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

Project Lead:

Dr. Frédérik Lesage is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He completed his PhD research at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2009 on the topic of art/science research in the field of high performance computing, examining how artists and scientists collaborate to develop digital platforms. Prior to his appointment at SFU, Frédérik taught at King’s College London, the LSE, and the University of Cambridge.

His research work consists of critical examinations of the intersections and disjunctions between cultures of production and digital media. The two different yet parallel research agendas advanced through this work are: 1) investigating the imaginaries and the materials of digital culture and how they enhance and constrain social worlds of cultural production; 2) the emerging areas of digital and inventive research methods. As social scientists, our own practices for producing social scientific research are currently undergoing a deep and significant transformation. Undoubtedly digital media play an important role in this transformation.

For more information about Frédérik’s work, please consult:


Research Gate:

Twitter: @frederiklesage

LinkedIn: Frederik Lesage

CURRENT & Former Project Researchers:

Nicole Stewart

Nicole Stewart is a PhD Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She has significant experience in professional communication. Her research interests include technology, domestication, digital media, children’s studies, and digital literacy. Nicole has been instrumental in the development and execution of the Mitacs-funded Searching for Tasks research project.

Gwénaëlle André

Gwénaëlle Andre is a Research Assistant in the School of Communication and in the Faculty of Education at SFU. She completed her M.A of the technologies of Education in France on the topic: “Teenagers and digital: How Sociable are they?” examining how teenagers use digital to create and share in the purpose of building their own personalities. Her current research interest is in the cross of educational theories and the beginning of personal computing.

Artemisa Bega

Artemisa is a graduate student in the Double Degree MA in Global Communication at SFU. She holds a bachelor degree in Communication Design from the Politecnico di Milano with a focus on graphic design, video and photography. Her previous experiences are related to art and graphic design as well as automotive design and journalism. Her current research interest is in the social and communication practices concerned with the management of natural resources and the protection of the biodiversity.

Marianela Ramos Capelo

Marianela is a student in the SFU School of Communication. She has held two undergraduate Research Fellowships, one of which focused on conducting a virtual ethnography of Swift, Apple’s programming language, under the direction of Dr. Frédérik Lesage.

Before attending SFU, Marianela studied graphic design. She helped develop the graphic side of .

Alberto Lusoli

Alberto Lusoli is a PhD student in the School of Communication at SFU. His interests focus on technology, work practices and organizations. His approach is inspired by technological constructivism and Actor-Network Theory. He is currently researching on the interplay between organizations, labour and technology within startup companies.

Felix Lo

Felix holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from M.I.T. He worked as a software engineer in technology research institute for 10+ years before joining the Communications Department at SFU, where he completed his MA program under Andrew Feenberg. He is currently a PhD Candidate under Frederik Lesage. His research interest is in studying the sociality and technicity of computer software based on the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon and of the Frankfurt School.

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