disciplines, media and communities in order to propose generative prototypes for display and aesthetic engagement. Exhibitions include NIGHTSENSE (2009), MetroSonics (2009), Odor Limits (2008), Do Me! (2006), Linda Montano: 14 Years of Living Art (2003), Museopathy (2001), Vital Signs (2000) and CounterPoses (1998), among others. DisplayCult’s collaborative publications include the catalogues CounterPoses (2002) and Museopathy (2002), as well as essays in Trespassers & Captives (2000), Image and Inscription (2005), and Dispersions: Aernout Mik (2005). www.displaycult.com
Professor Fisher was Contemporary Art Fellow at the Canadian Centre for the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Canada, and has held research affiliations at the Society for Fellows in the Humanities at Cornell University and the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She joined York University’s Visual Arts Department in 2004.