Faculty & Staff


Alex Ingersoll

Associate Professor - Media Studies 
CAC 309
715-346-4136
 
  

Focus

  • B.A. Degree: University of Iowa
         -Media Studies; Cinematic Arts
  • M.A. Degree: University of Colorado at Boulder
         -Media Studies
  • Ph.D. Degree: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
         -Media and Technology Studies
  • Ph.D. Dissertation: The Shadow Space of Allegorical Machines: Situating Locative Media

 Courses Taught

  • COMM 106: Foundations of Media Theory, History, & Criticism
  • COMM 253: Video Production I
  • COMM 356: Video Production II (Workshop)
    • Advanced Cinematography
    • Animaton
    • Broadcast Journalism - News Team
    • Motion Graphics 
  • COMM 357/557: Media and Popular Culture
  • COMM 359/559: Topics in Media
    • Algorithmic Cultures
    • Network Media Practice and Mobile Culture
  • COMM 390/590: Intro to Game Theory, History, and Design
  • COMM 720: Media Archaeology
  • COMM 790: Technology

​About

Dr. Alex Ingersoll received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on media and technology studies with a focus on technologies of spatial representation, orientation, and memory. As a critical maker working with film, video, photography, audio, drawing, and animation, he is interested in exploring the complexities of place, memory, and media as a way to pose a series of problems regarding the aesthetic and sonic environments of our social imaginations of space. He combines experimental and documentary approaches to the moving image as a way to consider the mechanics of looking, listening, and remembering, which often include undefined edges and features. His work has been featured in venues and festivals in the U.S. and abroad, including the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Currents International New Media Festival in Santa Fe, the Strange Beauty Film Festival in Durham N.C., and the Alchemy Film Festival in Hawick, Scotland.

​​Creative and Research Interests

  • Experimental, Nonfiction, and Animation Production
  • Critical/Cultural Studies and Medium Theory
  • Media Archaeology and Histories of Technology
  • Materiality and Infrastructure
  • Digital Culture and Mobility Studies

​Selected Juried Exhibitions And Screenings:

2019 Silver Award Winner for excellence in experimental filmmaking, 73rd University Film and Video Association Conference  

2019, 9th Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland 
2019, Revolutions Per Minute Festival, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA 
2018, Le Recontres Traverse Vidéo, Installation at the Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, France 
2017, Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, Québec City, Québec, Canada 
2017, Coop Gallery and Elephant Gallery, Experimental Film & Video Festival, Nashville, TN (Audience Award
2017, L'Oeil d'Oodaaq 7: Images Nomades et Poétiques, Tour of Rennes, Nantes, & Saint-Malo, France (Published on Oodaaq Selection 2017 DVD and toured Russia, Spain, and France) 
2016, Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, Milwaukee, WI 
2016, 7th Screengrab International Media Arts Award, Pinnacles Gallery, Townsville, Queensland, Australia 
2015, Strange Beauty Film Festival, Durham, N.C. 
2015, 'Secret Places' Contemporary Video Art Festival, Museum Romeinse Katakomben, Valkenburg, Netherlands  
2015, Currents: 6th Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM  
2014, 4th Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland, U.K.

Selected Research and Presentations

Ingersoll, Alex M., “A Constellation of Alternative Screens: Spectral Microcinema and the Reassembly of an Arts Ecosystem,” on the Engaging Cinema Audiences in the Twenty-First Century Panel, 70th University Film and Video Association, The University of Nevada Las Vegas, Henderson, NV, August 1, 2016.

Ingersoll, Alex M., “Divining the Network With the Forked Twig: An Archaeological Approach to Locative Media,” Amodern: Network Archaeology, 2 (2013).

 
Ingersoll, Alex M., “Rethink Possible: On the Desires and Imaginations of Locative Media,” Critical and Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association 98th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, November 17, 2012.
 
Ingersoll, Alex M., “On Allegorical Machines: Framing a Historical Constellation of Locative Media,” Local and Mobile: Linking Mobilities, Mobile Communication, and Locative Media, 3rd Joint International Conference of the Pan-American Mobilities Network and the Cosmobilities Network, Raleigh, NC, March 16, 2012.
 
Ingersoll, Alex M., “From Narcissus to the Labyrinth: Dis/Orientation Technologies for the Mazeophobic Anxiety,” Critical and Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association 97th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 17, 2011.
 
Ingersoll, Alex M., “The Shadow of the Tourist and the Lines of Desire in the Digital City,” on the “Tourist Spaces” panel, Cultures of Movement: Mobile Subjects, Communities, and Technologies in the Americas Conference, Victoria, British Columbia, April 9, 2010.
 
Ingersoll, Alex M., “Mapping Body Traces: Info-Aesthetics, SENSEable City Lab, and the Power of the Autopoietic Public Body,” on the “New Voices in Cultural Studies” panel, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, National Communication Association 95th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, November 13, 2009. (Top 4 Student Paper in Division).