Gilles Arteau (secretary)
Gilles Arteau was born in Sainte-Foy and has been living in Matane since 1997. He is part of the PHOS Festival photo + art in Matane. As an artist, he wears many hats: philosophy and experimental cinema teacher, union leader and political activist. In Quebec City, he founded the artist centre Obscure and was its president and coordinator for 15 years. Over a period of five years, he was mandated to work at the development of the project Méduse which brought together eleven cultural and community organizations. He has written theatre plays, in particular for Recto-Verso Productions in Matane. Gilles Arteau was also hired by the Carrefour de la littérature, des arts et de la culture (CLAC) in Mont-Joli to conduct an analysis of the potential and the development of the organization he later became the director of, until 2005. He founded Bruit TTV, a group composing performances from different sound tracks. Using his body and his voice as creative instruments, he is also a visual arts performer.
Claudia Bernal is a doctoral student in Arts Studies and Practices at UQAM. Her works are at the crossroads of visual arts, performative theater and literature. Bernal completed a Master’s degree in Theater at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQÀM), a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts/Creation of UQÀM, and in Philology and Languages from the National University of Colombia. In her works, the concepts of movement, migration, space, identity, are recurrent. Bernal presented his collective and individual work in several museums, artists’ centers and galleries in Argentina, Canada, Berlin, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Quebec, as well as in the public space between others in Buenos Aires, Brussels, Havana, Mexico City, Montreal, Paris, Prague and Vienna. Her works are also part of several collections, including those of the City of Montreal, the National Bank of Canada, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Cirque du Soleil, Hotello and the Memoria Foundation. Bernal was a Fellow of the Quebec Research Fund “Society and Culture” (FRQSC), the Council for Arts and Letters in Quebec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the UQÀM Foundation. She lives and works in Montreal and Bogotá.
Evelyne Bouchard (administrator)
Evelyne Bouchard lives in Montérégie and works wherever an idea has to rise. Born in 1975, she has completed a master in Rimouski. Her work has been presented in Canada and in Ecuador. Practicing infiltration, performance and action art through urban exploration heterogeneous cells, she accomplishes her goal through drawing, photography and by assembling artifacts. Her research questions interhumane malleability and relational impact. She aims to fix the sensitiveness of an encounter, the ephemeral invisibility of a moment so as to examine its potential to make attitudes change. She also takes part in several research groups such as U-Lab at the Social and Public Communication Department at the UQAM and at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at Concordia University in Montreal.
By completing a literature’s degree at Université Laval in Quebec City in 2000, Simon Dumas cofounded Rhizome, an organization dedicated to research and creation in the field of literary expression outside the book. Since then, he has been in charge of the artistic direction. Through work done within this NPO, he has presented interdisciplinary poetry shows in digital arts festivals in Europe such as Atoms at the Transnumerical Festival (Brussels, 2008), Para quedar/to remain human at Bains Bains digital festival (Paris, 2010) and Transatlantic duets, co-produced by Transcultures, at the City Sonic festival (Mons, 2013). For The Fall of the Piano—presented in Quebec City in letters, L’Escale du Livre (Bordeaux) and Mois Multi—, a co-production of Rhizome and éclats (Bordeaux), he co-wrote the text, co-signed the setting stage and designed the interactive video device of the scenography. In addition to the productions he has piloted for Rhizome, Simon Dumas has completed personal projects: four shows including Fade Out, an installation, Chœur (s), and a short film, Projections, which was presented at Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (2011) and more recently in 2018, Le désert mauve in collaboration with Nicole Brossard at Espace Go, Montreal. He has also published five titles of poetry, Pastels fauves, editions of the éditions du Loup de gouttière (2001), Petites îles de soif aux Écrits des forges (2003), La chute fut lente, interminable and Terminée aux éditions La Peuplade (2008) — finalist for Alain-Grandbois prize — as well as Mélanie (2013) et Révélations (2016), éditions de l’Hexagone.
Gaëtan Gosselin (co-chair)
Gaëtan Gosselin is the Executive Director of Recto-Verso Productions since 2008. For the last twenty years, he has been an active artist and a committed manager in the development and the promotion of actual arts. He assumed important responsibilities within several bodies of excellence organizations such as The Quebec Arts and Letters Council. He has namely worked to create Méduse, a solidarity cooperative in Quebec City and has actively participated in the foundation of the Sodart, the visual arts copyright collective management firm. He has also been president of the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels du Québec (RAAV); president of the Regroupement des centres d’artistes autogérés du Québec (RCAAQ) and an administrator of the Conférence canadienne des arts. Gaëtan Gosselin lives and works in Quebec City. His artistic works in photography have been presented in Quebec, Canada and abroad. His latest production was part of the exhibition program at the Centre VU and at L’Œil de Poisson galery.
In 2008, Emily Laliberté completed a master’s degree, a visual arts training that was shared between Laval University and the Regional School of Fine Arts in Nantes, France. As an artist and activist, she invests in her social and political creations, both spheres specific to professional contemporary art and the public domain and alternative presentation contexts. In 2012, she co-founded Les Productions Funambules Médias, whose mission is production, distribution and training in documentary cinema. She is the recipient of several awards and distinctions both for the quality of her artistic practice and for her social and community implications. His work was exhibited in Quebec, the United States, Europe and Latin America. Since February 2018, she has been the founder, general director and artistic director of Coup d’éclats, which carries out mediation, collaboration and co-creation projects linking professional artists and people living different forms of social marginalization. Starting from “splinters” of life, fragments of shared paths, we create creative and mediatic “strokes” in order to provoke a real social transformation by and for our participants. e. s.
Catherine Lalonde Massecar (co-chair)
Catherine Lalonde Massecar has been working in the field of interdisciplinary arts for the past fifteen years as an artist-researcher, initiator / promoter of numerous in situ and in socius projects. She is particularly interested in intimate relationships between the work and the viewer, as well as the relationship possibilities. Her projects of living art have taken the form of nano-performances, courses, long-term occupation of the territory, maneuvers and infiltrating art. She worked with the collective Farine orpheline cherche ailleurs meilleur before founding Péristyle Nomade in 2006, an organization dedicated to research and creation in new artistic practices. With Érick d’Orion (DuoMassecar • d’Orion), she has been developing projects since 2015, combining sound creation approaches, real-world practices, and clandestine dramaturgy. She holds a master’s degree in theater from Université du Québec à Montréal, subject of artistic infiltration and fragmentation of dramaturgy in urban territory (2011). In the fall of 2016, she began a PhD in Arts Studies and Practices.
At the crossroads between theater, performance and media arts, Émilie Monnet’s artistic practice revolves around issues of identity, memory, history and transformation. She is inspired by the symbolism of dreams and mythologies—personal and collective—telling stories that question the world as we know it. In 2011, she founded ONISHKA with the aim of creating shows born from unique collaborations between artists of different cultures and disciplines; then in 2016, Scène contemporaine autochtone (SCA), an artistic and critical event giving a space to Aboriginal creation in living arts. A small version of SCA was presented in Buenos Aires in March 2017 and brought together Aboriginal artists from Quebec and Argentina. From an Anishnaabe mother and a French father, Émilie lives in Montreal. Her artistic commitment is inspired by many years of activism with Aboriginal organizations (Canada and Latin America), and her involvement in arts projects with both female and youth Aboriginal women.