SOFIAN AUDRY AT MIT

Sofian Audry in Tunisia for SONDES
Photo credit: Stephanie Castonguay

Montreal, June 15, 2017 – Sofian Audry is leaving his position as President of PERTE DE SIGNAL art centre to pursue a postdoctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

With a background in computer science, Sofian Audry first set foot in the art centre in 2004. The following year, he presented his first professional exhibition at the PIKSEL festival in Norway. He then participated in PERTE DE SIGNAL’s mentorship program, “EMERGING PROJECT,” alongside artist Jonathan Villeneuve.
The resulting group exhibition, TRACE(2007), was presented in Trieste, Italy and Augsburg, Bavaria, as well as in Toronto and Montreal.

Fascinated by autonomous, adaptive, and self-organizing systems, the artist creates unique digital artworks that take different forms, including robotics, electronics intervention, interactive installation, and net art. Among other notable works, he created the first underwater digital work, PLASMOSE (2013), ), installed in the marina of Carleton-sur-Mer.

He has also collaborated with several artists on projects, including N_POLYTOPE (2012) with Chris Salter and VESSELS (2010-2015) with Stephen Kelly and Samuel St-Aubin.

At the same time, Audry continued his studies and received a Ph.D. from Concordia University in 2016. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Trope Tank lab at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

If PERTE DE SIGNAL was a vehicle that helped Audry launch his digital art career, it welcomed him behind the wheel in 2009 as its President. He initiated organizational changes at the centre and helped develop initial platforms, such as matriciel.org and the first creation software, including MAPMAP. He led the SONDES initiatives: intervention, creation, and solidarity projects in southern French-speaking countries that operate in accordance with open digital practices and the main tenets of sharing, collaboration, and independence through interdependence. These co-creation projects have allowed the centre’s artists to establish links with digital art communities in Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, and Haiti. Every year, the centre hosts artists from southern French-speaking countries in residencies, bringing PERTE DE SIGNAL at the centre of the digital art Francophonie.

“PERTE DE SIGNAL is extremely proud to have contributed to such an exceptional trajectory that will definitely leave a permanent mark in the centre’s DNA.’’
– Robin Dupuis, Director of PERTE DE SIGNAL

Sofian Audry will become a regular member of the centre, and the new president will be announced at the next meeting of the Board of Directors.

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PERTE DE SIGNAL is an art centre located at Pôle de Gaspé in Montreal that promotes and fosters the development and dissemination of digital art and innovative artistic uses of technology. perte-de-signal.org/en/

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Camille Montuelle
communications@perte-de-signal.org

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