Visual Arts DepartmentWestern Arts and Humanities

Christof Migone

PhD, Department of Performance Studies, New York University, 2007
MFA, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, 1996
BA, Concordia University, 1991



Christof Migone is an artist, curator and writer. His work and research delve into language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity and endurance. He co-edited the book and CD Writing Aloud: The Sonics of Language (Los Angeles: Errant Bodies Press, 2001) and his writings have been published in Aural Cultures, S:ON, Experimental Sound & Radio, Musicworks, Radio Rethink, Semiotext(e), Angelaki, Esse, Inter, Performance Research, etc. He obtained an MFA from NSCAD in 1996 and a PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts of New York University in 2007. He has released seven solo audio cds on various labels (Avatar, ND, Alien 8, Locust, Oral). He has curated a number of events: Touch that Dial (1990), Radio Contortions (1991), Rappel (1994), Double Site (1998), stuttermouthface (2002), Disquiet (2005), START (2007), STOP.(2008), and Should I Stay or Should I Go (Nuit Blanche 2010 - Zone C), and numerous others for the Blackwood Gallery between 2008 and 2013. He has performed at Beyond Music Sound Festival (Los Angeles), kaaistudios (Brussels), Resonance FM (London), Nouvelles Scènes (Dijon), On the Air (Innsbruck), Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), Experimental Intermedia (NYC), Méduse (Québec), Images Festival (Toronto), Send+Receive (Winnipeg), Kill Your Timid Notion (Dundee), Mutek, Victoriaville Festival, Oboro, Casa del Popolo, Théâtre La Chapelle, DHCArt, CAFKA, Museum Leuven, Whitney Museum, etc. His installations have been exhibited at the Banff Center, Rotterdam Film Festival, Gallery 101, Art Lab, eyelevelgallery, Forest City Gallery, Studio 5 Beekman, Mercer Union, CCS Bard, Optica. He has collaborated with Lynda Gaudreau, Martin Tétreault, Tammy Forsythe, Alexandre St-Onge, Michel F. Côté, Gregory Whitehead, Set Fire To Flames, and Fly Pan Am. A monograph on his work, Christof Migone - Sound Voice Perform, was published in 2005. In 2006, the Galerie de l’UQAM in Montreal presented a mid-career survey of his work accompanied by a catalog and a DVD entitled Christof Migone - Trou. A book compiling his writings on sound art, Sonic Somatic: Performances of the Unsound Body was published in 2012 by Errant Bodies Press. He has been the recipient of commissions from the Tate Modern, Dazibao, Kunstradio, Centre for Art Tapes, New Adventures in Sound Art, Radio Canada, New American Radio. He is a founding member of Avatar (Québec City).

Exhibitions (solo)

2010 "Disco Sec", Optica, Montréal
2009 "Fixation", CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College (curator Mireille Bourgeois)
2009 "Disco Sec", Axe-Néo 7, Gatineau
2008 "Disco Sec", Mercer Union, Toronto
2008 "Sale Sono", La Galerie d'art contemporain de Besançon, Besançon, France

Exhibitions (group)

2013 "Flipper A" for the echo Art Fair, Central Library, Buffalo, New York
2013 "Flipper A" for the Audio Out Listening Post, Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto
2013 "Record Release" for The String and the Mirror, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York (curators Lawrence Kumpf and Justin Luke)
2013 "Publick" for Drift, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario (curator Micah Donovan)
2011 "The Rise and Fall of the Sounds and Silences from Mars" for Electric Eclectics, Meaford (curator Gordon Monahan)
2010 "4 feet and 33 inches" for Non-cochlear Sound, Diapason Gallery, Brooklyn (curator Seth Kim-Cohen)
2009 "Disco Fall" for Massive Party, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (curator Ben Portis)
2008 "Crackers" and "South Winds" for C’est arrivé près de chez vous, Musée national des beaux-arts, Québec (curator Nathalie de Blois)
2008 "Auditorium" for Manif d’Art 4, Québec (curator Lisanne Nadeau)

Performances

2013 "Hit (duo)" for AKA Sounds Like Audio Art Festival, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2013 "Hit Parade" for CAFKA Contemporary Art Forum, Kitchener
2013 "Mixer" for Zilver Flotations, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium
2013 "Hit Parade" for Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam
2012 "4 feet and 33 inches" for The Future of Cage: Credo Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto
2012 "Hit Parade" for 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto
2012 "Hit Parade" for A survey is a process of listening, presented by Arika at the Whitney Biennial, New York
2012 "Hit Maker" for FAAS 3, Sudbury, Ontario
2011 "Hit Maker" for Trama Festival, Porto, Portugal
2011 "Hit Parade" for Trama Festival, Porto, Portugal
2011 "Hit Parade" for Send+Receive, Winnipeg
2011 "Fingering" for Espace [Im]Média at the Centre des arts de la scène Jean Besré, Sherbrooke, Québec
2010 "Fingering" for Electric Eclectics, Funny Farm, Meaford, Ontario
2010 "4 feet and 33 inches", "Evasion", "Snow Storm", "Hit Parade", Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland
2009 "4 feet and 33 inches", Music Gallery, Toronto
2009 "4 feet and 33 inches", Sala Rossa, Montréal
2009 "Hit Parade" for Musée national des beaux-arts, Québec (curator Nathalie de Blois)

Video Screenings

2012 "Hit Maker (Porto)" for the Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival, (curator Denise Markonish)
2012 "Hit Maker (Porto)" for Pixilerations v8, Providence, Rhode Island (curator Ed Osborn)
2010 "Snow Storm" for ON.Fire Conference at the Art Gallery of Ontario (curator Michelle Jacques)
2009 "Evasion", "Crackers", "South Winds", "Poker" at the TODAYSART 09 Festival, The Hague (curator Jan Rohlf)
2008 "P" and "Surround (360 objects)" for Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, Scotland, UK

Publications

2013 "Foursome", in Beckett and Musicality, eds. Sara Jane Bailes and Nicholas Till, UK: Ashgate (forthcoming).
2012 "Sonic Somatic: Performances of the Unsound Body", book, Errant Bodies Press (Berlin), 282 pages.
2012 "Boîte de transmission: écrits sur Thorax de Jean-Pierre Gauthier", in Inter No. 110, Langage Plastique, Québec.
2011 "la première phrase et le dernier mot", in Against Expression: An Anthology of Conceptual Writing, eds. Kenneth Goldsmith and Craig Dworkin, Northwestern University Press.
2011 "The Opening (30 days in the life of an exhibition)", essay for WOOD catalog, Blackwood Gallery.
2011 "The Rise and Fall of the Sounds and Silences from Mars", bookwork, Parasitic Ventures Press, Toronto.
2011 "Danger in Paradise", in Transmission Arts: Artists & Airwaves, ed. Galen Joseph-Hunter, New York: PAJ.
2010 "Auditorium", journal: Performance Research (Taylor & Francis Group, UK), volume 15/3, theme: "On Listening."
2010 "Touch that Dial: Creating Radio Transcending the Regulatory Body", in Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada, edited by Andrea Langlois, et al., Vancouver: New Star Books.
2010 "Auditorium", Performance Research (Taylor & Francis Group, UK), volume 15/3, theme: "On Listening."  
2010 "The Queer Voice Is Is Is Is Is...",  in the catalogue for the Queer Voice exhibition, ed. Ingrid Schaffner, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania.
2008 "On Off.", curatorial essay for the START STOP. catalog, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University.
2008 "Bouche… boue… oue : une somaphonie buccale", essay for Inter, No. 98 Espaces Sonores, Québec.

Published Audio Works

2012 "Fingering" 2xLP, Montreal: squintpress
2010 "Auditorium" excerpts for CD accompanying Performance Research (Taylor & Francis Group, UK), volume 15/3, theme: On Listening
2009 "Langue Distance" for Mercersound 09 CD, Mercer Union: Toronto (curator Dave Dyment)
2009 "Disco Sec", monograph with audio CD, Avatar: Québec City
2008 "Hole in the Hole 1" and "Hole in the Hole 2" for Inter No. 98 Espaces Sonores, Québec

Commissions

2013 Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax) for "Flipper" (in progress)
2012 New Adventures in Sound Art & SOCAN Foundation (Toronto) for "Radio Naked"
2007 Tate Modern/Resonance FM (London, UK) for "Foursome" a radio program based on Beckett's Quad

Awards

2013 Exhibition Award (as curator) for "Volume: Hear Here", Ontario Association of Art Galleries (O.A.A.G.)
2012 Exhibition Award (as curator) for "Seripop: Landscapes Events Reproducted", Ontario Association of Art Galleries (O.A.A.G.)
2007 Michael Kirby Memorial Prize for Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation, Dept. of Performance Studies, NYU

Presentations/Panels

2013 Presentation, "Door to Door to Door", The Ecology of an Art Scene Symposium, Canadian Art, City of Toronto Council Chambers
2013 Presentation, "Turn, turn, turn: undo's dizzy tactics" with Alexandre St-Onge, Tuning Speculation, York University
2013 Presentation, "Door to Door to Door", Tracing the City and Urban Encounters conference, NSCAD University
2013 Presentation, "Vox Unpopuli", Resonant Bodies: Landscapes of Acoustic Tension, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
2013 Presentation, "Sonic Somatic", Errant Bodies Project Space, Berlin, Germany
2013 Presentation, "Mouth Pores", Sarma - Laboratory for criticism, dramaturgy, research and creation, Brussels, Belgium
2013 Presentation, "Utter the Stutter", Museum Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
2013 Presentation, "Hearing Notes: Volume" and "Door to Door to Door", Harley Parker and the Challenge to Curatorial Authority Symposium, RMG, Oshawa
2013 Presentation, "Hearing Notes: Volume", Sound by Artists: book launch and panel talks, JMB, Toronto
2012 Presentation, "Contemporary Art Practices", Mississauga Central Library
2012 Presentation, "Unteachable: Provisos for a Para-Pedagogy", Universities Art Association of Canada Conference
2012 Presentation, "Door to Door to Door", Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal
2012 Presentation, "Radio Naked", New Adventures in Sound Art, Toronto
2012 Presentation, "Pneumatics: from formless to form and back again" for The Shifting Plane of Performance Symposium, Hart House
2011 Presentation, "Taciturntablism" for the Sound Art Theories Symposium at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2011 Presentation (keynote), "Unteachable: Provisos for a Para-Pedagogy" for the Out of Joint: Voices on Mentoring conference, Blackwood Gallery
2010 Presentation, "I Think, Therefore I Follow: The Sequitur Principle in Contemporary Conceptual Practices", for Traffic Conference, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
2010 Presentation, "Dynamic Curating in the Age of Anxiety", Ontario Association of Art Galleries, Oakville Galleries
2010 Moderator, "The Long Division – Discipline, Punishment and the Place in Between", Independent Media Arts Alliance, Toronto