Light Shadows

© Petro, 2018 and A. Plante, 2015

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© Petro, 2018 and A. Plante, 2015

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Light Shadows

M&M Residency in Mexico

From March 24 to April 14, 2019

In collaboration with Laboratorio de Arte Alameda and the Conseil des arts de Montréal

   

Interested in the meeting of cultures and aesthetics through the arts and new media, and motivated by the idea of creating and consolidating artistic relations between Quebec and Mexico, two regions of North America where digital and media arts are particularly dynamic and prolific, we hope to initiate our research and development of a project for presentation in the public spaces of both countries (and elsewhere!). Entitled Light Shadows, it will bring together installations and installation performances designed for outdoor presentations. At this point, we imagine creating a itinerary of works that, through the digital technologies they use, their space and their artistic intentions, will highlight the highly frequented outdoor urban spaces, offering a renewed look at media art for the public space, a counter-point to the design and entertainment projects that are increasingly common in our cities.

Our research interests focus on the relationship between the exterior and the interior of buildings, between the inside and the outside, the revealed and the hidden as well as showcasing the “reverse” of media work what is on the “reverse” in media work. Collaborative work, as a pair, also echoes the axis we want to develop: it will be reflected not only in our work model as an ad hoc collective and in the spirit that drives us, but also in the choice of artists we will make.

We imagine creating a body of work that can be adapted to different places and travel easily to allow multiple disseminations on the local, national and international scenes.

 

The goals of the M&M Curatorial Research Residency Program are to encourage dialogue and the sharing of knowledge and to instigate a means of creation and exchange between the active players of the contemporary art milieu in two major poles of contemporary art in North America. While allowing curators in Montreal and Mexico – established or emerging – to put forward ideas, concepts and innovative initiatives in current art, this program will act as a strategic platform for bridging the two communities together.

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Ariane Plante

After studying anthropology, Ariane Plante became involved in the cultural and artistic community as a freelancer. Since 2006, she has worked with organizations and artists, either as curator, programme planner, writer, producer, consultant, artistic director and advisor or as project manager. Self-taught artist, she develops a professional practice in media and visual arts. She is a fellow of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec as an individual artist, and of Première Ovation, as an artist, author (scriptwriter) and independent curator. Her work has been promoted in Quebec and France. In 2015, she was appointed curator of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Mois Multi, an international festival of multidisciplinary and electronic arts in Quebec City. She has also programmed an Art and Exploration component at the City of Québec Film Festival in 2017. Having written about the work of several artists, her works have been published in exhibitions, notably at Oboro, and in the magazine ETC media. She lives in Montreal and works in Quebec City and Montreal.

Claudine Hubert

Claudine Hubert is a writer and independent curator of digital and visual art, with a interest in the artistic potential of AI, in performance and institutional structures. She has been active in the Canadian cultural milieu for over fifteen years, beginning with the Symposium International d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in the early 2000s, and co-founding Third Space Gallery in Saint John, NB where she managed publications and community outreach. She was part of OBORO for 11 years, including 7 as General Codirector and Artistic Director, where she initiated a number of programs for artists such as the local artist residency, the curatorial research program M&M with Mexico City, and a wide range of professional development workshops in digital arts. She has been a board member of the RCAAQ and the IMAA and is today an active member of both Centre Clark and the Viva ! Art Action performance art festival. She holds a BA in Art History and an MA in translation studies. Claudine is currently providing Strategic Development for MUTEK, a festival of electronic music and digital art. Of settler descent, she was raised in the traditional territory of the Algonquin, in the Ottawa valley, and has lived Tiohtià:ke/Montréal since 1998.