Board of Directors
Louise Provencher is an independent curator, art critic and philosophy professor. Director of the collection Lieudit (CDD 3D), in the last years she has been interested in an archeological approach to the research of medias/technologies. She has spoken at a number of conferences and has published texts on this subject in many journals and catalogues. She has also curated a number of exhibitions, including: Porter le mur comme le masque by Michel Goulet and Montréal/Télégraphe : le son iconographe; the international colloquium Electre et Magnete on electromagnetism and the arts (UQAM 2003, OBORO 2004 et 2005); and Corps Électromagnétiques in collaboration with Nina Czegledy.
Colette Tougas is active in the field of publishing as a translator, writer, editor and coordinator. She has worked in various cultural domains in Quebec, and Canada, particularly in the visual arts. She has written essays on art, a novel and other fictional texts. In addition, she has acted as an exhibition curator and served on various boards of directors and advisory committees. For several years, she was also managing editor of the contemporary art magazine Parachute.
Pascal Dufaux creates robotic optical devices which he uses to produce photographs and media installations. He recently participated in the 23rd edition of Instants Vidéo de Marseille (France), curated by Marc Mercier, in the Paranoïa exhibition curated by Charles Carcopino (Créteil, Maubeuge and Lille, France) and at the Mapping Festival in Geneva (Switzerland). His kinetic video sculpture, Fountain, has been presented as part of the first Biennale internationale d’art numérique (BIAN) organised by ELEKTRA under the curatorship of Alain Thibault in Montreal (Canada) in the spring of 2012. Pascal Dufaux is represented by the Joyce Yahouda Gallery, in Montréal.
Stephen Lawson creates for television, radio, video, theatre, music and print, since 1985; his work is situated at the border of many disciplines. He is cofounder of the troupe PRIMUS, a group that between 1989 and 1998, produced a number of multidisciplinary and media productions. Stephen Lawson has organized many creative workshops and opportunities for exchange between communities and artist groups in Canada, the United States and Europe. He has also worked on a large number of videos, both as an individual artist, and in collaboration with artists such as Erika MacPherson, Aaron Pollard and Lori Millan.
Daniel Dion is a multidisciplinary artist who, for the last 20 years, has been pursuing research and producing video, audio, photographic and new media works. His practice is primarily focused on theoretical, aesthetic and spiritual paradigms that marry art and communication. His works have been presented across North America, Europe and Asia. In 1993, the National Gallery of Canada organized an exhibition of his single channel video and installations, for which he created his most widely recognized pan-disciplinary work: Salon de thé mondial, a project that has since been shown around the world. Daniel Dion's interest in cross-cultural paradigms and practices has served as a motivation for him to instigate many exchanges between artists from a number of countries including Canada, India, Cuba and Japan.
Gisèle Trudel is an artist. She works under the name Ælab, an artistic research unit she founded in 1996 with musician and sound engineer, Stéphane Claude. The duo have developped a rigorous artistic practice with presentations in Canada, Europe and Asia, produced with support from the CAC, CALQ, FRQSC and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. Their projects experiment with the relationship between nature, philosophy and technology through an ecology that links the arts and sciences. Trudel also co-founded in 2008 grupmuv with professors M. Boulanger and T. Corriveau, a research-creation group dedicated to drawing and the moving image. Trudel is Professor at the School of Visual and Media Arts (UQAM), Director of HexagramUQAM and acting codirector of HexagramCIAM.
aelab.com; hexagram.uqam.ca; grupmuv.ca
Active for over a dozen years, Peter Flemming is a folk machinery artist, doing electronics handcraft ‘by ear,’ tinkering intensively and intuitively in the studio. He has exhibited extensively internationally and been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies. An occasional writer and curator, he has produced exhibition texts for other artists. He is an active board member or member of several local arts organizations. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Flemming currently lives and works in Montréal, where he teaches electronics for artists at Concordia University.
Sylvie Cotton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Montreal, Quebec. Her work began in 1997 and is tied to performance, art action, drawing and writing-based practices, although installation forms are also regularly used to put together exhibitions. Her work turns around the creation of situations that establish a relationship with another, or an infiltration of another person’s personal world. The work is generally created in situ in public or private spaces and the results are subsequently presented in galleries and festivals, or are deployed outside in other sorts of public spaces (streets, elevators, parks and restaurants, for example. Residencies are also used as a medium for creative performative activity. Sylvie Cotton is also a writer and curator. She has organized events, directed publications and been a member of many visual arts working groups and committees. She has presented performance work and installations in Quebec, the United States, Finland, Estonia, Spain and Japan.
In 2004, with the objective of updating and maximising its artistic and administrative potential, OBORO undertook a full examination of its structure and governance. This quest brought forward a complete diagnosis of the organisation and gave birth to a Governance Policy.
Aware of the extreme usefulness this process had for OBORO, we are open to share our experience and path with the community. Since such a process is specific to each organisation and calls for context, we invite all those interested to contact us for more information.