Philomène Longpré Octopus

Date(s): Feb 21 to Mar 20 2004


© P. Longpré, 2003

Vernissage on Saturday, February 21, at 5 pm

A video is projected onto a moving structure where images and sounds explode with all of their poetic strength. This place invites visitors to explore the links between individuals and their environments, and the sudden changes that these trigger. Octopus proposes a reflection on a person’s interactions with the surrounding network of human relations, as s/he is absorbed in the construction of his/her own space. This piece highlights the influence of others’ actions—who sometimes ignore their own import—on a precariously constructed individual space. Interactions between an individual and his/her milieu provoke changes whose cause remains hidden to this individual and those with whom s/he is in contact. Octopus questions individual reactions to mass behaviour and to the everyday turmoil of events. Anger, destruction, liberation—visitors must find their own meaning.

© P. Longpré, 2003

After completing a DEC in studio arts at the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and receiving the Mérite Culture prize in 1999, Philomène Longpré spent six months in Asia in an advanced training course. Back in Montréal, she studied art history at the Université du Québec à Montréal and completed a BFA at Concordia University. Following a one-year student exchange program at the University of New Mexico, she participated in various artistic projects, winning Concordia University’s New Millennium Scholarship 2001, the Stanley Mills Prize Purchase 2001, the Golden Key International Honour Society 2002, as well as Hexagram’s Prix d’excellence 2003.

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