Chris Salter

Chris Salter’s large scale installations, performative environments and research focus on and challenge human perception, merging haptic, visual, acoustic and other sensory phenomena. Exploring the borders between the senses, art, design and new technologies, 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’s work has been shown at major international exhibitions and festivals in over a dozen countries including the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice), National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Lille 3000 (Lille), Fondarie Darling (International Biennale of Electronics Arts – Montreal), HAU3 (Berlin), Laboral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industriel (Gijon, Spain), Nuit Blanche (Paris), Vitra Design Museum (Germany), EXIT Festival (Maison des Arts, Creteil-Paris), Ars Electronica (Linz), Pact Zollverein (Essen, Germany), CTM (Berlin), Villette Numerique (Paris), Todays Art (the Hague), Todays Art.jp (Tokyo), Meta.Morf (Norway), Mois Multi (Quebec), transmediale (Berlin), Elektra (Montréal), the Banff Center (Banff), Dance Theater Workshop (New York), V2 (Rotterdam), SIGGRAPH 2001 (New Orleans), Mediaterra (Athens) and the Exploratorium (San Francisco).

Salter is Concordia University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses, Co-Director of the Hexagram Network for Research-Creation in Media Art, Design, Digital Culture and Technology, Director of Hexagram Concordia and Associate Professor, Computation Arts in the Department of Design and Computation Art at Concordia University, Montreal. He is a regular presenter at national and international conferences, has given numerous invited talks at universities and festivals worldwide and has sat on many juries including the Prix Ars Electronica among others.

In addition to his artistic work, Salter’s critical research can be found in his seminal book, Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance (MIT Press, 2010) and Alien Agency: Experimental Encounters with Art in the Making (MIT Press, 2015).

Project Descriptions

The following are some of the more recent projects developed by the Chris Salter.

Dissense

Dissense is a 30-40 minute live performance for a solo performer and up to 100 audience members. The work plays off and extends Alvin Lucier’s famed 1965 “Music for Solo Performer” (in which Lucier’s Alpha brainwaves activated a series of percussions instruments) by transferring sensations from one performer body to a mass of people. Equipped at the start of the performance with a range of body-based sensors (heartrate, respiration, skin conductance, EEG, electrical signals from the muscles), the performer moves through a range of intense tasks, transferring their physiological response into the crowd via light, sound and worn haptic devices. The emotional response to these changes is captured by the sensors and converted into haptic sensations on the audience’s bodies that can be either simultaneous or spread across the group like a wave.

Over the course of the performance, a minimalistic composition of light and soundunfolds with unpredictable moods, from very subtle and liminal to saturated flashes and noises. The performer and audience thus becomes the test subject of a mass experiment in visual and aural stimulation aimed at provoking subtle or bold sensations captured by the sensors and diffused across bodies – a radically new form of sensation at a distance.

Conception/Direction/Composition: Chris Salter + TeZ
Performer: Miri Lee
Vibropixel Technology: Ian Hattwick
Sensing/Electronics: Joseph Plazak
Production Assistance: Garrett Lockhart
Co-Production: TA and xmodal/Montreal

With the support of the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC), Speculative
Life Cluster/Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology @ Concordia University.

Haptic Field

Multi-sensory Installation

Ilinx

Performative Environment

N-Polytope

Behaviours in Light and Sound after Iannis Xenakis. Light and Sound Installation

Displace

Performative Sensory Environment

Atmosphere

Installation

Just Noticeable Difference (JND)

Installation

Details

Territory: worldwide → Remco Schuurbiers

→ 07-10.09.17 Urgent Estimar @ Fira Tàrrega 2017 – Tàrrega, ES
→ 21–23.09.17 Dissense @ TodaysArt – The Hague, NL