Job Posting: Media Lab Technician
The FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIO / is looking for a part-time Media Lab Technician. The Technician would be available to work two days a week for an initial 2-month period, after which s/he will maintain a one-day a week schedule with the Studio. The Technician would ideally also be available—on a case-by-case basis—for assistance in larger media projects or events organized by the Studio, such tasks being remunerated separately.
The FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIO / provides a critical and creative space for bringing into conversation the aesthetic strategies of experimental art and cinema with the political exigency of ‘quick and dirty media,’ engaging also with feminist scholarship in a research context. Located at Concordia University, in the Communications and Journalism building on Loyola Campus, the Studio shares space with two other labs—Fluxmedia and the Mobile Media Lab—with which the Studio collaborates, both formally and informally. The Studio includes facilities for media production, complex post-production and experimentation with media installations, and a structure for intensive seminars and workshops with visiting scholars, artists and activists. The Studio draws from the history of alternative art spaces, feminist classrooms, and institutional experiments, influenced by current models of the creative “laboratory”, but seeking to question also the manner in which a space’s name frames and limits the manner in which thinking and making are performed.
The ideal candidate will have an active creative practice, and be committed to (and knowledgeable about) feminist art and/or media practices. The Media Lab Technician will be able to contribute to a new and developing Studio environment, and participate in the activities taking place in the Studio.
The Media Lab Technician will be responsible for installation, maintenance, and facilitation of access to the technical resources in the Studio. Specific responsibilities include:
• Advising on equipment purchases, and communicating with equipment vendors and manufacturers to research and prepare for purchasing.
• Collaborating with the Studio Manager and Director to establish and implement procedures for user access to equipment.
• Organizing, installing, and configuring equipment, including assembling of production kits and accessories, post-production stations, and multi-media installation equipment.
• Maintaining equipment, including preparing portable equipment for checkout, and tracking any necessary repairs or purchases of replacement parts. Maintaining written documentation of technical configurations and maintenance requirements. Producing technical how-to documents for users.
• Maintaining computer and network systems, including image backups of Mac OSX systems, security configurations, and all software updates. Advising on data management. Maintaining documentation related to system maintenance.
• Leading training sessions to familiarize users with technical aspects of equipment and facilities.
• Assisting users and providing troubleshooting support for technical operation of Studio equipment.
The ideal candidate will have technical knowledge and experience in the following areas:
• Production equipment including digital video cameras, sound recorders, and lighting.
• Management of Mac OS X computer systems, Adobe CS/CC media editing software, and digital media files
• Post-production hardware, including video and audio I/O, external RAID drive, sound mixer, and large-format scanner.
• Audio-visual installation hardware, including projectors, screens, sound systems, and audio-visual signal distribution.
In addition to the above technical qualifications, the ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree an asset, preferably related to the position’s responsibilities, and 2-3 years related work experience
• Experience providing technical support for media equipment in a multi-user environment such as a laboratory space or alternative art space
• Knowledge of the cultural, institutional, social environment where the FEMINIST MEDIA STUDIO / develops its activity.
• Good spoken and written English. Basic spoken and written French an asset.
For an initial 2-month period, the position will require 16 hours per week during the equipment purchasing period; subsequent to that, the position will entail an ongoing 8 hours per week, plus occasional additional hours for special projects and events.
Commensurate with experience.
How To Apply:
Candidates are required to submit:
– cover letter
– curriculum vitae
– contact information for two professional references
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.