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28 May 2014

International Digital Arts Biennial: France given pride of place

The Association pour la Création et la Recherche Électroacoustiques du Québec (ACREQ) is marking the second high point of French-Québec cultural collaboration in digital arts during the first edition of the International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN), which is in full swing in Montréal until June 13, by giving France pride of place in its program.

A two-year partnership has been forged between Arcadi, the Île-de-France cultural agency, and ACREQ, the producer of the Elektra Festival and the new International Digital Arts Biennial, with funding from the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Consulate General of France in Québec City. This partnership will make it possible to develop an enduring network linking Québec and France in the digital arts discipline with a program exchange and market development structure for artists and organizations on both sides of the Atlantic.

The first part of this project was held in Paris in October 2011 at the Gaîté lyrique and the 104, where Arcadi presented a program featuring a broad array Québec digital arts productions at its Némo Festival under the Québec numérique banner, as well as a Marché international de l’art numérique (MIAN, International Digital Arts Market), which is already beginning to bear fruit with invitations to Québec artists from French and European broadcasters and event organizers. Québec numérique, which was a centrepiece of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Québec Government Office in Paris, was also an occasion for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec to organize a roundtable on digital arts.

The second part of this cooperation between France and Québec took place this spring with the presentation of the Out of the Blue / Into the Black Exhibition, which was inaugurated on May 2 in the presence of the Consul General of France in Québec City, Hélène Le Gal. BIAN also featured a wide range of French digital installations that were open to the public as well as to foreign broadcasters invited by ACREQ to its annual digital arts market. The digital installations are on display at the former Montréal School of Fine Arts, where digital arts expert Dominique Moulon gave a conference on May 5 on the theme Art, lumière et langages (Art, Light and Languages) with the participation of the artists.

This cooperation, which is made possible by the Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée, raises international awareness of Québec and French artists and stimulates future collaborations between digital arts organizations in Québec and France.

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