Collaborator members

Researchers collaborating with regular Hexagram members

This category includes adjunct professors, faculty members from partner and non-partner universities who are primarily affiliated with another Centre, and technical and research associates/assistants, practician from the private sector or an industry partner that are currently collaborating with one or more regular members and, person working in non-university environments, private or industrial sectors.

Collaborator members have access to Hexagram equipment and infrastructures as part of their collaboration with a regular member. Collaborator members are not eligible for Hexagram funding and cannot sponsor student members.

To apply for Collaborator Membership, individuals must be recommended by a regular member with whom they share an active project. This regular member will send a letter of recommandation and will also include a second letter of recommandation from another regular member, plus the candidate’s complete curriculum vitae.

The ratification of nominations for new Collaborator members, as well as renewals of membership, is the prerogative of Hexagram’s executive committee. Executive committee rmeets every six weeks and reviews applications. Membership is for three years and is renewable.

  • Local Collaborators

    Sofian Audry | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Sofian Audry est artiste, chercheur, Professeur en médias interactifs à l'École des médias de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM). Son travail s'inspire de l'art visuel, de l'intelligence artificielle, de la vie artificielle, de la biologie et des sciences cognitives. Ses œuvres computationnelle se déploient à travers de multiples média tels la robotique, les installations interactives, les environnements immersifs, les interventions dans l'espace public, l'art web et la littérature électronique.


    Joanna Berzowska | Université Concordia

    Joanna Berzowska is the founder and research director of XS Labs, a design research studio with a focus on innovation in the fields of electronic textiles and reactive garments that can enable computationally-mediated interactions with the environment and the individual. A core component of her research involves the development of enabling methods, materials, and technologies - in the form of soft electronic circuits and composite fibers - as well as the exploration of the expressive potential of soft reactive structures


    Michel Boulanger | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Biographie à venir.


    Jean-Claude Bustros | Université Concordia

    Jean-Claude Bustros has created several short film pieces that have established him as one of the key figures in contemporary experimental cinema in Canada. His work has been screened internationally and was showcased in the landmark exhibition "Les Cinémas du Canada" at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He was one of the founders of Dazibao photo gallery in Montréal and the creator of the massive Pierre et Lumière photography exhibition, hosted by the Palais de la Civilisation in Montréal as part of the 350th anniversary celebrations of the city.


    Gwenaël Bélanger | Université du Québec à Montréal

    L’observation attentive et critique de ce qui fait image dans notre quotidien est le point de départ de tous mes projets. Ma démarche se caractérise avant tout par une attitude « de bricoleur » qui consiste à jouer avec les limites de la perception que nous avons du réel et de ses zones grises à travers des procédés graphiques et photographiques.


    Stéphane Claude | Oboro

    Stéphane Claude is an electronic_acoustic composer and sound engineer. His research is based on integrating a conceptual and physiological framework of audio recording and sound installation for different diffusion contexts in the electronic arts. His interests gravitate around the communication of a formal aesthetic, of a transductive experience of the electronic medium, an exploration of digital signal processing, the parameters of acoustic and sound in spaces. His work has been published by ATAK(JP), LINE, DRAGON’S EYE RECORDINGS (US), ORAL (CA), among others.


    Thomas Corriveau | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Les recherches picturales de Thomas Corriveau portent en grande partie sur la constitution d’images par multiplication d’éléments semblables, que ce soit dans des œuvres en dessin, peinture ou des animations projetées en boucle. Il s’intéresse à leur mise en espace et participe à des projets de spectacles multidisciplinaires alliant le dessin animé à la danse ou au théâtre. Explorant les multiples possibilités de la représentation de la figure humaine, il déconstruit l’image, multiplie les points de vue et bouscule nos habitudes perceptuelles, inscrivant la vision comme une activité liée à la temporalité et au mouvement.


    Tagny Duff | Université Concordia

    My background is in media art with a focus on video, performance, biological art, net art, social sculpture and installation. My research/creation interests focus on visual culture, viral media, interdisciplinarity, art/sci production and collaboration, post-studio art practice, and the relation between art, science and technology. Topics of interest include surveillance and biopolitics; queer(ing) culture and temporality; posthumanisms and changing perceptions of bodies; waste creation and ecology; scale, duration and spacetime; performance, liveness and documentation.


    Jean Décarie | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Biographie à venir.


    Ying Gao | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Designer de mode et professeure à l'Université du Québec à Montréal, Ying Gao s'est distinguée par la réalisation de nombreux projets de création présentés lors de six expositions individuelles en France, en Suisse et au Canada, ainsi que dans le cadre de quatre-vingts expositions collectives à travers le monde (MAK Vienna, MFA Boston, Ars Electronica …). Son travail de création multiple a été relayé par une couverture médiatique internationale : Time, Vogue, The New York Times, Dazed and Confused, Interni, ARTE. Ying Gao compte parmi les «Fab 40: Canada» sélectionnés par le magazine Wallpaper.


    WhiteFeather Hunter | Université Concordia

    Montréalaise d’adoption, la Canadienne WhiteFeather Hunter a plusieurs cordes à son arc: artiste, chercheuse, enseignante, consultante et écrivaine. Depuis quinze ans, elle s’adonne professionnellement au bioart. Fondée sur l’artisanat, sa pratique s’appuie de fait sur l’analyse matérielle du potentiel artistique, fonctionnel et technologique des matières corporelles.


    Thomas Mark Lamarre | Université McGill

    Thomas Lamarre's research centers on the history of media, thought, and material culture. He has written on communication networks in 9th century Japan (Uncovering Heian Japan); silent cinema and the global imaginary (Shadows on the Screen 2005); animation technologies (The Anime Machine, 2009) and infrastructure ecologies (The Anime Ecology, forthcoming 2018). He is co-editor with Takayuki Tatsumi of a book series with the University of Minnesota Press entitled “Parallel Futures,” which centers on Japanese Speculative fiction.


    Barbara Layne | Université Concordia

    Barbara Layne is the Director of Studio subTela at the Hexagram Institute of Research and Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. She works with a team of graduate students from Visual Arts and Engineering to develop intelligent cloth structures for the creation of artistic, performative and functional textiles. Incorporating natural materials, microcomputers, sensors and wireless transmission systems, her team produces surfaces that support real time communication and are receptive and responsive to external stimuli.


    Jonathan Lessard | Université Concordia

    Jonathan is designer, historian and theoretician of games. Indie developer as Absurdus since 2000, he completed a PhD on adventure games in 2013. He is currently exploring two main research avenues: the design of playful natural language conversations and identifying patterns in the formal evolution of games.


    Krista Lynes | Université Concordia

    Lynes examines the role contemporary art, experimental and documentary media, and social movement media play in mediating social life under conditions of political struggle, violence or precarity. She has analyzed media interventions in times of war, occupation and crisis, as well as conditions of systematic disenfranchisement and vulnerability in contexts around the world. Her focus on the politics of visibility engages feminist and queer theories, affect theory, social movement and social justice studies, postcolonial and transnational examinations of culture, and questions of witnessing, spectatorship and encounter.


    Mathieu Marcotte | Element AI

    À venir


    Brian Massumi | Université de Montréal

    Mes recherches comportent deux axes principaux, guidés par une approche philosophique commune. D'une part, j'examine les dimensions esthétiques des enjeux communicationnels contemporains. Ces recherches concernent en particulier les nouveaux modes d'expression et modalités d'expérience, individuelles et collectives, rendues possibles par les nouveaux médias, telle que révélées par les pratiques innovatrices en art numérique et interactif. D'autre part, j'étudie les théories contemporaines du pouvoir dans le contexte de la mondialisation du capitalisme.


    Katja Melzer | Goethe-Institut Montréal

    Katja Melzer est commissaire et organisatrice culturelle munie d’un intérêt pour les nouveaux média et les collaborations artistiques. Suite à l’obtention d’une maîtrise en histoire de l’art, études commerciales et études culturelles à l’Université Humboldt de Berlin en Allemagne, Katja a travaillé au Ludwig Museum for Contemporary Art à Budapest, la Fondation allemande Robert Bosch Stiftung à Pécs en Hongrie et en tant que commissaire indépendante avant de déménager au Canada en 2012.


    Armando Menicacci

    After sudies in dance and piano I obtained a degree in Music History and a PhD in dance and computer science. I've been teaching and doing research for ten years in Paris 8 University and five in Ecole Media Art in France. I create interactive installations, choreographic and theatrical works with several artists. I was associated artist in the National Theater "Le Manège" in Reims (France) between 2011 and 2014. Between 2015 and 2019 I have been a professor at Université du Québec à Montreal, Canada. My research is on gestural interaction design, dance and new media, visual arts, contemporary, interactivity, robotics and aesthetics.


    Isabele Miron | Université du Québec à Montréal

    À venir


    Michael Montanaro | Université Concordia

    Michael Montanaro is a trans-disciplinary artist who is best known for his work in the field of contemporary dance and mixed media. A graduate of the Hartford Conservatory, he has performed with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Le Groupe de la Place Royale where he also served for 5 years as co-artistic director. In 1985 he founded Montanaro Dance, developing a reputation for using cutting edge technology to create theatrical environments for his choreography. Over its ten-year history Montanaro Dance toured both nationally and internationally.


    Christine Palmieri | Revue Archée

    Née à Casablanca, Christine Palmiéri vit au Québec depuis 1971. Elle partage son temps entre son travail d'écriture et sa production plastique. Elle dirige la revue électronique Archée (www.archee.qc.ca) qui traite des arts électroniques et collabore à plusieurs revues de poésie et à des collectifs québécois, français et brésiliens et à de nombreuses revues d'art. Elle a participé à des anthologies et a illustré de nombreux livres et revues de poésie. Détentrice d'un doctorat en art, elle est professeur associée à l'UQAM et commissaire d'expositions.


    Louise Poissant | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Louise Poissant, Ph. D. en philosophie, est directrice scientifique du Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC). Elle a été doyenne à la Faculté des arts de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) de 2006 à 2015 et professeure d’esthétique et de théorie à l’École des arts visuels et médiatiques (ÉAVM) de 1989 à 2006, où elle a dirigé le Groupe de recherche en arts médiatiques (GRAM). Elle est l’auteure de nombreux ouvrages et articles traitant des arts médiatiques.


    Denis Poulin | Collège Montmorency

    Denis Poulin was a dancer and choreographer before becoming a teacher of the art of dance at Collège Montmorency in Laval, where he founded the dance programs and Department of Dance in 1985, as well as a program of 3D animation based on human movement in 2007. He has been an associate professor in the Department of Dance since 2006. Fascinated by the art of dance on screen, Poulin has directed many films and videos intended to be shown on their own or as part of his choreographies for the stage or Martine Époque’s multimedia works.


    Martin Racine | Université Concordia

    Dr. Martin Racine is the Graduate Program Director and Faculty in the Department of Design and Computation Arts since 1999. He holds a PhD in Design, specialized in Design Theory and History and a Master's degree in Communication Sciences, where he focused on the field of semiotics and cognitive sciences. He has published many articles on the history of design in Québec and he recently published a book on design pioneer Julien Hébert. Trained as an Industrial Designer in Montréal (Université de Montréal) and in Paris (École nationale supérieure de création industrielle), his experience covers furniture design, product and exhibition design. In his department, he is responsible for the area of 3d design and teaches both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.


    Éric Raymond | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Les œuvres d’Éric Raymond interrogent l'origine des images. Il situe plus spécifiquement ce questionnement dans le domaine de l’imagerie électronique, dont il exploite l'évanescence précaire, en cherchant constamment à révéler la genèse de représentations visuelles et mentales. Depuis 1997, Il se consacre à la réalisation du corpus Lanternes / Lighthouses, auquel s'intègrent les installations Linescape, Scribes et Scanlines.


    Jean-François Renaud | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Depuis décembre 1997, je suis professeur régulier à l’École des médias, dans la Faculté de communication de l’UQAM (l’Université du Québec à Montréal). Mon arrivée au «Département des communications» (nom qu’avait ma division à l’époque) coïncide avec la crise du verglas et avec le démarrage d’un profil d’enseignement en «multimédia» au sein du Baccalauréat en communication.


    Robert Saucier | Université du Québec à Montréal

    Dans ses œuvres, Robert Saucier questionne la relation entre l'art et la technologie du numérique. Ses installations sculpturales amplifient la magie des technologies tout en exposant la futilité de certaines de leurs utilisations : les diverses composantes électroniques utilisées servent de modèle à la composition des œuvres et à leur structure conceptuelle, tandis que les dispositifs sonores renvoient aux grands moyens de communication, tels la radio, la télévision et l’Internet, qui envahissent notre espace physique et intellectuel.


    Kimberly Sawchuk | Université Concordia

    Dr. Kim Sawchuk is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, holds the Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies, and is the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University.


    Cheryl Sim | Centre Phi

    Cheryl Sim est commissaire à DHC/ART Fondation pour l’art contemporain, ainsi qu’artiste, musicienne et universitaire. S’intéressant à diverses formes d’art engagé, tant sur le plan politique que conceptuel, son travail de commissaire porte sur la notion de diaspora, la théorie de l’écran, l’économie politique, le vestimentaire comme marqueur d’identité, et l’utilisation de la musique en art contemporain. Elle a récemment organisé les expositions Surface Tension, de Valérie Belin et Pièces de résistance, de Yinka Shonibare MBE.


    Skawennati | Université Concordia, Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace

    Skawennati Tricia Fragnito is the Network Coordinator and Community Liaison for Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC). She is also Artist-at-Large with Urban Shaman gallery, as well as an independent curator, and occaisional writer. Though she has battled and vanquished past addictions to Tetris and SSX Snowboarding, she considers herself new to the gaming world.


    Marc Steinberg | Université Concordia

    Marc Steinberg is author of the award-winning book Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) which historically situates the practices of merchandising or the media mix in relation to the anime industry. Along with its expanded Japanese translation is Why is Japan a “Media Mixing Nation”? (Tokyo: Kadokawa, 2015), it won the ITRA-BTHA Book Prize (Senior Prize) from the International Toy Research Association (2014), and the Japan Society for Animation Studies Book Prize (2015).


    Mark Sussman | Université Concordia

    Mark Sussman is a theatre artist and scholar working on the animation of public space, material dramaturgies, puppetry and object performance, and the integration of old and new technologies in live performance. He earned MA and PhD degrees from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University, receiving the Michael Kirby Memorial Award for his doctoral dissertation on 18th and 19th Century stagings of the new technology of electricity. He joined Concordia's faculty and moved to Montreal in 2005. For six years he held the position of Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Fine Arts and is now Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre. He also advises graduate students in the PhD Humanities and Individualized programs.


    Alain Thibault | Elektra/Biennale internationale d’art numérique (ACREQ)

    Alain Thibault is a composer, sound designer and electronic music artist. His works has been presented in several contexts, contemporary music and digital arts festivals, in Canada, Europe (Chatelet Theater and Radio- France in Paris, etc.) and Asia (Yamaguchi YCAM Japan, South-Korea, Taïwan, etc.). With media artist Yan Breuleux, he formed the duo PurForm. They are presently touring their new AV performance, abcd_light, in Europe and Asia. With American artist Matthew Biederman, he created the duo RAY_XXXX, whose PULSE performance was presented in Italy, France and Brazil. Thibault is presently artistic director of Elektra, an international digital arts festival, presented every year in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


    Bill Vorn | Université Concordia

    Born in Montreal, Bill Vorn has been active in the field of Robotic Art since 1992. His installation and performance projects involve robotics and motion control, sound, lighting, video and cybernetic processes. He pursues research and creation on Artificial Life and Agent Technologies through artistic work based on the Aesthetics of Artificial Behaviors.

  • International Collaborators

    Caroline Bernard | École nationale supérieure de la photographie, France

    Caroline Bernard est une ancienne collaboratrice scientifique de la Haute École d’art et de design (HEAD) de Genève (CH). Depuis 2007, elle enseigne à l’École supérieure d’arts appliqués (CEPV) de Vevey (CH). Elle est professeure à l’École nationale supérieure de la photographie d’Arles depuis 2015. Elle est également professeure associée de l’école des arts visuels et médiatiques (EAVM) au sein de l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM, CA). Elle est docteure de l’université de Paris 8 en Esthétique, Sciences et Technologies des Arts, spécialité Arts plastiques et photographie. Basée entre la France et la Suisse, elle forme avec Damien Guichard forment le collectif Lili range le chat depuis plus de 10 ans.


    Samuel Bianchini | École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

    Samuel Bianchini est artiste et enseignant-chercheur à l’École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris où il dirige le groupe de recherche Reflective Interaction (EnsadLab). Ses œuvres sont régulièrement exposées en France et à l’étranger : Art Basel, Institut français de Tokyo, Stuk Art Center (Leuven), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Jeu de Paume (Paris), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) à Karlsruhe, etc.


    Ga Brinkmann-Zhang | Director, CAFA Center for Art & Technology (CAFACAT), Chine

    Zhang Ga is an internationally recognized media art curator and professor of Media Art at Tsinghua University and associate professor at the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. He holds appointments as Consulting Curator of Media Art at the National Art Museum of China, Senior Researcher at the Media and Design Lab of EPFL | Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne in Switzerland, and Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab in the US.


    Oron Catts | Symbiotica, University of Western Australia, Australia

    Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose pioneering work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project which he established in 1996 is considered a leading biological art project. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research centre housed within the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia.


    Michel Collet | Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Art et Sciences Humaines, Besançon/Franche-Comté, France

    DEA à Paris XIII, chargé de cours à l’Université de Franche-Comté en épistémologie et en art contemporain. Activités de critique et théoricien, membre du comité de rédaction du magazine d’art actuel Inter (Canada) et du Centre d’art mobile.


    Nina Czegledy | Université de Toronto, Toronto, Canada

    Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator, works internationally on collaborative art& science& technology projects. The changing perception of the human body and its environment as well as paradigm shifts in the arts inform her projects. She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide at international events.


    Toby Heys | Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD), Manchester Metropolitan University, R.U.

    Heys is a member of the sonic research unit AUDINT. They are currently preparing an anthology called ‘Unsound : Undead’ for publication through Univocal. Since 2007, popular culture has been marked by the phenomenon of dead rap and rock stars being revivified using holographic technology. From Elvis to Tupac, these examples are emblematic of a newly emerging necromantic culture that problematizes the taken for granted idea that performers must be breathing, thereby troubling the relationship between sound/music and life.


    Felipe Cesar Londono | Universidad de Caldas, Colombie

    Il est directeur du doctorat en design et création à l'Université de Caldas, en Colombie, et directeur du Festival international de l'image, un événement qui intègre l'art, le design, la science et la technologie qui se tient depuis 1997.
    Il est le coordinateur du Media Lab - Laboratoire des environnements virtuels, un centre de recherche créé avec le soutien de plusieurs institutions au niveau international, et directeur de l'Incubateur d'entreprises culturelles, un programme qui encourage la génération d'industries créatives en Colombie.


    Anolga Rodionoff | Université Jean Monnet, France

    Anolga Rodionoff est professeur des universités en Esthétique. Sciences de l'art. Humanités numériques. Ses recherches les plus récentes se rapportent notamment au cybertemps et aux figures du temps dans l'art contemporain,aux figures de l'interactivité et à la déconstruction du virtuel. Elle est également commissaire d'exposition.


    Douglas Sery | MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, États-Unis

    Doug Sery was originally hired by the MIT Press as Computer Science Editor in the late 1990s. However, a serious examination of MITP’s backlist led him to reformulate his publishing focus with the idea that art, technology and design would soon become inseparable. He is now the acquiring editor for New Media, Game Studies, Computer Music, the Digital Humanities and the occasional project that inhabits a liminal space in our list.


    Rodrigo Jorge Sigal | Centro Mexicano pra la musica y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS), Mexique

    He’s a composer and cultural manager interested in working with new technologies especially in the electroacoustic music field. Since 2006, Sigal has been the director of the Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (www.cmmas.org) where he coordinates numerous initiatives of creation, education, research and cultural management in relation to sound and music.


    Christa Sommerer | Kunstunivesität Linz, Autriche

    Christa Sommerer studied Biology and Botany (1982-85), followed by Art Education and Art Study in Modern Sculpture (1985-90) in Vienna, Austria. She concluded her post graduate study at the Staedelschule Institut for New Media, Frankfurt (1993-94). Subsequently, Christa Sommerer was an artist-in-resident at the NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Application, Beckman Institute (US) and at the InterCommunication Center ICC-NTT (JP).


    Ionat Zurr | Symbiotica, University of Western Australia, Australia

    n award winning artist and researcher, Zurr formed, together with Oron Catts, the Tissue Culture and Art Project. She has been an artist in residence in the School of Anatomy and Human Biology since 1996 and was central to the establishment of SymbioticA in 2000. Zurr, who received her PhD titled "Growing Semi-Living Art" from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, is a core researcher and academic co-ordinator at SymbioticA



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