Milieux is an interdisciplinary graduate research institute for new media arts, digital culture and information technology at Concordia University in downtown Montreal

Meet Our Research Clusters

Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) studies digital games as exemplary objects for cultural research, artistic creation, technical innovation and social mediation, all in the context of an expanding information society and the changing fabric of everyday life.
Speculative Life is a research cluster at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, design, and art. Our research activities focus on critical approaches to the environment, infrastructure, biomedia, digital culture and AI. Established groups in the cluster include the Biolab, Critical Anthropocene Research Group, Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality, Disrupting Design, the Concordia Ethnography Lab, Financializing Infrastructures, and Machine Agencies.
Post Image is a dynamic research space with an open studio access model that strives to foster an image-based research culture that locates itself in-between institutional and community driven art making. Its initiatives, events and facilities are grounded in studio practice and prioritize collective models in the learning and sharing of ideas combined with self-directed research.
Textiles and Materiality brings together research-creation expertise from textile arts and material culture to experiment with methods, processes and interdisciplinary modes of thinking that will shape the future of textiles, material objects and charged experiential spaces. The cluster fosters such expertise as complex weaving, electronic fabrics, interactive garments, rapid prototyping technologies, emerging materials, soft surfaces, and smart fashion.
The Performing Arts Research Cluster (LePARC)’s mission is to investigate performance practices by facilitating collaborative encounters through an interdisciplinary hub. Its artist-researchers study the positive transformative impacts of performance practices on individuals and societies, and develop creative theories, methods, technologies, perceptual strategies that strengthen these impacts. The act of performance figures as the core part of the research at the cluster, with learning-by-doing as an essential part of their approach.
Media History focuses on understanding historical developments in media technologies and communication, ranging from the ARPANET to the ZX Spectrum. Theory and methods of media historiography are central, with a focus on emerging but robust subfields such as media archaeology, variantology, new materialism, circulation theory, and technology writing.

Indigenous Futures explores how Indigenous people are imagining the future of their families and communities by employing art- and technology-making, coupled with scholarly analysis and conceptual development, to illuminate how the challenges of the present can be addressed, in part, through concrete, constructive, and critical dreams of the future.

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