N@N – Jean-René Leblanc: The Latest Research on Digital Storytelling 

N@N – Jean-René Leblanc: The Latest Research on Digital Storytelling 

April 6, 2023 12:00 pm

Event Details

Join Dr Jean-René Leblanc as he explores augmented reality as a form of digital storytelling, set against the backdrop of a road trip to abandoned gas stations. The presentation will include a brief survey of the history of gas stations, their design, their proliferation, decline and abandonment.

Dr Leblanc will also share an in-depth look at the defining factors of augmented reality through examples of past and current research-creation projects funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

His collaborative research-creation explores the use of Speculative Design, Augmented Reality (AR) mobile phone technology, and photogrammetry (the science of making measurements from photographs) to investigate notions of displacement, abandonment, and creative reclamation.


Jean-René Leblanc is Associate Professor of digital arts in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Calgary (since 2006), and was board president of Emmedia Gallery and Production Society in Calgary from 2013-2021.

Jean-Rene has served as an adjudicator for multiple granting agencies (Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Quebec Research Funds. His artworks have been presented in exhibitions in Canada, The United States of America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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