Research Affiliate

Eric Lewis is a professor of philosophy at McGill Univ., and the director of the Laboratory of Urban Culture (LUC).  His research focuses on the philosophy of improvised arts. He also runs the annual Koumaria Improvised New Media Art Residency.  Most recently he is the author of ”Intents and Purposes:Philosophy and the Aesthetics of Improvisation” with Univ. of Michigan Press.

Improvising the Archive

Lewis is developing an interactive archive portal to allow users to play the role not just of visitors, but curators and artists.  The archived material concerns the oral narratives of residents of rural Greek villages, and new media art created from these materials.  The project also involves assisting villagers in establishing their own micro-museums and exhibits concerning their oral histories.