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Quebec City, November 10, 2016 - Avatar and its board are pleased to nominate Émile Morin as an honorary member.

Émile Morin is independent artist based in Quebec, numerous scenic installations and works were submitted in Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada. Among others, at the Châtelet in Paris (France), the Tesla Berlin (Germany), BEAP festival in Perth (Australia), the Banff Center and the Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal (Canada).

His professional trajectory is composed of an continue artistic practice and artistic direction from organizations recognized for their uniqueness, such as Recto Verso and its festival Mois Multi and Avatar, the creative association in sound and electronic art. Through the development of a thought of renewal forms within precursors creating groups he led, he fed an advanced knowledge of multidisciplinary creation and digital art (both practical and theoretical), he developed innovative creative strategies, as new creative technical means. In addition, he has worked on several national and international events and with government structures as a consultant and thinker to analyze, understand and define the settings for new avenues of creation, whether in multidisciplinary or digital art. Based on what he calls an "aesthetic of complexity", its creation and use juxtaposes several disciplines to develop facilities, scenic areas, immersive works and "dramatic" constructions. Multidisciplinarity that characterizes his works reveals its uniqueness in the systematic use of a multitude of mechanisms that reproduce and divert effects of phenomena and movements of nature or the primary functions of the objects themselves. The development of its audio and visual devices trying to provoke and to change the modes of perception of the viewer, his understanding of the space it lives and surroundings. His art is a diversion where revealing processes that seek to reveal the unexpected and the anomaly. For several years, Émile Morin made heavy use but critical new technology. He is currently completing a doctorate in education and art practice in which he is interested in the architectural works and sequential write.

Website of the artist: emilemorin.me

Quebec City, November 3, 2016 - ENCAC has awarded six new international artistic residency
Avatar is proud to announce that Christian Skjødt will be coming to Quebec City. The Danish artist will be at Avatar in Spring 2017, as part of the ENCAC network's residency program. Our artist-run center devoted to audio and electronic art has been a member of the ENCAC network for 3 years.

ENCAC

CO-FOUNDER OF THE ENCAC NETWORK

The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC) is a transnational cooperation project of support, fostering, dissemination and interaction between citizens, artists and researchers interested in visual arts, sound creation and digital culture.

The European Network for Contemporary Audiovisual Creation (ENCAC) is a partner platform to facilitate, promote, inspire, support and create new opportunities and challenges as well as innovative and sustainable solutions for the creative community, a wide range of audiences and the audiovisual industry.

Leaded by LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Spain), with the collaboration of L.E.V. Festival (Visual Electronics Laboratory) as a strategic partner, ENCAC is supported by the programme Creative Europe and it is composed of five European cultural institutions and platforms: Ars electronica (Austria), Disk (Germany), Resonate (Serbia), Le Lieu Unique(France) and hTh-CDN (France). This network extends to other partners outside Europe such as Avatar (Canada), ELEKTRA(Canada), Mutek (Mexico) and Mapping Festival (Switzerland)

ENCAC website

Honorary Members

Pierre-André Arcand - Gilles Arteau - Georges Azzaria - Jean Dubois - Chantal Dumas - Mario Gauthier - Suzanne Jaschko - Jérôme Joy - Christof Migone - Louis Ouellet - John Ozwald - Hélène Prévost - James Partaik - Philippe Pasquier - Michael Snow - Heidi Grundmann - Nathalie Breush - Eva De Groot

Active Members

Catherine Béchard - Catherine Bélanger - Alexandre Berthier - Julie Faubert - Pierre-Olivier Frechet-Martin - Caroline Gagné - Sabin Hudon - Sarah L'Hérault - Diane Landry - Myriam Lambert - Mériol Lehmann - Frédérique Laliberté - Émile Morin - Simon Paradis-Dionne - Nataliya Petkova - Ariane Plante - Jocelyn Robert - Josiane Roberge

Mandate

Avatar is a self-run artist centre specialized in researching, creating, disseminating, publishing, and distributing audio and electronic art. The centre is a non-profit organization and, in its 20 years of existence, has initiated activities to promote production, discussion, and collaboration among professional artists at every level through local, national, and international networks. Its facilities are located in Quebec City in the Coopérative Méduse building and include research and recording studios, a multi-purpose room, a computer laboratory, and an electronics lab containing cutting-edge audio and electronic equipment. Avatar has also had a public listening centre since the summer of 2012.

Avatar’s primary mission is to promote the research, creation, and dissemination of audio and electronic art in all its current and future forms to continually revitalize artists and their discipline. 

To do this, Avatar :
- Provides artists with equipment, workspace, and specialized knowledge
- Supports the creation, production, and dissemination of projects
- Organizes activities in collaboration with other organizations 
- Sparks discussions between artists and the public Shares its expertise through various activities (training workshops, talks, etc.) intended for professional artists

Avatar remains one of the few organizations in North America devoted to audio and electronic art and the only one of its kind in the greater Quebec City area.

History

Audio art has long been a misunderstood art form due to the mistaken belief that it arose from music. And although numerous parallel distribution channels existed for independent films and video, there was no established way to see and listen to audio art. As a result, there was a considerable lack of support for professional artists working in this discipline. It precisely to fill this void that Avatar was founded in Quebec City in 1993, by Pierre-André Arcand, Bernard Bonnier, Christof Migone, James Partaik, Jocelyn Robert, and Charles-Éric Savard.

In 1995 Avatar set up shop in the Méduse Complex, which brought together producers and presenters dedicated to the arts, culture, and community outreach. Its workspaces are specially designed for electronic and audio production, making it one of the few Canadian organizations—if not the only one—specializing in audio art. From 1995 to 2001, Avatar hosted numerous artists for research and development work, organized its first showings, and established partnerships and residency programs with local and international organizations. 

From 2001 to 2005, Avatar consolidated its electronic lab activities, making them an official part of its work. The centre also began uploading its program of commissioned works, entitled Excavation sonore, to its website. Over the years, its publishing division, OHM éditions, explored new media to adapt to artists’ needs. The centre set up its own distribution company, VacuOhm, to complement the services provided to artists in light of the dissolving boundaries between production and distribution. Avatar thus became the first distributer in all of Canada to specialize in new media. 

From 2005 to 2007, Avatar began a major market development campaign (free distribution of Œuvres avouées = Avowed Works to exhibition organizers and curators), thus cementing its international presence. At the same time, the centre established a strong global network of collaborators, which led to major shows, including Avatar exhibitions at the Vooruit arts centre (Belgium, 2006) in Paris (France, 2006), and at the Tesla centre (Germany, 2007). In the ensuing years, Avatar bolstered many of its presentation and production partnerships (Mois Multi, Manif d’art, etc.), launched new initiatives such as Avatar@l’école, and published numerous works (Covers, La chute, Disco sec, Luigi’s Avatar, etc.).

With the development of training activities (workshops) in 2008, the commissioning of the first works by its artists (Manon Labrecque’s Mécanismes de réanimation in 2009, Caroline Gagné’s Cargo in 2011, and Diane Morin’s Cordes in 2013), presentation of the Échographies des œuvres en art audio et électronique conference (2011), the establishment of the artistic direction committee (2011-2012), and the restructuring of the publishing and distribution divisions (by reviewing the distribution process, dismantling OHM and VacuOhm in favour of a single entity called Avatar, and more), the centre revealed the full scope of its knowledge and expertise and cemented its place as a media arts leader not just in Canada, but worldwide.

In 2013 Avatar celebrated its 20th anniversary with major events and side activities,.

Board

Diane Landry - Chair

Myriam Lambert - Vice chairman

Pierre-Olivier Fréchet-Martin - Secretary/Treasurer

Sabin Hudon - Administrator

France Cliche - Administrator