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Christopher Salter

http://www.chrissalter.com/
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Christopher Salter is a media artist, performance director and composer/sound designer based in Montreal, Canada and Berlin, Germany.
His artistic and research interests revolve around the development and production of real time, computationally-augmented responsive performance environments fusing space, sound, image, architectural material and sensor-based technologies. Such projects range from large scale, public driven installations where the line between spectators and performers is blurred and questioned to traditional performance environments with trained performers that are augmented with computational and media systems.
His current research interests include the use of wireless sensor networks and ubiquitous computing technologies in artistic contexts, cross modal perception, enactive interactive systems, real time audio and critical studies of media, technology and performativity.
Salter studied economics and philosophy at Emory University and received his Ph.D. in the areas of theater and computer-generated sound at Stanford University where he worked with former Brecht assistant Carl Weber as well as pioneers of digital synthesis John Chowning, Max Matthews and Chris Chafe at the Center for Research in Computer Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He was awarded the Fulbright and Alexander von Humboldt Chancellor grants for research/work in Germany from 1993-1995.
After collaborating with Peter Sellars and William Forsythe/Ballett Frankfurt, he co-founded the art and research organization Sponge, whose works have stretched between the arenas of performance, installation, scientific research and publications and have toured internationally to festivals, exhibitions and venues. His work with Sponge as well as solo projects has been seen in such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice), Ars Electronica (Linz), Villette Numerique (Paris), Transmediale (Berlin), EXIT Festival (Maison des Arts, Creteil-Paris), Place des Arts (Montreal), Elektra (Montreal), Shanghai Dance Festival (Shanghai), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), the Banff Center (Banff), Dance Theater Workshop (New York), V2 (Rotterdam), SIGGRAPH 2001 (New Orleans), Mediaterra (Athens) and the Exploratorium (San Francisco), among others.
Salter’s projects have been written about most recently in the New York Times, ID Magazine and Leonardo magazine and received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation, the Creative Work Fund/San Francisco, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, FQRSC and the LEF Foundation, among others. He has given invited talks at such venues as the Banff Center for the Arts, Ars Electronica, Deutsches Architektur Museum, Zurich University of the Arts, HKW Berlin, ZKM, Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, HfK Zurich, Queens College/CUNY, Deutsches Architektur Museum, Brown University, Stanford University, Goldsmiths College, Elektra festival, Amherst College, the Rhode Island School of Design, Transmediale, HfG Karlsruhe, Concordia University, Subtle Technologies-Toronto, SLS-Paris, NIME 03-Montreal, UdK-Berlin and e-Culture, Amsterdam, among many others. He has sat on numerous juries including NIME, ISEA and the Prix Ars Electronica.
Salter has published in the areas of technology and performance, real time responsive environments, mobile real time media and cultural politics. He is the author of the forthcoming book Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance to published by MIT Press in 2010. He has been visiting professor in music, graduate studies and digital media at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada where he teaches in the areas of real time digital audio, immersive environments, critical theories of media and performance and technology.
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2003-2004 Adjunct Professor, Digital+Media, Department of Graduate Studies , Rhode Island School of Design 2004 Guest Professor, Department of Music - Brown University 2005 Concordia University


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Publications & References
Gsöllpointner, Katharina and Ruth Schnell and KathariSchuler Gsöllpointner. Digital Synesthesia: A Model for the Aesthetics of Digital Art. : 2016.
Bay-Cheng, Sarah and Jennifer Parker-Starbuck and David Z. Saltz, ed. Performance and Media: Taxonomies for a changing field. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015.
Salter, Chris and Karmen Franinovic. »The Poetics of Sonic Interaction Design.« In Sonic Interaction Design: Process and Products, edited by Karmen Franinovic and Stefania Serafin. Cambrigde, MA: The MIT Press, 2013.
Salter, Chris. Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance. Cambridge, MASS: The MIT Press, 2010.
Salter, Chris. »Timbral Architecture | Aurality´s Force: Music and Sound in the Choreographies of William Forsythe.« In William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography, edited by Steven Spier. London, UK: Routledge Press, 2010.
Salter, Chris. »The Question of Thresholds: Immersion, Absorption and Dissolution in the Environments of Audio-Vision.« In See This Sound - Audiovisuologies 2, edited by Lentos Museum and Ars Electronica and Ludwig Boltzman Institut. Köln, DE: Walther König Verlag, 2009.
Salter, Chris. »Environments, Interactions and Beings: The Ecology of Performativity and Technics.« In Interfaces of Performance, edited by Maria Chatzichristodolou and Rachel Zerihan and Jannis Jeffries. London: Ashgate, 2009.
Salter, Chris and Marije Baalman and Harry C. Smoak. »Sharing Data in Collective Interactive Performances: The SenseWorldDataNetwork.« In Proceedings for 9th Annual Conference in New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2009), edited by . Pittsburg, Pa, USA: 2009.
Chris Salter. »Reflections on the 8th International Biennale of Champ Libre.« Etc: Revue de L’Art Actuel (March 2009).
Chris Salter. »Between Mapping, Sonification and Composition: Responsive Audio Environments in Live Performance.« In CMMR Post Symposium Proceedings, edited by Springer LNCS Series, . : 2008.
Chris Salter. »Dramaturgies of Sound: Interactive Sound Design in Live Performance.« In Proceedings for the 1st International Workshop in Sonic Interaction Design, edited by . Florence, Italy: 2008.
Salter, Chris and Marije Baalman and Daniel Moody-Grigsby. »Between Mapping, Sonification and Composition: Responsive Audio Environments in Live Performance.« In Proceedings for the 2007 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), edited by Proceedings for the 2007 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC). Copenhagen, Denmark: 2007.
Salter, Chris and Marije Baalman and Daniel Moody-Grigsby. »Schwelle: Sensor Augmented, Adaptive Sound Design for Live Theatrical Performance.« In Proceedings for the 7th Annual Conference in New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2007), edited by Proceedings for the 7th Annual Conference in New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2007), 178-184. New York: 2007.
Dixon, Steve and Barry Smith. Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theatre, Dance, Performance Art and Installation. Leonardo Books, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006.
Salter, Chris and Cognition. »Sponge: A Case Study in Practice-based, Collaborative Research.« In Proceedings for the 4th Annual ACM Conference in Creativity and Cognition, Goldsmiths College, London, edited by Proceedings for the 4th Annual ACM conference in Creativity, 92-101. London, UK: 2005.
Salter, Chris and Erik Adigard. »Chronopolis: Inhabiting Time.« Loudpaper Magazine (June 2004).
Chris Salter. »Sponge: The Surface That Holds the Image is Unstable.« ec/artsS 2[00-01]: Special: Textualities and Nouvelles Technologies 2, no. 1 (Fall 2000).
Salter, Chris. Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance. Cambridge, MASS: The MIT Press, 2010.
Salter, Chris. »Timbral Architecture | Aurality´s Force: Music and Sound in the Choreographies of William Forsythe.« In William Forsythe and the Practice of Choreography, edited by Steven Spier. London, UK: Routledge Press, 2010.
Salter, Chris and Marije Baalman and Harry C. Smoak. »Sharing Data in Collective Interactive Performances: The SenseWorldDataNetwork.« In Proceedings for 9th Annual Conference in New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2009), edited by . Pittsburg, Pa, USA: 2009.
Chris Salter. »Reflections on the 8th International Biennale of Champ Libre.« Etc: Revue de L’Art Actuel (March 2009).
Salter, Chris. »The Question of Thresholds: Immersion, Absorption and Dissolution in the Environments of Audio-Vision.« In See This Sound - Audiovisuologies 2, edited by Lentos Museum and Ars Electronica and Ludwig Boltzman Institut. Köln, DE: Walther König Verlag, 2009.
Salter, Chris. »Environments, Interactions and Beings: The Ecology of Performativity and Technics.« In Interfaces of Performance, edited by Maria Chatzichristodolou and Rachel Zerihan and Jannis Jeffries. London: Ashgate, 2009.
Chris Salter. »Dramaturgies of Sound: Interactive Sound Design in Live Performance.« In Proceedings for the 1st International Workshop in Sonic Interaction Design, edited by . Florence, Italy: 2008.
Chris Salter. »Between Mapping, Sonification and Composition: Responsive Audio Environments in Live Performance.« In CMMR Post Symposium Proceedings, edited by Springer LNCS Series, . : 2008.
Salter, Chris and Marije Baalman and Daniel Moody-Grigsby. »Between Mapping, Sonification and Composition: Responsive Audio Environments in Live Performance.« In Proceedings for the 2007 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), edited by Proceedings for the 2007 International Computer Music Conference (ICMC). Copenhagen, Denmark: 2007.
Salter, Chris and Marije Baalman and Daniel Moody-Grigsby. »Schwelle: Sensor Augmented, Adaptive Sound Design for Live Theatrical Performance.« In Proceedings for the 7th Annual Conference in New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2007), edited by Proceedings for the 7th Annual Conference in New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2007), 178-184. New York: 2007.
Salter, Chris and Cognition. »Sponge: A Case Study in Practice-based, Collaborative Research.« In Proceedings for the 4th Annual ACM Conference in Creativity and Cognition, Goldsmiths College, London, edited by Proceedings for the 4th Annual ACM conference in Creativity, 92-101. London, UK: 2005.
Salter, Chris and Erik Adigard. »Chronopolis: Inhabiting Time.« Loudpaper Magazine (June 2004).
Chris Salter. »Sponge: The Surface That Holds the Image is Unstable.« ec/artsS 2[00-01]: Special: Textualities and Nouvelles Technologies 2, no. 1 (Fall 2000).