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Isabelle Choinière is an international artist, researcher, author and teacher of the new contemporary performative practices involving technology since 1994. She holds a Ph.D. (July 2015) in the Philosophy of Integrative Arts from Planetary Collegium, at the Center for Advanced Inquiry in the Integrative Arts (CaiiA), Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Choinière studied under the co-supervision of Roy Ascott, founder and director of the Planetary Collegium and Enrico Pizotti, from the Department of Performance and Music at Bologna University. This program has been attributed ‘the 2011 World Universities Forum Award for Best Practice in Higher Education’.

 

She is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Communications, École dese médias at University of Quebec in Montreal, as well as Lecturer in the Department of Theater at the University of Quebec in Montreal where she teaches a course entitled ‘’Dialogue théorique/pratique’’ (Interdisciplinary Master Program) (2016), and was an invited researcher-artist to teach a seminar entitled ‘Emergent Methodologies’ in the Doctoral Program ‘’Études et partiques des arts’’ (2015) (University of Quebec in Montreal).

As a visiting professor and lecturer, she gaves seminars and lectures in Canada at the University of Toronto, Université du Québec à Montréal – UQAM, Concordia University, Interuniversity Center for Media Arts-CIAM, McGill University, CEGEP du Vieux Montréal ; in Europe at the METABODY E.U. Research Project-Germany, University of Chichester-UK, Plymouth University-UK, University of Cambridge-UK, University of Applied Arts Vienna-Austria, University NABA-Milan, Queen’s University Belfast-Ireland, University TU Lisbon-Portugal ; in Latine America at the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro/UFRJ-Brazil, the University of Caldas in Manizales-Colombia, the University Nationale Tres de Febrero- Buenos Aires, SESC-Sao Paolo and in USA at the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts-Arizona and the Indiana University. She is a member of international research groups such as ‘Hexagram, International Network of Research-Creation in the Media Arts, Design, Technology and Digital Culture’, ‘Performativité et effets de présences’, led by Josette Féral and Louise Poissant and ‘Pratiques interartistiques et scènes contemporaines’, led by Marie-Christine Lesage – the three of them at the University of Quebec in Montreal. She is also an active member of the Planetary Collegium Research Network.

 

As a research artist, she collaborated in Canada with Concordia University, Hexagram Center for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technology, Matralab, Interuniversity Center for Media Arts-CIAM, UQAM- Dance and Theater Departments , Laval University-Laboratory for Image, Sound and Scene New Technologies-LANTISS and in France with the Centre culturel Canadien à Paris in collaboration with the Laboratoire du Langage Électronique Cergy-Pontoise and l’Académie nationale d’art de Cergy-Pontoise.

Choinière’s research has been published by Intellect Press, UK (2006, 2013, 2015), Archée (2016, 2017), the Journal of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Design, Korea (2009) and Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2009). More recent research includes a chapter in The Point-of-Being (ed.) Derrick de Kerckhove, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK (2014); she is translated and published by CENA: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (2015) and VIS: Revista do Programma do Pós-graduação da Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil (2017); and activity as a guest chief-editor for a double issue of Technoetic Arts, Intellect Journals, UK (2015) which examines the consequences and impact of ‘’moistmedia’’ in the emergence of new artistic practices. In 2018, she will be published by Intellect Books, UK (in English); Les presses de l’Université du Québec, Collection esthétique, Canada (in French); Les éditions de l’Université de Caldas, Colombia (in Spanish), a book titled: Through prism of the senses: Mediation and new realities of the body in contemporary performance. Technologies, cognition and emergent research-creation methodologies.

 

Her interdisciplinary and integrative research looks at the development of new models of performativity emerging with technology and alternative approaches to dance involving the somatic. Her main works to date include Communion, Le partage des peaux II (1994-1999); La démence des anges (1999-2005); Meat Paradoxe (2005-2010); Flesh Waves (2013); and Phase #5 (2016), productions that have toured in Europe, Latin America and North America in major festivals and art exhibitions. They have also been referenced as case studies for research groups in universities around the world. In 2014, she was awarded the Prix Reconnaissance Desjardins 2014 for her ‘remarkable career, her innovative work of high artistic quality and to encourage her to continue research in this unique way of creating’.

Since 1995, she has regularly presented her research-creations and lectures in international festivals in Europe, Latine America and North America such as/Cynetart13_Areale/METABODY, Dresden, Germany(2013), Le centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains et les rencontres internationales danse et arts numériques-Bains numériques #1, France (2005 and 2006), the 40th  anniversary of the Délégation du Québec à Paris, France (2001), the Festival Internacional de Teatro del Mercosur, Cordoba, Argentina (2001) or Synthèse 2000, Bourges, France (2000).

 

Her research evaluates the relationship of moving bodies to technology by defining a new paradigm of interfaced intercorporeality (intercorporéité). It deals with the development of emerging cognitive, aesthetic and communicative paradigm in the performing arts. Addressed through practices of the body (somatics), her research reintroduces the body and its specific intelligence into an understanding and construction of these proposed relationships. She works on how an ontological transition of the body – through its contact with technology – lead to two emerging concepts: that of the ‘physical/carnal and sound collective body’. Her main research-creation strategy is the development of a specific relationship between the body and technology where technology becomes the activator of a process of sensory-perceptual reconfiguration. Her methodology involves a process of collective and collaborative research that implies empathy.

Results of this research are available in the publications.

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