Digital creation, dissemination and mediation through the new online immersive spaces.

This event is open to the public on our Youtube channel. Organized by UQAC – École NAD, Laboratoire MIMESIS and Hexagram.

The MIMESIS laboratory (École NAD-UQAC) and Hexagram present 3 lunch-meetings to bring together creators, researchers, experts and students, who will present their work and initiatives on modalities of artistic creation, dissemination, and mediation through the new virtual and immersive spaces.

Faced with the physical social distancing imposed throughout this past year, creators had to devise – often to improvise – new work processes and dissemination strategies. The (im)material conditions of production and exhibition, as well as the urgency to acquire new skills suddenly accelerated learning curves, prompted distributed collaborations, and instigated new modalities of presentation. Although digital creation is well-anchored in the landscape of Montreal’s art, cultural and creative industries, the “frame” [le cadre] of these creations is once again being probed.

During these three lunch-meetings, we will examine the new “out-of-frame” objects that emerged in the 2020-20XX context: creative works that no longer correspond to a specific genre or discipline, to a space, a type of institution or a designated audience. We will discuss digital, virtual and online interpretations of pre-existing projects, new ways for experiencing digital creations, case-studies of access and interactions enhanced by new technologies, and other forms of aesthetic experimentation.

These open sessions invite organizations, communities of practitioners and researchers to share recent projects or work in progress, and to exchange know-how and new best practices, in particular approaches developed by means of digital technologies to create and exhibit works and artistic experiences in the context that we are currently traversing.

May 13, 12 to 2 pm : CREATION

Invited Daniel Iregui, Artist
  • Biography

    Daniel Iregui is a new media artist who creates interactive sculptures, spaces and architectural  interventions using technology as a tool and an  aesthetic. He works with the infinite and  random combinations produced when an  audiovisual system is open for the audience to  transform it.

    In 2010 Daniel founded Iregular, an interactive  content creation studio where he produces his  work and commercial commissions. He was  born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1981 and currently  lives and works from Montréal.

The list of participants:

Stacey Cann and Jasia Stuart [Concordia University]: Un-Material
Nadine Valcin [OCAD University]: Our Home and Haunted Land: An Exploration of Memory, Space and Blackness in VR
Jean-François Robin and Amr El Kafrawy [Concordia University]: Memories of the Future
Pierre Chaumont [Artiste]: Loukanikos & Kanellos (Saucisse et Cannelle)
Christopher Salter [Concordia University]: Embodied Interaction in the Age of Flatness

May 27, 12 to 2 pm : DISSEMINATION

Invited Alain Thibault, Artistic Director ELEKTRA
  • Biography

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    Curator and artistic director in the fields of digital art, electronic music and sound art, Alain Thibault is the founder of two major events in Montreal, ELEKTRA, an annual festival presenting digital art performances since 1999, and BIAN, International Biennial of Digital Art, focusing on exhibitions, installations and public art since 2012. Also as an electronic music composer, his work has been disseminated in Quebec (Canada) and internationally.

The list of participants :

Yesica Duarte [UQAM]: Pinching (the body) to awaken (the conscience)
Arnaud Laffond [Artiste]: Sphères
Jean Ambroise Vesac [UQAT]: Hydro poésie : résidence de co-création
Reda Alouache [UQAC-NAD]: Le Projet Purgamondo
Luc Courchesne [UdeM] : Travaux récents: Apparitions; Ontologies éphémères

June 10, 12 to 2 pm : EXHIBITION

Invited Myriam Achard, Head of new media partnerships and public relations, PHI.
  • Biography

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    Myriam Achard has nearly 25 years of experience in the fields of culture and communications. She previously worked at Spectra, where she oversaw press relations for major Montreal events such as the Festival de Jazz, les Francofolies and Montreal en lumières. She has also worked at the Berlin Festival and the Cannes Film Festival. For the past 15 years, she has worked alongside Phoebe Greenberg in the development and promotion of the Canadian and international avant-garde arts scene. As head of new media partnerships and public relations at PHI, she travels the world in search of the most innovative and immersive works to be presented in Montreal. Over the past few years, she has focused much of her energy on representing PHI internationally. Creating a distribution network of immersive projects in which PHI is now involved as co-producer, operator, and distributor. Phi exports its creative impulse across three continents, from New York to Tokyo, by way of Venice. Myriam sits on the following boards of directors: Tourisme Montréal, C2 Montréal, XN Québec, Culture Montréal and Montréal en Histoires. In February 2020, she was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France.

Invité Alain Fiset, Assistant curator for engagement, PHI.


  • Daniel Fiset is a cultural worker based in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal. He holds a Art History doctorate degree from Université de Montréal, and has worked as an author, curator and educator in numerous Quebec and Canadian visual arts institutions, including OPTICA, esse arts + opinions, and the Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides. He currently holds the position of Assistant Curator for Engagement at the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art.

The list participants:

Jules Deslandes [UQAC-NAD]: Reenactement d’archives de la performance artistique comme Artists’ Game
Émilie Morin [Concordia University]: All Voices, Nameless and Singular : une performance alliant danse et technologies à écran: le travail de traduction du “live” vers la vidéo format web
Laurita Ricardo de Salles, Aquiles Medeiros Filgueira Burlamaqui and Hugo Alexandre Dantas do Nascimento [Laboratoire 10 Dimensions]: 10 Dimensions, 11 ans
Gisèle Trudel and Alice Jarry [UQAM and Concordia University]: Le partage du surplus: conversation croisée autour de l’événement Sympoïétiques – Le partage de l’agir et de l’autonomie (2020)
Stephanie Bertrand [Concordia University]: Virtual Museums and Public Access

The lunch meetings are co-organized and mediated by :
Manuelle Freire, Professeure associée UQAM et Coordonnatrice générale à Hexagram
Yan Breuleux, Professeur École NAD-UQAC
Louis-Philippe Rondeau, Professeur École NAD-UQAC
Benoit Melançon, Professeur École NAD-UQAC


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