Category Archives: Directors


David Morris

Associate Director of the Topological Media Lab

Chair of the Philosophy Department

PhD: The University of Toronto (1997)
MA: The University of Toronto (1992)
BA: The University of Toronto (1991)

My main interests are in Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology, Merleau-Ponty and Bergson) and Hegel, with a focus on the philosophy of the body, mind and nature in relation to current biology and cognitive science. I am currently studying the problem of the genesis of meaning and sense, in relation to biological and perceptual phenomena. My most recent publications are on: reversibility, expression, perception, animals, faces, embryology and ontology in Merleau-Ponty; organisms in Kant; embodied cognition; animals and humans, in relation to the problem of mind and body; method in Husserl, Bergson, and Peirce. My book The Sense of Space was published by SUNY Press in 2004.

Michael Montanaro

Associate Director of the Topological Media Lab

Chair of the Department of Contemporary Dance
 Concordia University

Graduate of Hartford Conservatory
- former Assistant Artistic Director of le Groupe de la Place Royale
- founder and choreographer of Montanaro Dance
 – has choreographed for a number of companies such as Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Danse Partout, the National Film Board of Canada, l’Opéra de Montréal
- collaborated on video sensing systems to create interactive works at the “Institute for Studies in the Arts”, Arizona State University
- has travelled world-wide as a consultant for an interactive image museum project based in Portugal.
- Choreographer for Varekai, a Cirque du Soleil production.

Michael has a background that has crossed the boundaries of many different art forms. Accomplished as a composer, musician, actor and trans-disciplinary artist, he is best known for his work in the field of dance.