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NFB launches Déranger, an intensive creative lab. Over a five-day period, seven francophone First Nations and Inuit multidisciplinary artists will create prototypes for artworks that will be shown to the public.



September 15, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

From November 6 to 10, 2016, at the OBORO artists’ centre in Montreal, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) will be holding a creative lab for seven young and established francophone multidisciplinary artists from First Nations and Inuit communities. The artists will spend five days working together to develop three prototypes for works in the media arts. The aim of the Déranger lab (which takes its name from the French word meaning “to disrupt or disturb”) is to support and celebrate the contemporary artistic practices of these talented creators and to encourage them to explore and innovate. The lab is an initiative of Michèle Bélanger, Executive Director of Programming and Production for the NFB’s French Program, together with multidisciplinary artist Caroline Monnet.

As Ms. Monnet, spokesperson and curator for the NFB Déranger lab explains, “By providing a contemporary space for expression without a focus on self-identification, we can challenge perceptions and think outside the boxes into which Indigenous artists are too often placed.”

Working in teams, the seven guest artists at the Déranger lab will collaborate on projects that blend diverse disciplines—including the visual and graphic arts, film and video, electronic music and sculpture—to create fresh new prototypes in the media arts. The lab will provide them with complete production facilities, including a recording studio, a sound studio, an editing room, computer graphics systems, and other equipment. After five days of intensive creation, the artists will present their prototypes both to potential production partners and to the public.

The seven guest artists

Caroline Monnet – Curator and Spokesperson
Algonquin multidisciplinary artist

Geronimo Inutiq
Inuit multimedia artist and electronic and electroacoustic musician

Sébastien Aubin
Cree graphic artist

Eruoma Awashish
Atikamekw visual artist

Meky Ottawa
Atikamekw video maker

Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush
Innu filmmaker

Ludovic Boney
Huron-Wendat artist/sculptor

Further details about content produced by the lab and its process, as well as various production and distribution partners, will be released shortly.


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