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Mikhel Proulx

My dissertation tracks the concurrent emergence of digital networks and socially engaged art practice over a period of fifty years within the Canadian context. It focuses on how the concept of the virtual community can been explored in the work of a generation of artists long before today’s pervasive networks of social media. Created between the 1960s and the 2010s, the artworks in this dissertation demonstrate how communities assemble with and through communications networks. The overall questions leading this study are: What can we learn from fifty years of artistic practice that manifests forms of togetherness with and through communications networks? What do these artworks offer to discussions of network culture today? What does this range of networked social practice demonstrate in the face of socio-technical forces that delimit particular ways of being together?

Mikhel Proulx is a PhD candidate in Art History, Concordia University, and has other degrees in drawing, media design and art history. He has lived in Calgary, Berlin and Jerusalem and currently resides in Montreal. He has made exhibitions around the world, mostly in these cities. Mikhel is a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholar and a Jarislowsky Foundation Doctoral Fellow in Canadian Art History. He researches contemporary art, technology, Queers, archives, and the Internet.

Thesis Title: Networked Participation in Canadian Art: Social Practice Before the Web

Supervisor: Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim

Research Interests:

  • Social Practice and Participatory Art
  • History and Aesthetics of Digital Media
  • Contemporary Indigenous Art Practice
  • Media and Technology Studies
  • Curatorial and Archival Practice
  • Gender and Sexualities

Teaching – Undergraduate Courses:

  • ARTH 358 Studies in the History of Media Art: Queer Networks
  • ARTH 283 The Life and Work of Robert Mapplethorpe


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