Andi Gilker

PhD Student

Working Dissertation


“Sounding Silence”: Considering Crip Time, Experimental Sonic Affect, & Altered Sound States After John Cage


Scott Richmond


Andi Gilker is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the Cinema Studies Institute of the University of Toronto. Her dissertation project aims to analyze altered states through the prism of affect theory, experimental sound, and critical disability studies. Her doctoral research also highlights how institutional critique is crucial to marginalized practitioners of the experimental avant-garde. Andi’s other research interests include psychedelic cinema, addiction and trauma studies, mental health issues, and the trajectories of nightlife and underground subcultures.

Andi is neurodivergent and is happy to share resources on neurodiversity in academia. Additionally, she is a practicing visual artist and amateur filmmaker. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts at Concordia University in Montréal, followed by a summer painting residency at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her artwork encompasses motifs germane to her doctoral research, including excavations of trauma, mourning, and other charged subjectivities.

Published Work

“Stephen Lee Naish. Screen Captures: Film in the Age of EmergencyUniversity of Toronto Quarterly, vol. 92, no. 3, 2023. Book Review. (forthcoming)


MA, McGill University
BA, McGill University
BFA, Concordia University