Michael Bussiere
Since 2008
Works in Canada

BIO
Michael Bussière is an award-winning lecturer, researcher, and creative director specializing in new technologies and the arts. His career in both the classroom and in performance date back more than 20 years, when he first blended music, multi-media and computers onstage of Toronto’s Dumaurier Theatre Centre with Australian performance artist Stelarc. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory, the University of Toronto, and the State University of New York, Bussière received two national gold prizes in composition in 1987 awarded by SOCAN,
As a creative director and producer, Bussière’s works have been commissioned and presented by such prestigious venues as the Summit of the Americas, Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Bourges (France) Festival, Video Roma, The Banff Festival of the Arts, Music Toronto, the Dumaurier Theatre Centre, and the Canada Dance Festival, as well as nationwide on CBC Stereo and Radio-Canada. His productions have received over 20 commissions funded by both the Canada and Ontario Arts Councils. In recent years, Bussière has turned his attention to the development of interactive installations that expand current notions of computer music as a performance form. One such work is the VIP; a highly popular, interactive computer music sculpture commissioned for the Festival Plaza in front of Ottawa City Hall.
Bussière has been an acclaimed instructor at Carleton University where he received a rare perfect teaching evaluation according to a survey of student satisfaction. He founded and designed Canada’s first intensive undergraduate portfolio in new media within a fine arts faculty. He was also a research partner in RACOL, a landmark educational project that introduced videoconferencing technology into 5 remote communities in northern Alberta. Bussiere was a finalist in the Educator of the Year category of the 2000 Canadian New Media Awards.
Michael founded Sonic Design Interactive Inc. to conduct experiments in online performance, and to investigate the creative possibilities of performance-based broadband content. SDI Inc. has collaborated with numerous government, academic and private partners to create content for CA*net4 (the world’s first national research and education 10-gigabit lightpath), with research funding from such agencies as Industry Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, and CANARIE. He has presented this work at academic conferences from Singapore to the UK to Sao Paulo.