interdisciplinary research studio-lab

Research Director

Chris Salter, Ph.D.

Chris Salter is an artist, Concordia University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses, Co-Director of the Hexagram network, Director of the Hexagram Concordia Centre for Research and Creation in Media Art and Technology, Associate Director, Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and Professor, Computation Arts in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal.

Living and working in both Montreal and Berlin, Salter’s work explores the borders between the senses, art, design and new technologies through large-scale installations as well as books, critical writings and lectures on the international scene. His immersive and physically experiential works are informed by theater, architecture, visual art, computer music, perceptual psychology, cultural theory and engineering and are developed in collaboration with anthropologists, historians, philosophers, engineers, artists and designers.

Salter studied economics and philosophy at Emory University and received his PhD in theater directing and dramatic criticism where he also researched and worked at CCRMA. In the 1990s he collaborated in London, Frankfurt, Salzburg and Paris with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe/Frankfurt Ballet. In 1996, he co-founded the art and research organization Sponge.

His work has been seen at major international exhibitions and festivals all over the world such as the Venice Biennale (architecture), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Berliner Festspiele/Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin), Musée d’art Contemporain (Montreal), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Muffathalle (Munich), Vitra Design Museum (Basel), HAU3 (Berlin), BIAN 2014 (Montreal), LABoral (Gijon), Lille 3000 (Lille), CTM Berlin (Berlin), National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Ars Electronica (Linz), Villette Numerique (Paris), Todays Art (The Hague), EXIT Festival (Maison des Arts, Creteil-Paris), among many others.

Salter’s projects have been covered in the New York Times, Sueddeutschezeitung, NPR-Berlin, We Make Money Not Art, Frieze, The Guardian, The Wire, Leonardo, and the Creator’s Project, among others. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, has given over 100 invited talks at universities and festivals worldwide and has sat on numerous juries including NIME, ISEA and the Prix Ars Electronica.

He is the author of Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010) and Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015). He is currently working on a book focused on how we make sense in an age of sensors, algorithms and quantification.

Salter’s projects have been written about most recently in the New York Times, ID Magazine and Leonardo magazine and received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, the Creative Work Fund/San Francisco, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, FQRSC and the LEF Foundation, among others. He has given invited talks at such venues as the Banff Center for the Arts, Ars Electronica, Deutsches Architektur Museum, HKW Berlin, ZKM, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, Queens College/CUNY, Deutsches Architektur Museum, Brown University, Stanford University, Goldsmiths College, Elektra festival, Amherst College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Transmediale, HfG Karlsruhe, Concordia University, Subtle Technologies-Toronto, SLS-Paris, NIME 03-Montréal, UdK-Berlin and e-Culture, Amsterdam, among many others. He has sat on numerous juries including NIME, ISEA and the Prix Ars Electronica.