Concordia University




Andrew Forster, MA

Part-Time Faculty, Studio Arts
Part-Time Faculty, Art Education
Part-Time Faculty, Art History
Part-time Faculty, Design and Computation Arts

Office: S-EV 2615 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4262
Website(s): Andrew Forster website
Menlo Park website

Andrew is a working artist, designer and writer. His artistic practice includes collaborative and cross-disciplinary work: performance and choreographic projects, video installation and work for public space. This has two primary directions: firstly, installation, video, and video-performance shown in visual art and dance venues and, secondly, design, performance and text interventions for public space. Past work includes: a production of Samuel Beckett's That Time; a design for a new entrance to Place des Arts, Montreal (with architects Atelier Big City);  En masse, a movement project for seventy people (with choreographer Suzanne Miller); Cinéma, an outdoor performance for an audience seated indoors at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), Montréal;  Ossip, a performance work based on the poetry of Ossip Mandelstam (Tangente, Montreal). Current work includes Mer Parguayenne, a building wrapped in language - a collaboration with Montreal poet Erin Moure (EV building exterior/FOFA Gallery, 2017) and The Machine Stops, a video project recorded in Chandigarh, India (2017-18). 

Forster’s research looks at art practice as a tool for investigating public space and the collision zone between art and design as a vital public space in itself. TEACHING AREAS: sculpture, photo, cross-disciplinary practice, typography, design studies/design theory. Current writing is about contemporary art and performance as critical practice in relation to the ‘designed world’.  This includes writing on the design practice of former performance artist Vito Acconci (“Impurely Applied: The Architecture and Landscape Architecture of Vito Acconci”, RACAR, 2014), activist builder Theaster Gates and philosopher Bernard Steigler. He is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Concordia.


  • Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
  • Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Concordia University, Montreal

Research interests

practices called 'making'; the contested public space between art & design; performance and public space

Areas of expertise

cross-disciplinary practice, critical design practice, performance, art in public space, design studies

Paraguayan Sea at FOFA Gallery
Photo credit: Guy l'Heureux

Teaching activities (selected)

ARTH 391 - Art & Its Changing Contexts - Thinking Through Making (winter 2016)

SCUL 210 - Intro to Sculpture (studio) (fall 2016)

ARTE 354 - Time Based Media (winter 2017)

DART 331 - Type and Image in the Built Environment (Words in Space) (Fall 2018)

SCUL 210 - Intro to Sculpture (studio) (winter 2018)

ARTE 352 - Light Based Media (photo studio) (winter 2018)

DART 292 - 3-d Studio (winter 2019)

DART 262 - Exploring Design Studies - Thinking Through Making (winter 2019)

ARTH 262 - Aspects of the History of Drawing - The Performative Line (summer 2019)

ARTE 352 - Light Based Media (photo studio) (winter 2020)

ARTX 280 - Integrated Studio in Contemporary Art Practices (winter 2020)

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