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Vidéographe: 50 years of creation and engagement
January - Décember 2021
Celebrating a community
In 2021, Vidéographe celebrates 50 years of continuous commitment to the research and dissemination of video and experimental moving image practices. Still driven by the creative spirit of its founders, Vidéographe is planning a year of celebration that will bridge generations of artists, with an emphasis on creation, collaboration and the sharing of works from its collection.
The different initiatives we have in store will bring together close to 90 artists, thinkers, curators and partner organizations, to reflect the ideal community that Vidéographe has embodied since its official opening. This project has been designed to take place despite the physical distancing regulations that are currently in place and may continue to be for an indeterminate length of time.
Some of the highlights of these celebrations include:
- The Vidéographes
Artist Luc Bourdon, in collaboration with the team at Vidéographe, has curated 50 videos covering 50 years of videomaking. Closely linked to the history of our organization, he has drawn on some 2,300 works in the Vidéographe collection. This project will bear witness to the evolution of genres, practices, styles, subjects, opinions, and preoccupations of videomakers, video artists and those who have ventured into the making of a videographic work. These works will shine in Quebec, Canada and internationally with our partners.
- From January 2021, videos from the Vidéographe collection will be presented as part of special programs at festivals in Quebec and internationally, including at the Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival (USA) from January 20 to 29, 2021, at the Canadian Cultural Centre on January 26 and February 2, 2021
A new digital publication (scheduled for fall 2021) will retrace the history of Vidéographe and Quebec video over the past 50 years. Artists, researchers and curators will be called upon for this production. This will be the third publication available on Vithèque.com, following Corps-à-corps: The Work of Donigan Cumming and Marc Paradis, an Ogre’s desire published in the spring and in the fall of 2020.
- Robert Forget Award
Named in honour of the visionary who initiated Vidéographe as well as the Cinérobothèque, the Robert Forget Award will be presented to a Quebec artist, curator, or researcher who has made an exceptional contribution to the development of moving image practices in Quebec. The award will be given in November 2021 to commemorate the opening of Vidéographe’s doors on St Denis Street, which took place on 28 November 1971. The jury for this first edition will comprise Pierre Hébert, Nicole Gingras and Paul Wong. The award will then be given every two years.
- A creation residency during which established/mid-career and emerging artists will be paired. This residency is intended for the creation of single-channel videos that could take a variety of forms, such as: video art, animation, digital art, video essay, documentary, or dance video.
* Please note that this project will be subject to a funding application. Its realization is contingent on obtaining this funding. Only selected candidates will be contacted *
- To Vidéographe with Love…
We invited our members who wished to to produce a ‘video card’ in the form of short videos that will be regularly published on social networks throughout 2021. Our aim is to celebrate the experimental forms of moving image practices as well as the artists who created them, and to flood our community with enlightening, bold and creative images.
- Outdoor screenings, artists talks, master classes and special events will complement this anniversary programming during summer and fall 2021.
Stay tuned for more details!