Dr Damien Charrieras is a new media theorist interested in tools and practices pertaining to the new media arts, electronic music, and video games. His papers were published in a large number of international academic journals, including Organized Sound (Cambridge) and Human Relations (Sage). His past project was a study of the hybrid trajectories and the dislocated spaces of creation of new media artists in Montreal. His work is situated in the current critical research on new media and he is especially interested in the potential value of process philosophy and radical empiricism to assess the emergence of new regimes of instrumentalities in creative practices. His work deals with topics such as the analog use of digital technologies in electronic music, metacreation in video games, the use of neural networks in game engines, incomputable data, the experimental appropriation of GUI in creative software, machinic vision in life log art. His current project investigates the diverse technologies used to conceive video games, especially game engines, from the perspective of media ecology and organology.
He holds a PhD in Film Studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle University, a PhD in communication studies from the University of Montreal and a postdoc from McGill University. He is a member of Eastern Block, the Centre for New Media and Interdisciplinary Art (Montreal). He has been a visiting scholar at Brown University (Modern Culture and Media), New York University (Music) and worked as a researcher at the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel, at the Centre National de la Cinématographie (Paris) and at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Montréal). He is Stream Leader for the Media Cultures stream of the Master of Arts in Creative Media (MACM) at the School of Creative Media.