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.
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
University of Angewandte Kuenst, Vienna
Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria
Taubman College of Architecture and Design, University of Michigan
Moholy-Nagy University of the Arts, Budapest
CAFA CAT (Central Academy of Fine Arts – Centre for Art and Technology), Beijing, China