York University Canada Research Chairs in Digital Performance and Visualization

York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts invites
applications for two new Canada Research Chairs
in Digital Performance and Interactive Information Visualization.

York University’s Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for two new Canada Research Chairs (CRC) in the field of extended and integrated digital media. Global searches are currently underway for a Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance and a Canada Research Chair in Interactive Information Visualization.

Both positions are Tier II CRCs, designated for exceptional emerging researchers with demonstrated potential to achieve international recognition in their fields. These prestigious research professorships are interdisciplinary and pan-Faculty, spanning a wide range of creative media, professional practice and intellectual enquiry in the fine arts. Outstanding hybrid research-practitioners with an innovative program of original research, critical engagement and technology development in their respective areas are invited to apply.

“The establishment of these CRCs is a testament to the strength and scope of our boundary-pushing programs and the leading-edge thinking, creativity and expertise of our faculty members,” said Fine Arts Dean Shawn Brixey. “These new research positions will advance the pioneering work being done in the Faculty of Fine Arts, integrating disciplinary rigour with interdisciplinary daring to explore, engage and shape new digital media technologies that are transforming our world.”

The Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance focuses on digitally mediated performance and embedded performance systems, investigating how digital media is transforming performance practice and how the experience of digitally mediated performance is increasingly animating and transforming cultural expression. The successful candidate will have demonstrated expertise in researching, developing and defining new directions in one or more of the following: the creation and application of digital technologies in live and recorded performance for dance, moving image, music, performance art and theatre; the investigation and creation of technologies that facilitate individual and collective performance of identity and social engagement through their enactment, reading and contextualization in digitally-mediated environments. Full details (PDF).

The Canada Research Chair in Interactive Information Visualization crosses the domains of the visual arts, digital media, performance, and design, and may engage collaborations with computer science and engineering. The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following: abstract visual representations of data from complex systems, real-time algorithmic video and animation, data-mining, interactive narrative and machinima, stereo 3D visualization, design for virtual environments, interactive environmental installation, sensing and control systems, telematics, user interface design, massive multi-user systems, large scale projection and tangible interfaces for media-rich environments.

http://webapps.yorku.ca/academichiringviewer/specialads/FFA-CRC-Digital-Performance1.pdf
http://webapps.yorku.ca/academichiringviewer/specialads/FFA-CRC-Information-Visualization1.pdf

Both CRCS will play an active role in Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, an interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit based in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York.

The CRCs are tenable for five years, and may be renewed once.

The application deadline for both positions is December 6, 2013.

The appointments are slated to take effect July 1, 2014.

The Canada Research Chairs program is the centrepiece of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. Aimed at attracting and retaining some of the world’s most accomplished and promising minds, the CRCs are designed to foster excellence in research practice, and the training and development of the next generation of pre-eminent researchers.

Media contact:

Amy Stewart, Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
416-650-8469 | amy.stewart@yorku.ca