Premier pas falls under the umbrella of the Projet de formation en multimédia, a partnership between La Maison des artistes visuels francophones (MDA) in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba, and OBORO in Montreal. This three-year project consists of developing and putting into place events geared towards education, dissemination and professionalization as they relate to artistic growth and criticism in the Multimedia Communications program at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface.
This year, artist Valérie Lamontagne, representative of the OBORO artist centre, led workshops for students and gave a public talk at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art). After finishing their studies, artists Zoé Fortier and Elize Fulkerson will undertake two residencies at OBORO (September 2009 and January 2010) to work on projects, which will subsequently be presented at MDA.
In her installation project, Fragments, Zoé Fortier explores the exodus of cultural minories and its effects. Using traditional animation and multimedia, Fragments examines the cultural relationships that exist, despite the scattering of group members.
During her residency, Élize Fulkerson will pursue her 3D animation research in order to develop a series of unique characters and environments. The artist will focus on the modeling of various elements of animation.