The Gaze

© F. Bonenfant, 2017

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© F. Bonenfant, 2017

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The Gaze

Recipient of the New Media Creation Grant for Young Artists

September 2016 – June 2017

Artist Talk
Thursday, May 25, 2017, at 5:30 pm

May 26 and May 30 to June 2 (noon-5 pm)

In partnership with the Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal
This event is part of the Montreal Digital Spring 2017


The Gaze is an installation that combines video, sound and interactivity. A young woman faces an empty chair, on which the viewer is invited to sit.

The Gaze explores the emotions that we unconsciously try to decode and normalize in our relation to others, as well as the dynamics of influence and uncertainty between individuals. The installation brings viewers face to face with their feelings in the context of a non-verbal conversation. The work speaks to the instability inherent in interpersonal relationships and to our instinctive desire to interpret the other’s gaze.

Thanks to the New Media Creation Grant for Young Artists, Martine Frossard was able to continue her research on the concept of individuality and on the way in which it gets fragmented and reinvented across time and experience. 

A project by Martine Frossard
Co-directed by François Bonenfant
Interpreted by Isabelle Guichard

This project was made possible thanks to the generous support of CALQ, through its Acquisition and Marketing program.

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Martine Frossard

The work of multidisciplinary artist Martine Frossard is centred on illustration, animation, and interactive installation. She explores the quest for identity and the way in which individuality gets fragmented and reinvented across time and experience. Going beyond illustration, she uses video animation as a medium to animate the metamorphoses of her characters’ identities. At the same time, she creates participatory installations in which viewers are invited to undertake their own identity quests.