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Mentorship

Vidéographe’s mentorship program is intended to encourage the professional and artistic development of artists in the early stages of their career. Selected participants in this program will be entitled to 16 hours of consultation time with a professional artist in their field, and to take a course at Vidéographe. They will also have access to our digital lab and screening equipment, depending on the nature of the project. The mentorship program can help in developing a new project, exploring a new technique, or completing a work-in-progress.

The 2020-2021 edition of the Mentorship Program benefits from the financial support of RBC through RBC Emerging Artists program.

The profiles of the artist-mentors participating in this program can be found below.

To see the call for submissions for the 2021-2022 edition of the mentorship program, click here.

Guillaume Vallée

Guillaume Vallée

experimental
movie-maker

Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independant curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts – Film Production option. He’s interested in alternative forms of moving images in analogue forms as a way of considering the direct interaction between different mediums. His work is an exploration of materiality within the creative process. In attempts of creating a more complex relationship with his subject matter, Vallée makes use of cross-medium forms that range from camera-less techniques to optical effects, glitch, video feedback, resulting in expended & hybrid pieces. He works mainly on Super8, 16mm and VHS.

 

Vallée is questionning the notions of recycling & reappropriation, treating all material as found footage within a collaborative practice, in film, video & performance. His audiovisual performances  have been shown in various festivals in Canada, USA, France, Italy and Japan and his experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe and Winnipeg Film Group, have been screened internationnaly.

 

His work has been awarded in 2013, for The Yellow Ghost (Grand Prix Dérapage), in 2016 at the WNDX festival (Festival of Moving Image) for his short film, Le bulbe tragique (” Best Canadian Work ”) and il fait gris dans ta tête, tout à coup, a videopoem codirected with Sarah Seené, as part of Festival de Poésie de Montréal (Grand Prix Video-Poésie 2018).

 

Vallée is an instructor and gives workshops on experimental cinema and video art in various artist-run centres. His workshops include hand-processing film, contact printing, painting and scratch on film and analog glitch. He has given several artist talks internationally, at La Maison du Québec in Saint-Malo (France), at the Space Cell Lab (South Korea), at filmkoop wien (Austria), just to name a few and also locally, including at the University of Montreal, at Concordia University and as part of the Journées de la Culture.

 

Guillaume Vallée was artist in residence at La Bande Vidéo (Canada) in 2017, at Le Fresnoy – national studio of contemporary arts (France) and at Signal Culture (United States) in 2018. In 2020, he was able to carry out three artist residencies : at Studio 303 (Canada), for the creation of pas d’apparat corps, an experimental videodance in collaboration with multidisciplinary artist Calla Durose-Moya and musicians Pulsatilla & Hazy Montagne Mystique, at Main Film (Canada), as part of the Film Factory program, in which he created his latest 16mm experimental short film Monsieur Jean-Claude and at the Visual Alchemy studio (Canada) with Al Razutis, for learning stereoscopic video (3D).

 

 

Nelly-Ève Rajotte

Nelly-Ève Rajotte

Multidisciplinary Artist

After graduating with a BA in art history, Nelly-Ève Rajotte undertook a second undergraduate degree at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques (UQAM), which led to a master’s degree in 2006. numerous exhibitions in Québec – at the SAT, the Darling Foundry, Parisian Laundry, Occurrence, Clark, Optica and Circa among others – her works have been presented in several festivals across Europe, even Russia and Mexico.  Her works have been broadcast in many festivals in Canada – MUTEK, Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Festival International du film sur l’art, and several festivals around the world – International short film festival of Berlin and Official Selection at Transmediale Berlin (Germany), Otherworldly, Manchester UrbanScreens (UK), EXiS (Korea), Moscow International film Festival and Finnish Contemporary Art Fair.

Multidisciplinary artist Nelly-Ève Rajotte works at the confluence of performance, video and installation. Known among others for her monumental projections, Rajotte is interested in the sensory condition of the spectator experience. She investigates the relationship in space and probes the arborescence of physical sensations and psychological states registered through perception. In this sense, her joint work of image and sound reflects a certain alterity of representation and experience.

Around the recurring figure of the landscape, Rajotte takes a romantic approach where tension and opposition interplay with composition used to explore the building process of the images. She borrows from cinematographic strategies, editing effects and staging that not only transform, but aesthetize reality. The landscape is refined and fragile, and the landscape is thus asserted through the artist’s operations as a cultural object. Her sound accomplishes this unnatural shift of images, weaving around her some sort of atypical universe to the point anxiety. The acoustic environment doubles the sensory experience of the work by simultaneously conflicting and supporting the image’s narrative. These frames meet, repel each other and destabilize their reception, in sort, they challenge the heart of the work.

Her approach is distinguished by its clear interest in perception and she radicalizes its scope. This monitoring exercise is not motivated by technological devices, but by organizing an open environment on interpretation.  Her compositions are like those of a painter working to augment the fundamental temporal dimension of an experience. Image and sound materialize in time, attract attention, registers in a given space and finally gives in to convey the full power of the work.