Louise Poissant, PhD in philosophy, is Dean of the Faculty Arts at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) since 2006. She is professor of aesthetics and theory at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques at UQAM from 1989 to 2006 where she he leads the Groupe de recherche en arts médiatiques (GRAM) since 1989. From 2001 to 2006, she led the Centre interuniversitaire des arts médiatiques, the CIAM which included researchers from Concordia, U. of Montreal, McGill and UQAM. CIAM has recently merged with Hexagram becoming HexagramCIAM.
She is the author of numerous books and articles in the field media arts published in various journals in Canada, France and the United States. Among other achievements, she edited and supervised the translation of the Dictionary of the Media Arts published in the media PUQ in French and English, by sections in the journal Leonardo MIT Press. The electronic version is available since 1997. This version involves the encyclopedic participation of artists from the international community including visual documents. She co-edited a series on Media Arts in collaboration with TV Ontario and TÉLUQ and co-directed a series of video portraits of artists with the Museum art contemporain de Montréal. Her current researches focuse on new technologies applied to the arts of performance and on biotechnology and the arts.
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