October 27, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), in collaboration with the OBORO artist centre and Wapikoni Mobile, is holding a creative lab called Déranger for young and established francophone multidisciplinary artists from First Nations and Inuit communities. From November 6 to 10, seven artists (Caroline Monnet, Geronimo Inutiq, Sébastien Aubin, Eruoma Awashish, Meky Ottawa, Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush and Ludovic Boney) will team up at the OBORO centre in Montreal to develop three prototypes of media artworks. Mentoring sessions will be given by artists Marc Séguin and Hannah Claus and gallery owner Pierre-François Ouellette.
Prototypes to be shown to prestigious organizations and the public
On Thursday, November 10, at the end of this five-day creative forum, the prototypes will be shown at OBORO to major players in the Montreal cultural scene (in the afternoon) and to the public (at 6:30 p.m.). Among the prestigious organizations planning to attend the showings are the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Phi Centre, Space for Life, Videographe, the Quartier des spectacles, Creos, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Arsenal, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN), Chromatic and the McCord Museum.
The lab is an initiative of Michèle Bélanger, Executive Director of Programming and Production for the NFB’s French Program, together with Caroline Monnet, the spokesperson and curator for the lab. The project is in keeping with the mandate and history of the NFB, one of the first producers of films made by Indigenous filmmakers. With its urban and contemporary edge, the lab will support and showcase the creative expression of multidisciplinary artists, explore new ways of creating, and give the public access to some truly innovative works.
Quotes from Michèle Bélanger and Caroline Monnet
“We have recently seen a real boom in projects and proposals involving multidisciplinary Inuit and First Nations artists. The idea behind this lab is to engage with these artists directly, to reach out to them wherever they are and in whatever discipline they practise and to offer them a new creative challenge in line with their talents and bold approach. These young artists have had an amazing journey and have already made their creative mark on museums and art galleries across Canada and around the world. Caroline Monnet, who serves as the lab’s curator, is a perfect example of this success,” said Michèle Bélanger.
“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,” said Caroline Monnet.
The seven guest artists at the Déranger lab will team up for projects blending diverse disciplines (visual and graphic arts, film and video, electronic music, sculpture) with the aim of creating fresh new prototypes of media artworks. OBORO will provide them with complete production facilities, including a recording studio, a sound studio, an editing room and computer graphics systems. Chanouk Newashish from Wapikoni Mobile will shoot videos, which will be accessible each day of the lab.
Public showing of the prototypes
with the artists in attendance
Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m.
4001 Berri Street, Suite 301
Caroline Monnet, an Algonquin multidisciplinary artist and the curator and spokesperson for Déranger; Geronimo Inutiq, an Inuit multimedia artist and electronic and electroacoustic musician; Sébastien Aubin, a Cree graphic artist; Eruoma Awashish, an Atikamekw visual artist; Meky Ottawa, an Atikamekw video maker; Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush, an Innu filmmaker; and Ludovic Boney, a Huron-Wendat artist and sculptor.
Visual artist, writer and director Marc Séguin, Mohawk visual artist Hannah Claus, and gallery owner Pierre-François Ouellette.
- Participating institutions
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Phi Centre, Space for Life, Videographe, the Quartier des spectacles, Creos, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Arsenal, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN), Chromatic and the McCord Museum.
Electronic Press Kit | Images, bios, credits, synopsis: Only available in French Déranger
Caroline Monnet video for Déranger
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Space for Life
Quartier des spectacles
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
Aboriginal People’s Television Network