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Doug Back (born 1954) is a Canadian media artist.[1][2]

Doug Back
Born1954 (age 64–65)
Known forelectronic art
AwardsPetro Canada Award for Media Arts


Back is noted for his early contributions to the field of media art.[3] He was a frequent artistic and academic collaborator with Canadian media artist Norman White. One of their most widely cited works together is Telephonic Arm Wrestling[4] (1986), an arm-wrestling performance conducted between Paris and Toronto over telephone lines.[5][6][7][8] Together, they were pioneers in the early teaching of physical computing at the Ontario College of Art and Design.[9][10]


In 1989, Back received the Petro Canada Award for Media Arts, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts.[9]


  1. ^ "Artist/Maker Name "Back, Doug"". Canadian Heritage Information Network. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Doug Back". Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Caroline Langill Interview with Doug Back". Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  4. ^ Derrick De Kerckhove (1998). Connected Intelligence: The Arrival of the Web Society. Kogan Page. ISBN 978-0-7494-2780-1.
  5. ^ Derrick de Kerckhove (2000). L'intelligence des réseaux. Odile Jacob. pp. 97–. ISBN 978-2-7381-0896-8.
  6. ^ Louise Poissant; Pierre Tremblay (1 January 2010). Ensemble Ailleurs. PUQ. pp. 141–. ISBN 978-2-7605-2486-6.
  7. ^ Turner, Jeremy. "INTERVIEW WITH NORMAN WHITE ABOUT EARLY TELEMATIC ART AT OPEN SPACE GALLERY IN VICTORIA, CANADA". Open Space. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  8. ^ Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (30 June 2006). Human Creation Between Reality and Illusion. Springer Science & Business Media. pp. 123–. ISBN 978-1-4020-3578-4.
  9. ^ a b "Doug Back". V2_Institute for the Unstable Media. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  10. ^ David Rokeby; Sara Diamond; Su Ditta (2004). David Rokeby. Oakville Galleries.