Chronicling the vernacular and the middlebrow in post-digital culture.

Middlebroware is a research project initiated by Dr. Frederik Lesage, an associate professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Digital media and creative practice are now inextricably entwined with the contemporary collective imagination. The goal of this project is to better understand this imagination and how it manifests itself as a new material and symbolic order. Specifically, we investigate how the design, marketisation, and use of digital tools — from Photoshop to PowerPoint, from Unity to the Google search engine — reify creativity.
Nov 5, 2021
Frederik Lesage

One of the questions that I am frequently asked when I mention to people that my research focusses on the intersection between digital culture and cultural production is what I think about the recent trend of NFTs — non-fungible tokens.

Apr 9, 2021
Frederik Lesage
Imaginative methods

This is a paper presented for SFU's Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies (INS) Interdisciplinary Methodologies Workshop on November 2019.

Jan 7, 2021
Frederik Lesage

Nicole Stewart and I recently had the opportunity to present at AoIR 2020 on some of the work we completed as part of the Searching for Tasks. Although the format was a bit constraining, it was an excellent opportunity to highlight some of the amazing work produced by Song Tang who has been working with us as a visualization expert and graphic artists. You can find more of his work on his website here:

the latest:

The Photoshop Inscriptions Project ( has just been featured by SFU's Digital Humanities Lab as part of Day of Digital Humanities 2020 #dayofdh2020.