The Office of Rules and Norms (ORN) is an arts-based transdisciplinary studio headquartered in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University. The Office engages with regulations, the rule of law, cultural norms and market standards. These engagements reveal, comprehend, play with, subvert, and transcend current ways of understanding and acting in relation to regulatory forces in order to make room for more equitable alternatives. In its attempts to query legal and behavioral urban infrastructures, the ORN specifically deploys art and design practice, culture, and methods along three axes:
Art as Subversion | Intervening in grey areas of regulation
Art as Pedagogy | Making public various forces and forms of influence
Art as Decision-Making | Reorienting modes of knowing and deliberating


Andrés Salas

Creative Researcher, Grey Areas Desk

Andrés Salas is a Humanities PhD student at Concordia University working at the intersection of mining, critical infrastructure and alternative epistemologies. Andrés is a visual artist from Colombia, living and working in Montreal. He is actively committed to the communities where he has worked and lived, developing artistic projects that explore local dynamics but deal with global problems. He was recently awarded with a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Jonathan Lapalme

Co-Founder, Consultant

Jonathan holds a Masters of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. He has been working for more than ten years on various types of urban related challenges and innovations, acting either as a strategic designer, entrepreneur, curator, documentary filmmaker, writer or speaker. Jonathan co-instigated a number of organisations and initiatives to address issues such as chronic vacancy, heritage destruction, biodiversity loss, and lack of regulatory infrastructures, to name a few. Lapalme's work has appeared in a number of magazines, newspapers and museums.


Joëlle Dubé

Creative Researcher, Future Generations Desk

Currently pursuing a PhD in Humanities at Concordia University, Joëlle Dubé is researching the intersectional temporalities of intergenerational (in)justices and digital art. More precisely, she is interested in developing a more generous form of empathy, one that would have a broader temporal reach and that could extend further in the future so as to include future life (both human and more-than-human). Positing relationality at the very center of her theoretical and conceptual preoccupations, her aim is to investigate ways of rearticulating the relationship between the currently living and life-to-come. Her approach to art and matter rests at the crossroads of philosophy and art history.

Madelyn Capozzi

Creative Researcher, Future Generations Desk

Madelyn Capozzi is a graduate of Concordia’s BFA in Design. She is interested in how humans relate to the world and each other, how our modes of relating intersect with prevailing philosophies and institutions, and how such macro-structures shape, limit, or facilitate autonomous action. With Joëlle Dubé at the Future Generations Desk, Madelyn explores the potential of creative experiments for fostering long-term and relational thinking in democratic discourse. As a Shock Value Fellow for the Anti-Speculation Desk, she challenges the dominance of financial value by proposing rent-free living as an instrument for alternative economic practice. In her creative engagements, she strives to center self-determination and ecological wellbeing.

Marie-Sophie Banville

Lead, Anti-Speculation Desk

Marie-Sophie  has a master's degree in urban planning from Université de Montréal and a B.A in gender studies and political sciences from McGill University. Her academic research background touched upon complex systems theory, postructuralist philosophy, affect and embodiment as epistemology. Over the years, she did work in community organising, non-speculative innovation in housing and real estate strategic development and philosophy of finance. She is also an author and independent journalist who focuses on housing, planning  and ethics. Banville’s pieces have appeared in academic, specialised and general publications.


Salma El Hankouri

Creative Researcher, Grey Areas Desk

Sarah Brown

Lead, Grey Areas Desk

Sarah Brown is the Advisor, Strategic Initiatives and Special Projects, for The Faculty of Fine Arts.

An interdisciplinary artist and architect, with over 15 years' experience in artistic direction and arts management, her practice lies at the intersection of art, architecture, community engagement, activism, politics, and bureaucracy.

Her work at the Faculty of Fine Arts focuses on connecting students and emerging artists with cultural and community partners through innovative trans-disciplinary projects and initiatives.


Dark Matter Labs

In a context of climate breakdown and technological disruption, Dark Matter Labs focuses on accelerating societal transition towards collective care, shared agency, long-termism and interconnectedness. Our daily work ranges from policy and regulation to finance and data, from governance and democratic participation to organisational culture and identity. We organise our work around what this transition needs, and the things we want to see in the world. To keep that transparent, we undertake open work in collaborative partnerships to provoke alternative visions of the future, designing how they might look in practice, and experimenting in context to reveal how they could work and enable the necessary change.

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