Matt Soar

Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University

2002 – PhD, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Matt Soar is an intermedia artist and experimental filmmaker/animator. His research-creation projects are often located at the intersection of residual and emergent media forms and practices.

Soar has written extensively about graphic design, visual communication, and cultural production for scholarly and professional audiences. His project Lost Leaders is an archival, scholarly, and artistic exploration of the histories of US/Canadian film leader standards. Soar is co-founder and director of the Montréal Signs Project, a growing collection of commercial and civic signs from around the city. In 2017 he co-curated, with Danica Evering, YMX: Migration, Land, and Loss after Mirabel, artist Cheryl Sim’s media installation exploring the legacy of the former Montréal-Mirabel International Airport.

Soar’s creative work has screened at venues such as ATA/Other Cinema, Poetics & Politics documentary symposium, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Orphan Film Symposium, Rencontre internationales du documentaire de Montréal, VISIONS Montreal, and the Engauge Experimental Film Festival.

From 2008 to 2016, Soar was co-developer of the Korsakow System, an opensource software application for digital nonlinear storytelling. His most recent Korsakow film, Les Enseignistes de Montréal, is a web documentary on the histories of signmaking and signmakers.

Soar has curated or co-curated seven shows, including collaborations with artists Perry Bard, Cheryl Sim, and Midi Onodera.

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