Joseph Medaglia

Associate Professor

BFA York University

MA Communication and Culture, Ryerson University

Phone: 416-979-5000

Ex. 7068


KHS 159 B


I am an artist, scholar and filmmaker. My creative work integrates a research-led approach and examines LGBTQ topics in relation to popular culture, media representation, the body, identity and gender. My artistic practices vary and include experimental video, interactive media, robotics, costume, textiles and embroidery. I teach courses in studio practice, film and popular culture, visual communication design and interactive media.

Recent Professional Projects

Queer Craft: An Exploration of Sexuality, the Body, and the Handmade. This research-creation project explores the conceptual relationship between craft and 'queerness' through textile-based artwork and experimental video.

Queer Remnants; Appropriating Love. This research-creation project engages the dynamic between the cultural construction of love, represented by popular love songs, and the relationship to queer embodied subjectivity. The project involves robotics, embroidery, textiles and experimental video.

Out-in sight: Visibility, Otherness and Coming-of-Age in The Chrysalids. This project takes moments of the discovery of Otherness from The Chrysalids as structural parameters for experimental image-making.

Publications & Exhibitions

The Body of Others (experimental video and essay). Technoculture: An Online Journal of Technology in Society, Volume 4.0, 2014.

Public Exhibitions & Film Screenings:
The body of Others (experimental video). The Sex Offensive: Emancipating Gender, Juried Exhibition, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, 2014.
The body of Others (experimental video). MIX26 NYC; New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York, 2013.
The body of Others (experimental video). International Streaming Festival of Video & Audio Art, 2013.
The body of Others (experimental video). TWISTED Juried Exhibition, Project Gallery, Toronto, 2013.
Dislocation (installation including performance, experimental video and interaction). Presented at Nuit Blanche Contemporary Art Festival, Toronto, 2008.

Curated Exhibitions:
To See & Be Seen: T-Shirts from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, 2014.
RE:FORM: Becoming Visible (experimental video). InTensions Journal, Issue 3.0, published by Fine Arts Cultural Studies at York University, Fall 2009.

Previous MRPs Supervised

"Beyond Lipstick: Expressions of Queer Femme Identity in Dress and New Media" by Connie Laalo, 2012

"On the Fragmentation of Canadian Fashion: Marketing in a Global Economy" by Regan Beckett. 2012.

"Phoenix: Rebirth and the Fashion Image" by Chloe Wilson, 2013.

"Fashion 2.0: The Uses and Gratifications of Fashion Blogs" by Sasha Johnson. 2013.

"Fashion and Function: Challenging Gender through Footwear Design" by Zent Keymole. 2014.

"Screen Stars as Style Icons: An Examination of Audrey Hepburn and Sarah Jessica Parker" by Darina Granik. 2015

Program Streams: 

Fashion Communication

MA Fashion