Derrick de Kerckhove

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  • McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology

Job Title:

  • Director and Author


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    Derrick de Kerckhove (Belgium/Canada) is Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture & Technology and Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto. He was an associate of the Centre for Culture and Technology from 1972 to 1980 and worked with Marshall McLuhan for over ten years as translator, assistant and co-author. Derrick de Kerckhove has offered connected intelligence workshops worldwide, and suggests this innovative approach to business, government and academe to help small groups to think together in a disciplined and effective way while using digital technologies. In the same line, he has contributed to the architecture of a collaborative software now being developed by As a consultant in media, cultural interests and related policies, Derrick de Kerckhove has participated to the preparation and brainstorming sessions for the plans for the Ontario Pavillion at Expo ’92 in Seville, the Canada in Space exhibit, and the Toronto Broadcast Centre for the CBC. He was a member of several government task forces on developing a telecommunications policy for Ontario, designing a cultural policy for the francophone community in Ontario, and also appeared before the CRTC Public Hearing Committee on the Information Highway. He is presently a member of the Vivendi Institut de prospective.


    Director of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, at the University of Toronto, he is promoting a new field of artistic endeavours, which bring together, art, engineering and emerging communication technologies. His most recent publication, The Skin of Culture, Investigating the New Electronic Reality (1995, Somerville Press, Toronto) addresses the differences between the effects of television, computers and hypermedia on corporate culture, business practices and the market. In 1989, he curated Transinteractivity, the world’s first video-conference for the arts, between Paris and Toronto. Other works include Brainframes, Technology, Mind and Business (Utrecht: Bosch and Keuning, 1991), The Alphabet and the Brain (Springer Verlag, 1988), Understanding 1984 (UNESCO, 1984) and McLuhan e la metamorfosi dell’uomo (Bulzoni, 1984).


    Director of the McLuhan Centre at Toronto University; author of several books.

Current Location:

  • Belgium/Canada

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