Luc Courchesne is a pioneer in media art and design. From interactive portraiture to immersive experience apparatuses, he has developed innovative approaches that have earned him prestigious awards like the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas (Prix du Québec, 2019), the Grand Prix of the ICC Biennale 1997 in Tokyo, an Award of Distinction (1999) and several Honorary Mentions (1994, 1996, 2002) at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. They have also led to an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1994), an invitation by Nam June Paik to present at the Gwangju Biennale (1995) and participations in Wired’s NextFest in Chicago (2006) and New York City (2007). His work is part of major public and private collections in North America, Europe and Asia, including the ZKM (Karlsruhe), the ICC (Tokyo), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal). A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1974) and of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984), Courchesne was a student of Otto Piene, Michael Snow and Anthony Mann. Luc Courchesne is a founding member of the Société des arts technologiques, honorary professor at Université de Montréal and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
“By inventing a device that allows for visual immersion, [Courchesne] was able to include panascopic images in his installations, an innovation that transforms viewers of the work into visitors, actors and even inhabitants of his experiential contrivances.
His work has made him one of the key creators/inventors to have opened new avenues and blazed new trails for practices that are sure to grow in leaps and bounds as fresh generations of creators enter the field of digital art.
As the owner of the gallery that exhibits his works, I have had the honour of working with Courchesne since 2003, and we have collaborated on more than 25 occasions. I am particularly proud of this association with an internationally recognized artist who is a pioneer in new media and the digital arts, and the first recipient working in the digital arts to receive the Prix Paul-Émile Borduas in 2019.”
Nominator: Pierre-François Ouellette, Director, on behalf of Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (PFOAC)
“Luc Courchesne’s work has made him one of the key creators/inventors to have opened new avenues and blazed new trails for practices that are sure to grow in leaps and bounds as fresh generations of creators enter the field of digital art.”