Claude Schryer (1959, Ottawa, he/him) believes the arts, in the context of decolonization, can play a much more impactful role in shaping our collective future and has dedicated the rest of his life to this vocation. He is a franco-ontarian sound and media artist and arts administrator of european ancestry. He holds a MM in composition from McGill University and was actively in involved in the acoustic ecology and electroacoustic music communities in the 80’s & 90’s in Montréal, Banff and across Europe. From 00 to 20 he held management positions at Canada Council for the Arts in Inter-Arts, partnerships and as a senior strategic advisor. He currents produces the conscient podcast on art and the ecological crisis. He describes his artistic aesthetic as ‘an exploration of the liminal space between reality, fantasy and spirit’. He is also an environmental activist who volunteers wiht various organizations including Sectoral Climate Art Leadership for the Emergency (SCALE) (co-founder, 2021) and the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology (CASE) (co-founder, 1996) and regularly gives workshops, facilitates meetings, and participates in panels and presentations on art and sound and the ecological crisis. He is grateful to the Gesturing Towards Decolonized Futures collective and the Facing Human Wrongs course for guidance in his learnings and unlearnings. He is a daily qi gong practionner, swimmer, e-biker, son of artist Jeannine and (late) pathologist Maurice Schryer, husband of artist Sabrina Mathews, father of scientist Clara Schryer and history historian Riel Schryer.
Last update: September 22, 2023