Public Lecture

Donnerstag, 11. Juni 2015
14:00 - 15:30 Uhr
Ort: Expositur PSK, Georg-Coch-Platz 2/1. OG, 1010 Wien

CHRIS SALTER (Artist and researcher Montreal, Canada)


Art, anthropology, the senses, and technology? Could there be a serious collaboration between these practices? This talk highlights a range of research-creation projects between 2010-2015 (JND, Atmosphere, Displace and Ilinx as well as to several new projects currently in development that seek to merge haptic, visual, acoustic and other phenomena) in collaboration with anthropologists, cultural historians of the senses, engineers and artists that explore new links between sensory anthropology and media art, design and technology. The “anthropology of the senses” advocates a cultural approach to the study of the senses and a sensory approach to the study of culture. In keeping with this convergence, in my own efforts to cross-over and integrate sensory anthropology and new media arts we have been developing research programs that seek to open up a space “between art and anthropology” (Schneider and Wright 2013).

Chris Salter is an artist, University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses at Concordia University and Co-Director of the Hexagram network for Research-Creation in Media Arts, Design, Technology and Digital Culture, in Montreal. He studied philosophy and economics at Emory University and completed a PhD in directing and dramatic criticism at Stanford University where he also researched and studied at CCMRA. He collaborated with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe and the Frankfurt Ballet. His work has been seen all over the world at such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale, Vitra Design Museum, HAU-Berlin, BIAN 2014 (Montreal), LABoral, Lille 3000, CTM Berlin, National Art Museum of China, Ars Electronica, Villette Numerique, Todays Art, Mois Multi, Transmediale, EXIT Festival (Maison des Arts, Creteil-Paris) among many others. 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 new collaborative book project for the MIT Press focused on the contemporary interconnections between art, theory and research.

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