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Jason Edward Lewis

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Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary / professor in design and computation arts
Concordia University
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Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media artist, poet, and software designer. He is based at Concordia University, Montréal, where he is the Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as a professor in design and computation arts. Professor Lewis founded the Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media at Concordia, which develops digital media in its conceptual, creative, and technical dimensions. At Obx, he directs research/creation projects devising new means of creating and experiencing digital texts, experimenting with systems for the creative use of mobile technology, designing alternative interfaces for live performance, and using virtual environments to assist Aboriginal communities in preserving, interpreting and communicating cultural histories. Professor Lewis is also the co-founder and the co-director of the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network and the Skins Workshops on Aboriginal storytelling and video game design.

Jason Lewis' creative work has been featured at Electronic Literature Organization, Ars Electronica Center, Elektra, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Urban Screens, FILE, and Mobilefest as well as in numerous exhibitions in North America and Europe. He has mounted performances in Montréal, London, Paris and Buenos Aires, and his writing about new media has been presented at conferences and festivals on four continents and in numerous edited collections. In 2014, his P.o.E.M.M. project won the inaugural Robert Coover Award in Electronic Literature. Professor Lewis has received major awards from the Ars Electronica and ImagineNative festivals. He is a former Carnegie Fellow.

Before joining academia, Professor Lewis spent fifteen years in Silicon Valley exploring early digital and networked media at the Institute for Research on Learning, Fitch Design, and Interval Research. In 2009, he founded Arts Alliance Laboratory, the research and development arm of London-based venture capital firm Arts Alliance. Born and raised in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California, Jason Lewis is Cherokee, Hawaiian and Samoan.