Sofian Audry becomes co-director of the network, taking over from Jean Dubois.
On June 1st, 2021, Sofian Audry (Professor at the École des médias – UQAM) took over from Jean Dubois (Professor at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques – UQAM) as co-director of Hexagram, thus joining Christopher Salter, Professor in Design and Computation Arts and co-director of the network for Concordia University in this important governance role.
Sofian Audry is an artist and teaches interactive media at UQAM. After receiving an interdisciplinary PhD in Humanities (Faculty of Fine Arts) from Concordia University (2016), from 2017 to 2019 Audry was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and then Assistant Professor at the University of Maine and Clarkson University (USA). Audry is also an honorary member of the artists center Perte de Signal, where they served as president from 2009 to 2017. Their work and research has been featured in major events and exhibition venues worldwide. Their engagement with the network dates back to their doctoral studies; During their tenure at the University of Maine, Audry was a member collaborator of Hexagram, and became a co-investigator member since joining UQAM in 2020.
Audry takes over from Jean Dubois, whose term as co-director began in 2017. On June 1, the Hexagram Board of Directors commended Jean Dubois’ forward-looking and audacious management of the network, particularly in 2019-2020 as the network prepared for and transitioned into a new 6-year cycle at UQAM. Hardworking, genuine, and always solution-oriented, Jean Dubois has demonstrated an unyielding commitment to the advancement of research-creation in the Quebec and international research landscape and communities of practice. The very favourable evaluations our strategic network received from the Fonds de recherche du Québec, and the extensive programming carried out by the team and the members during his mandate, testify to this great success. Jean Dubois hands over to the new co-director a consolidated organizational structure, aimed at promoting interdisciplinary collaborations, more inclusive research-creation and governance practices, particularly for the promotion of emerging talent.
We are therefore very privileged to have worked with Jean and we express a heartfelt THANK YOU for what he has created and contributed to Hexagram as co-director. We wish him a very productive sabbatical year of research and creation. Jean remains actively involved in the network as a co-investigator and member of the executive committee.
Prior to Jean’s departure, the co-directors proposed Angélique Willkie (Professor in the Department of Dance and co-director of the Performing Arts Research Cluster – LePARC / Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture & Technology, Concordia University) to become a network co-investigator. This was unanimously accepted at the general meeting of Hexagram co-Investigator members on May 12, 2021. Hexagram now totals 46 co-investigator members. We therefore take this opportunity to welcome Angélique Willkie to our network.
Photo credit : Myriam Baril-Tessier.