Christopher Salter

Visiting Scholar (Aug 2019)

Christopher Salter studied economics and philosophy at Emory University and completed his PhD in 1997 in Theater Directing/Dramatic Criticism at Stanford University, where he also researched and studied at CCRMA. He is Full Professor of Design and Computation Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where he held the University Research Chair in New Media, Technology and the Senses from 2014–2019. He is also co-director of the Hexagram network for research-creation in media arts and technology, and co-founder and associate director of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia.

Salter 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). In addition to his scholarly work, Salter is a well-known artist whose work has been exhibited all over the world at such venues as the Venice Biennale (architecture), Barbican Centre, Berliner Festspiele/Martin Gropius Bau, Vitra Design Museum, Wiener Festwochen, the National Art Museum of China, and Muffathalle, among many others. His current book project addresses the technological culture of artificial sensing and artificial intelligence that we now inhabit and its historical basis in the quantification of sense perception in the psychophysics of Gustav Fechner and nineteenth-century experimental sensory physiology.


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Artificial “Listening”: From Fechner to Sensor Fusion


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Neuron|Statistic|Machine|Life: Oikos, Performativity and the Sensory Order

University of Angewandte Kuenst, Vienna

“When are we? Adventures in the Future of the Machine Readable Self.” Panel on “AI in Art and Science: Strategy for Responsible Innovation.”

Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria

“Making Sense in the Age of Sensing Machines.”

Taubman College of Architecture and Design, University of Michigan

Media Arts and Design Department

Moholy-Nagy University of the Arts, Budapest

The Senses in Contemporary Arts

CAFA CAT (Central Academy of Fine Arts – Centre for Art and Technology), Beijing, China