Alison Reiko Loader applies her interests in old media technology and scientific visual culture to making short animated films and manipulated moving image installations. A lapsed National Film Board of Canada filmmaker that specializes in 3d and digital animation, Loader reimag(in)es connections between old media apparatuses, representation and spectatorship by applying research-creation and feminist theories to media archaeology. Fascinated by optical technologies and the liveliness of the nonhuman, her doctoral research (PhD Communication Studies) explores the nineteenth-century founding of the Edinburgh Camera Obscura by a mysterious woman named Maria Short. Loader has taught in the Concordia University Faculty of Fine Arts since 2001 and is funded primarily through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).