Exploring the limits of knowing: Technoscientifically motivated art

with Chris Salter




Chris Salter is an artist, Concordia University Research Chair in New Media and the Senses, Co-Director of the Hexagram Network and of the Milieux Institute, and Associate Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. His performances, installations, research and publications have been presented at festivals, exhibitions, and conferences around the world. He moves between high profile cultural venues internationally (and particularly in Europe such as the Venice Biennale, the Berliner Festspiele, and Parc de la Villette in Paris), high profile scholarship, and a range of academic disciplines that bridge Science and Technology Studies, Anthropology of the Senses, Computational Arts and Design, and Techno-cultural studies.

It is not an overstatement to say that there is a pre-Chris life and an after-Chris life for me. Chris has blown my mind, academically and otherwise. Suffice to say, the first time I've ever heard the word "Technoculture" in my life, it was from him! It was a given for him, so he threw it in the flow of the conversation seamlessly, but it stuck with me immediately. An imaginary light-bulb went on over my head: Technoculture! That's it! And the rest is history ;)
Since meeting him, my entire research work has steered in an interesting new direction, and I owe him so much. I hope, in this interview, to have been able to let some interesting aspects of his personality and his work come through. I strongly encourage you to check out more of his work on his website (http://www.chrissalter.com), he has interesting lectures on YouTube, and of course you can read his books!

Among other works, he is the author of the following outstanding publications:
- "Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance" (MIT Press, 2010)
- "Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making" (MIT Press, 2015)



Above: VICE DU JOUR / S1 EP1236 (August 25, 2017)
Below: unofficial recording made on the same day.



Picture at the bottom of the page: Haptic Field, 2016, installation view Chronus Art Center, Shanghai.
Source: https://frieze.com/article/critics-guide-shanghai