COMPLETE ART PROGRAMME ANNOUNCEMENT: COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE

Culture & Creativity Topic | MTL connect 2023
OCTOBER 10-13, 2023 | Montreal
Full list of participating artists below

EXHIBITION | CONFERENCE | WORKSHOPS | PERFORMANCES

Montreal, October 6th, 2023 – Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) is thrilled to announce the full official programming of MTL connect: Montreal Digital Week‘s exhibition and artistic programme COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE. From October 10th to the 13th, 2023, local and international artists and researchers will explore our strength in numbers, community-organizing, and how to humanly connect in the digital age.

Join us and discover the work of leading thinkers, creators and performers in MTL connect’s Culture & Creativity Topic.


Marie-Eve Morrissette, ON/CONTACT. Photo credit : Flore Boubila

— EXHIBITION: COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE —

NAD – EXPO – Salle N6-107
October 10th to the 12th

Collective Intelligence is an art program that explores the notion of shared/group intelligence emerging from collaboration and the confluence of individuals’ respective talents, ideas and experiences.

A term used often in sociobiology and various departments in the Humanities, Collective Intelligence proves to be a compelling thematic for this year’s overall art programming; selected works are all the result of exchange, and possess a through-line of strength in numbers. They are located in the new paradigm generated by the intersections of infographics and real-time data, spatial audio and extended realities, that allow for new explorations of immersive and collective experiences. They shine a light on the personal in relation to the virtual, all while studying the potential societal transformations that could result from rapid technological progress and digitization of our reality. The exhibition features the following Canadian artists:
 

YAN BREULEUX | LOUIS-PHILIPPE RONDEAU | MATHIEU DEBLOIS | MARIE-EVE MORRISSETTE 


— PANEL, WORKSHOPS & MORE —

NAD + EN LIGNE
 

As part of the global <MTL connect> PRO Programming, our Artistic Director Erandy Vergara will present a panel with local researcher/artist Sofian Audry on their recent publication, Art in the Age of Machine Learning, on October 11th at NAD, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, setting off the following workshops and experience also taking place at the NAD:

Exploring and Exploiting Transdisciplinary Interactions Between the Arts and Sciences
by Raoul Sommeillier (Ohme)
Wednesday, October 11th8:45 AM to 9:45 AM | SOLD OUT
Ateliers Inspire #1 – Salle N5-206 (NAD) 

The workshop will revolve around the connections between the world of art and design, and that of science and research. Raoul Sommeillier will develop the concepts underlying these transdisciplinary interactions and their possible implications, drawing on current research in art/science, the results of his Wernaers scholarship project (F.N.R.S.) specializing in scientific communication and popularization, and in illustrating via various Ohme projects.

Ohme is a Brussels-based organization which explores and investigates these interactions between arts and sciences, thus contributing to the development of new conceptions of interdisciplinarity, with a keen interest in co-creation, knowledge sharing, research and the decompartmentalization of disciplines, mentalities and audiences. This involves the development of new forms of scientific mediation, artistic creation and innovation, through collaborative and transdisciplinary practices. The objective of the workshop will be to start from the interests and skills of the participants in order to jointly outline the bases of a creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary project in art/science. It will be a question of questioning the reflective and methodological aspects as well as anticipating the possible benefits of the transdisciplinary interactions involved and necessary for the development of the project.

Credit : David Wong

CTRL:N, by Audrey Gaussiran

Wednesday, October 11th11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Studio MTL connect (NAD)

In collaboration with Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD), CTRL:N immerses the audience in an interactive co-creation of contemporary flamenco. Accompanied by a musician and a digital artist, the dancer is inspired by the imagination and unique ideas of the spectators. Equipped with their cell phones, everyone is invited to participate by replying via text messages to the following prompts, which are projected on the screen live: What affects you in the news? Who is affected? How can this be translated into motion? Thus, this trio of artists engages in a creative and digital dialogue with its viewers.

VR DANCE PERFORMANCE by La Fougue/The Fury
October 11th and 12th
Quartier des Possibles – NAD

In collaboration with Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD), La Fougue/The Fury presents three distinct and evocative choreographic signatures by Margie GillisHélène Blackburn and Andrea Peña, in this immersive virtual reality experience.

Imagine having the opportunity to find yourself at the center of the stage, in complete immersion with the performers. Through the magic of a virtual reality headset it is now possible. Through a 40-minute experience at the heart of three extracts from emblematic pieces from their repertoires, adapted especially for the occasion.


— INTERNATIONAL DELEGATION TOUR —

All Across Montreal, October 11th & 12th
 

MTLconnect has the pleasure of welcoming an international delegation of curators and programmers hailing from New York, Los Angeles, Milan, and Brussels, and has organized a city-wide tour of artist-run centres, research institutions, galleries and studios that place digital arts at their forefront.

Over the course of two days, the delegation will be brought through a tour of the Plateau, the Mile End, Downtown and Rosemont, and will be visiting the following vital spaces: GIV (Groupe Intervention Vidéo), artist-run centre founded in 1970 dedicated to the promotion of video work by women; OBORO, artist-run centre that favours the development of art practices grounded in visual and media arts locally, nationally and internationally; daphne, non-profit Indigenous artist-run centre committed to serving the needs of emerging, mid-career and established Indigenous artists; Elektra, gallery that presents and promotes work created at the intersection of contemporary art and new technologies; TOPO, artist-run centre whose mission is to assist and equip artists in their exploration of contemporary digital art practices, Hexagram, an inter-university interdisciplinary network dedicated to research-creation addressing the relationships between arts, cultures, and technologies; The Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture & Technology, an institute for research-creation at the intersection of fine arts, digital culture and information technology; and World Creation Studio, a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen local creative communities by providing accessible studio space, creative mentorships, skill-building workshops, exhibition opportunities and digital media resources and tools.

The tour will be accompanied by lunches and capped off with MTL connect’s 5 à 7 programming; it is by invitation only.


— CLOSING PARTY—

S.A.T. – SOLD OUT!
October 13th, 10:00 PM
 

On Friday, October 13th, Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique) is once again proudly partnering with OCTOV for the MTL connect Closing Party at the renowned Société des arts technologiques (1201 Boulevard Saint-Laurent) from 10:00 PM onwards. Taking over the DJ decks will be international heavy hitters Elise Massoni (FR), JKS (FR) and OTON (BEL). You can count on VJs Alex Vlair and Diagraf to accompany you along your trip. OCTOV is a pioneering techno collective in Montreal, having hosted artists from all corners of the globe since 2014. They’ve curated a diverse and inclusive bill yet again that will undoubtedly create a magical and melancholic dance floor. Stay tuned for upcoming communications from Printemps numérique.

The Consulate General of France in Quebec pilots and manages the relationship between France and Quebec, firstly the rich political and economic exchanges and, more broadly, a constant dialogue between leaders and civil societies on contemporary issues. Through its cultural action, the Consulate General of France in Quebec advises, designs, develops and promotes Franco-Quebec artistic and cultural projects, particularly related to youth, digital technology and innovation.

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