Personnel

Directorship
Tamar Tembeck: General Director

Programming and New Media Lab
Aaron Pollard: Head of Research, Multimedia Sector

Anne Parisien: Programming Coordinator
Josée Brouillard: Technical Manager, New Media Lab
Marion Meyer: Administrative Coordinator, New Media Lab
Mireille N’Gouan: Accounting
Roberto Di Giacomantonio: In Charge of Visual Identity and Directorial Assistance
Sarah Eve Tousignant: Head of Communications


Stéphane Claude: Head of Research, Audio Sector

Stephen Beaupré: Gallery Technician and Maintenance

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NEWS

CHANGES IN OBORO’S LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE


From left to right: Tamar Tembeck, new General Director, Claudine Hubert,
outgoing Co-general Director and Artistic Director and Émilie Boudrias,
outgoing Co-general Director and Director of Development. Photo: Josée Brouillard.

Montreal, Thursday, June 14th, 2018 - OBORO’s name evokes the ouroboros - the snake that bites its own tail - a symbol of renewal and regeneration. On the eve of OBORO’s 35th anniversary, our artist-run centre is announcing important changes in its leadership. After having spent a total of 11 years within the organisation and seven as Co-General Director and Artistic Director, Claudine Hubert is now off to meet new professional challenges, as is Émilie Boudrias, who joined OBORO in 2015, and has held the position of Co-General Director and Director of Development since June 2017. Both are invested in ensuring a smooth transition so that the organisation’s new General Director, Tamar Tembeck, may continue to uphold OBORO’s mission when she begins her mandate in July 2018. A director of development is set to join Tamar in the coming months.

These changes in OBORO’s leadership structure are occuring at a time when the centre has received votes of confidence in the form of budget increases from our three major funders, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, le Conseil de arts de Montréal and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The board wishes to salute the commitment and exceptional contributions of OBORO’s outgoing Co-General Directors, Claudine Hubert and Émilie Boudrias, and welcomes Tamar Tembeck to its team.

Tamar Tembeck holds a PhD in Art History and is active as both artist and researcher in local and international cultural and academic sectors. Trained in the live arts (physical theatre and performance), her practice evolved toward exhibition curation, teaching and cultural mediation, in a desire to extend contemporary art’s reach to broader publics. From 2012 to 2018, she worked within a university research centre on media, technology and culture, where her responsibilities included conceiving and managing public programming and publication activities. She has developed university courses on cultural mediation, on performance and medicine, and on critical disability studies and contemporary art. Her history with OBORO began in 2008, when she was awarded a curatorial research residency. Since then, she curated the exhibitions Auto/Pathographies (2012) and Dream Mechanics (2016) at OBORO. Having served as a member of the board from 2014 to 2018, Tamar has a profound understanding of the organisation’s values and operations, and as such, is well poised to pursue its mandate for the artists and partners who make up OBORO’s community.  

Claudine Hubert arrived as Programming Coordinator in 2007, and joined the directorship team in May 2011 alongside OBORO’s cofounders, Daniel Dion and Su Schnee, and its longstanding administrative director, Bernard Bilodeau. During her seven year tenure as Artistic Director, she energized the programming with new projects including the Residency for Local Artists, the M&M Curatorial Research Residency with with Mexico City, and the Georges-Laoun-Opticien-OBORO Super Short Film prize. She also fostered numerous partnerships, including with the Viva! Art Action performance biennial, the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), Elektra, imagineNATIVE, Casteliers festival, all the while pursuing her predecessors’ work with the HTMlles Festival and Festival Accès Asie, through the creation of Intervalles, a short-term residency for emerging artists. Claudine acted as exhibition curator for Mathieu Beauséjour (2012), Lucie Chan and Hannah Claus (with Peter Flemming, 2012), Kristiina Lahde and Moridja Kitenge Banza (2018). She initiated many special projects, including a series of Reading Circles (2017) and Master Classes in Media Arts (2016), and led the organisation during the year 2017, dedicated to Indigenous artists and thinkers. Claudine contributed to OBORO’s positioning as a leader in its field with regards to artists’ working conditions. She has held mandates as a board member  of the RCAAQ, IMAA and Viva! Art Action, and was among the core members of the Table de concertation sur le numérique initiated by Conseil des arts de Montréal, which led to the creation of Composite evenings. During her tenure as Co-director, Claudine ensured the organisation’s financial stability and diversity through numerous transitions following its founders’ departure.  

Émilie Boudrias has been involved in cultural and digital arts organisations since the beginning of her career. She spent many years with Elektra and with the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN), and also worked for the Daniel Langlois foundation and Sylvain Émard Danse. Her stay at OBORO began in an interim role as programming coordinator from 2015 to December 2016, during which she notably organised an exhibition in tribute to the late Daniel Dion (curator : Su Schnee). Subsequently, as interim adjunct director, then as general co-director and director of development, she contributed to the organisation’s transition during a period of major changes that followed the departure of Bernard Bilodeau, after 30 years at the head of administration. She extended the organisation’s partnerships, and participated in its management, funding and overall vitality. In her capacity as director of development, Émilie actively worked to move forward the project for 4001 Berri, with the aim of regrouping the dynamism of the centres and organisations housed within the building. This was the occasion to host Rojin Shafiei as the first artist in a joint residence, and to set up the project Lanterne du 4001, Berri. Émilie spearheaded the cultural mediation project Coup de patin (with Geronimo Inutiq and Stephen Beaupré), which allowed citizens to appropriate the tools digital audio composition. She vibrantly represented OBORO through her participation in the Digital commission, led by Culture Montréal, and in the Composite jury organised by the Conseil des arts de Montréal.