2017_Passage_gPassage à découvert 2016, exhibition view, Galerie de l’UQAM

Passage à découvert 2017

Graduating students in visual and media arts (BFA), UQAM

April 21 to 29, 2017
Opening: Thursday, April 20, 5:30 pm

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Passage à découvert is an opportunity to discover the works of tomorrow’s contemporary artists and teachers who will take their place in museums, galleries and schools. The exhibition illustrates the students’ creative vitality, curiosity and freedom and bears witness to recent graduates’ professionalism and the excitement that their projects stir up. Presented each year, this exhibition also reveals the wealth and diversity of the programs offered by the École des arts visuels et médiatiques, which favours a multidisciplinary education.

2017_Esparza_gGilberto Esparza, Plantas autofotosintéticas, 2013-2016, detail of the installation (central core)

Gilberto Esparza

Curators: Nuria Carton de Grammont and Véronique Leblanc

May 10 mai to June 17, 2017
Opening: Tuesday, May 9, 5:30 pm

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The Mexican artist Gilberto Esparza’s practice sets up a stimulating dialogue between contemporary art, science and new technologies in order to reflect on the impact of human activity on nature. Created with the assistance of researchers (engineers, biologist, robotics engineers, etc.), these works are hybrid entities, half device and half organism, that focus on issues related to the environmental crisis. The artist’s first solo exhibition in Canada is dedicated to his latest work, Plantas autofotosintéticas, which he has carried out since 2013 in the contexts of various big cities. As Montreal celebrates its 375th anniversary, this installation invites us to envision the sewer network, which criss-crosses the city’s underground and is usually hidden away and outside of public awareness, as a system of real time energy and light production that makes it possible to keep an ecosystem in balance. A series of photographs excerpted from the project Plantas nómadas (2008-2013), a self-sufficient biological robot designed to live on the shores of polluted rivers, will also be displayed at the Maison du développement durable. Several educational outreach activities, to be announced at a future date, will accompany the exhibition.

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2017_BlaisMetivier_gCharles-Antoine Blais Métivier, Pub_1.psd, 2016

Charles-Antoine Blais Métivier. Objet de recherche

Graduating master's student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM

May 10 to June 17, 2017
Opening: Thursday, May 9, 5:30 pm

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The ubiquity of tactile interfaces and the digitization of media contents are transforming our relationship to the consumption and production of visual objects. While the tactile commands of mobile devices adapt to images to grant them a material and usable property, the technological apparatus is for its part sublimated by the fluidity of the interface that hides its inherent materiality in favour of a relation that is increasingly attuned to its user. Objet de recherche is interested in the intimate relation between users and their mobile devices, as well as in the synesthetic perceptions acquired through an addiction to these personal interfaces. By way of a participative set-up, the exhibition seeks to reveal the cultural or even political conquests that the sensorial experiences of users are now the object of.

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Université du Québec à Montréal
1400, Rue Berri, Pavillon Judith-Jasmin, Local J-R 120
Montréal, Québec
Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.
Free admission