It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that we publish the news that Gisèle Trudel has been awarded the new MÉDIANE Canada Research Chair in Arts, Ecotechnologies of practice and Climate Change (2020-2025).
The Chair will develop a “relational zone” for artists, scientists and urban communities to discuss phenomena about changing climates. The Chair will offer an open-air laboratory to promote the circulation of ideas and actions.
The Chair will explore, artistically and in public space, datasets from the SmartForests research program led at UQAM by forest ecologist Daniel Kneeshaw, a pan-Canadian scientific network documenting climate variations about waters, soils and forests in Canada. Concretely, the exploration will be based on the sharing of practices between the two research programs. In addition, the host communities will be invited to share their experience of the art installations and the imaginaries they can inspire.
The proposals seek to build links between fields of research, physical environments and participant platforms, based on experimentation and dialogue.