Matt Soar, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, is Principal Investigator for the SSHRC-funded Proof in Process: An Iterative Approach to Experimental Film and Video in the Age of Transmedia (2011-2014). ARC is responsible for the ongoing development of the Korsakow System, a free, opensource software application for creating database narratives. From 2008 to 2011 Soar was PI on a FQRSC-funded Appui à la recherche-création project, Concordia Interactive Narrative Experimentation and Research Group or CINER-G. The Group’s final year of funding culminated in Database | Narrative | Archive, an international symposium on digital storytelling, held at Concordia University in May 2011.

Dr. Soar is an intermedia artist and graphic designer with graduate degrees in Communication. Soar has been making experimental films for the past five years. These have included collaborative animations (Girl Talk Rotoscoped, a short film he made with 65 first-year undergrads, was featured in the NFB documentary RIP! Remix Manifesto, and has over two million views on Youtube; Oh No Bear!, a short animation, was screened at Montreal’s NDG Off The Wall festival in 2012; Soar’s Korsakow film, a ‘database diary’ about living in southwest France, was screened in part at the Apple Store Montreal, and launched on the web in 2012.) His most recent, ongoing project, Lost Leaders, involves working with found footage, primarily 35mm commercial film leaders. These have been shot with macro lens and microscopes to create abstract moving imagery, which is accompanied by soundscapes composed and recorded by sound artist Jackie Gallant.

  • Excerpts from my nonlinear web film Ceci N’est Pas Embres appear as a contribution in Quickened: A Lyrical iBook for Postindustrial Doing, designed and edited by Adrian Miles (RMIT), and published in the online journal Axon, April 2013.
  • If you’re asking it’s not fair dealing: Animating Canadian copyright issues in a read-write classroom. Forthcoming in R. Coombe & D. Henry (Eds.) Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian culture online, University of Toronto Press.
  • 26 ways of thinking about a graphic advocacy poster. Forthcoming in Resnick, L. (Ed.) Graphic Advocacy: International Posters for the Digital Age (2001-2012).
  • Making (with) the Korsakow System: Database documentaries as articulation and assemblage. Forthcoming in Summerhayes, C., Hight, C. & Nash, K. (Eds.) New Documentary Ecologies (Palgrave).


Research Interests:

Design, database documentary, cultural production, visual culture, representation