The Speculative Life Cluster is home to five primary research groups; (1) the Curatorial Research-Creation Collective, (2) Machine Agencies, (3) the Ethnography Lab, (4) Planetary Futures, and (5) lab xModal.

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Curatorial Research Creation-Collective

As the Curatorial Research-Creation Collective (CRCC), we have begun a processual, experimental curatorial project oriented around an exhibition cycle of research-creation work in-process, and a manifesto built to stake the ground for radical research-creation curatorial practice. Our aim is to establish a practice of exhibition making that occupies the more-than: The more-than curatorial arrangement, the more-than curatorial as authoritative or authorial, and the more-than of hierarchical systems of knowledge which know themselves in advance.


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Machine Agencies

The Machine Agencies Research group has two primary concerns for their interdisciplinary research-creation work; 1) Interrogating the history, politics, and cultures of machine learning and artificial intelligence and, 2) innovating in regards to the many potential and developing machine learning technologies in art, media practice, and design.


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Ethnography Lab

The Concordia Ethnography Lab was established in 2016 to promote and explore innovative ethnographic research. The Lab gathers ethnographic expertise from across Concordia to foster creative thinking about methodology, to enhance the possibility of research collaboration, and to act as a resource for researchers inside and outside the university who wish to use ethnography to ask questions about the world around them.

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Planetary Futures

Planetary Futures is a series of research studios that include two campuses for HKW; one conducted in 2016 the next in 2020. As well as a planetary futures summer school, held in August 2017, with more planned. We propose one of the first large scale collaborative research-creation and education projects integrating arts and design, the social sciences, and media studies, to conduct multi-sited artistic, ethnographic, philosophical, and historical research and creation on the material ways that designers, researchers and entrepreneurs negotiate the future, and translate ideas of  life, speculation, and temporality into technology and the built environment. 


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Chris Salter, Displace, V.2 - The Hague, 2012

Chris Salter, Displace, V.2 - The Hague, 2012


LabXModal is a studio-lab founded by Chris Salter dedicated to the research, development and creation of performative environments—physical spaces with a focus on dynamic and temporal processes over static objects and representations. We research and develop new hardware and software sensing technologies, apply these tools and techniques in solo + collaborative, internationally disseminated artistic works and critically reflect on these practices through technical and theoretical/historical publications, talks and public presentations.