Treva Michelle Legassie is an interdisciplinary researcher, curator, artist, lecturer, and a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Legassie’s doctoral research investigates the impacts of artistic interventions on indeterminate landscapes that hold great ecological and cultural value but are seen by some as disposable. She suggests that curatorial interventions on such sites may allow for the revitalization and rehabilitation of indeterminate landscapes or ‘dead zones’. Engaging in curatorial practice as research-creation, her dissertation explores the potential of emplaced arts to activate public spaces on the fringes.
Legassie is one of the co-founders of the Curatorial Research-Creation Collective at Milieux and Assistant Director of the Speculative Life Cluster, and a researcher at the Ethnography Lab in the Waterways group. Her writing has been published in The Video Game Art Reader, RACAR, De Gruyter Open Cultural Studies, Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research, PUBLIC Journal, The Senses & Society, JAWS and AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. She has also curated new media based exhibitions such as Femynynytees (2018), #NATURE (2016) and Influenc(Ed.) Machines and co-ordinated Cheryl Sim’s YMX: Land and Loss after Mirabel.