Luc Courchesne was born in 1952 in St-Léonard d’Aston, Québec. He studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (Bachelor of Design in Communication), and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (Master of Science in Visual Studies).
He began his explorations in interactive video in 1984 when he co-authored Elastic Movies, one of the earliest experiments in this field with Ellen Sebring, Benjamin Bergery, Bill Seaman and others. He has since produced several installations including Encyclopedia Chiaroscuro (1987), Portrait One (1990), Family Portrait (1993), Hall of Shadows (1996), Landscape One (1997), Passages (1998), and Rendezvous (1999). In July 2000, he premiered at Siggraph the Panoscope 360, the first single channel panoramic viewer. Recently the extended 3.5 m version of the Panoscope was shown in New York for the first time. This version was also exhibited at transmediale.
His work has been shown extensively in galleries and museums worldwide: Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo’s InterCommunication Center (ICC), Paris’ La Villette, Karlsruhe’s ZKM/Medienmuseum, Montréal’s Musée d’art contemporain …His installations are part of the collections of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the ZKM/Medienmuseum (Karlsruhe), the NTT Intercommuncation Center (Tokyo) and of the Museum of Communication (Bern).
Luc Courchesne was awarded the Grand Prix of the ICC Biennale ‘97 in Tokyo and an Award of Distinction at Prix Ars Electronica 1999 in Linz.
Based in Montreal, Luc Courchesne is professor of information design at Université de Montréal and president of the Technological Art Society.