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Dr Alice Jarry, PhD

Associate Professor, Design and Computation Arts
Concordia University Research Chair in Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality (New Scholar), Design and Computation Arts

Dr Alice Jarry, PhD
Office: S-EV 6745  
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5631
Website(s): Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality
Milieux Speculative Life Biolab
Alice Jarry website
Availability: By appointment

Dr. Alice Jarry is Associate Professor (Strategic Hire in Materials and Materiality: Designing for socio-Environmentally Responsive Cities) in the department of Design and Computation Arts. She is Concordia University Research Chair in Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality (New Scholar), Associate Director of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology, and Director of Milieux' Speculative Life Biolab. As an artist-researcher, she specializes in site-specific responsive works, art-science practices, socio-environmental design, and tangible media. Her research brings concerns about sustainability, aesthetics, and politics to bear critically upon materiality, material production, and urban infrastructures. Currently focusing on waste, residual matter as well as active and biomaterials/composites for the built environment and the arts, Dr. Jarry examines how materiality - engaged in processes of transformation with site, technology, and communities - can provoke the emergence of adaptive forms and resilient socio-environmental relations.

Dr. Jarry is a member of Hexagram - International Network Dedicated to Research-Creation in Media Arts, Design, Technology and Digital Culture and The Living Architecture Systems Group (U. Waterloo). Her works have been presented at Centre George Pompidou (Paris), Planétarium de Montréal, Vox Centre de l’image Contemporaine (Montréal), Biennale Nemo (Paris), Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology (Milan), at Automata (International Digital Arts Biennial, Montreal), Le mois Multi (Quebec), Device_Art Triennale (Zagreb), Invisible Dog Art Center (New York), Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture (Mons), Physicalité (International Digital Arts Biennial, Montreal), La gare numérique (Jeumont), the LASER series (Leonardo) and in several locations across Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Courses Taught

D-CART 498/631 Critical Materiality

DART 391 Environmental Research-Practice

DART 392 Socio-Cultural Research-Practice

DART 481 Design & Community Engagement

CART 444 Portfolio Studio

CART 412 Project Studio II

DART 212 Digital Media Studio 1

CART 211 Creative Computing & Network Culture

Research activities

Soft Dynamic Membranes : Air filtration as a process of material, interdisciplinary and socio-environmental exchange

Membranes in Action : Art-science creation of sustainable interfaces between communities, ecological milieux and the built environment

(with Samuel Bianchini (École supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris),  Marie-Pier Boucher (Media Studies, University of Toronto))

Excitable Matters of Process: Sustainable interdisciplinary methods for synthesizing integrative smart hybrid membranes (with Ramin Sedagheti (Aerospace Engineering, Concordia University), Subash Rhakeja (Aerospace Engineering, Concordia university), Philip Beesley (Architecture, University of Waterloo), Michael Montanaro (Dance, Concordia University))

Sustainable co-creation of reactive graphene oxide structures in a transdisciplinary approach to materials science and design (with Marta Cerutti, PI (Materials Engineering, McGill University))

Origami-inspired deployable sensoriactuator soft robots (with Hamid Akbarzadeh Shafaroudi, PI (Bioresource Engineering, McGill University), Marta Cerruti (Materials Engineering, McGill University), 

Miranda Smitheram (Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University), David Meger (Computer Science, McGill University))

Outer Space and the City (with Marie-Pier Boucher, PI (Media Studies, University of Toronto)

Student Thesis

Enns, Patricia (2023) Narrative Debris: Counter-Mapping Overlooked Socio-Political Stories of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

Couture, William (2023) Déconstruire la rue : imaginer une représentation expérientielle et abstraite de la temporalité. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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