Unveiling of the 12th piece
An installation imagined by Étienne Paquette
Performances, speeches and manifesto
Artistic direction – Philippe Cyr
Pierre Kwenders (DJ set)
+ DJ Tignasse
Montreal, November 20th, 2017 — On December 8th, LA SERRE – arts vivants in collaboration with the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the National Film Board of Canada and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, invites the public to La Nuit des POSSIBLES, which will take place at the Grande Bibliothèque starting at 9 pm. This event is in the framework of POSSIBLES, a project part of the official programming of the celebrations surrounding Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
LA NUIT DES POSSIBLES
POSSIBLES will be taking over the indoor and outdoor spaces of the Grande Bibliothèque in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles!
Come join us for the unveiling of the 12th POSSIBLES, Wind Instrument, an interactive installation by artist Étienne Paquette. Indoors, you will be able to see art performances, take part in chat rooms about sustainable community development issues and dance to the beats of music performances throughout the night!
“Once a month throughout 2017, LA SERRE has built awareness in Montreal to important issues in the daily areas of the community with the POSSIBLES project. This project was held all year long, but its impact on the community will be felt for a long time. The Council for the Arts is proud to support this project with the New Chapter program in the first year of our new historic reinvestment in the arts.”
— Simon Brault, Director and CEO, Canada Council for the Arts
“During this very special year, the artistic and citizen project POSSIBLES has led to the inception of many innovative pieces, as a true embodiment of our metropolis. This initiative for the 375th anniversary of Montreal has allowed to celebrate the city’s creativity.”
— Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security and Minister responsible for the Montreal region
“During the twelve months of this pivotal year, POSSIBLES revealed us the future dreamed by our citizens and creators, which already makes it a reality. And now La Nuit des POSSIBLES is closing this encyclopedic work by giving us the chance to fully appreciate its magnitude and depth. This concludes an ambitious cultural adventure, traveling and multifaceted, which revealed our beautiful aspirations for a future we will have despite all the challenges we face.”
— Valérie Plante, Mayor of Montreal
“We were able to discover twelve emerging artists through POSSIBLES during the year. They suggested works of art that displayed a unique vision on various themes like diversity, democracy and culture. We invite you all to take part in this last installment, La Nuit des POSSIBLES!”
– Alain Gignac, General Manager, Society for the celebration of Montreal’s 375th anniversary
This great party will also be your chance to discover the POSSIBLES Manifesto. As a synthesis of all the collective thoughts gathered throughout this year of achievements, the Manifesto is an invitation to reclaim the city, to care about others and to create a future in accordance with our wishes.
An experiential web platform will also be released during the night. It will showcase the twelve POSSIBLES created in Montreal during 2017 and will be opened to the submisison of new POSSIBLES from local, national and international artists in 2018. The platform will lead to the creation of a vast web, linking artists and citizens around the globe to initiate a true international movement.
|EXPERIENTIAL WEB PLATFORM
A link to the experiential website will be given to journalists under embargo in the week of the 4th of December.
“As the peak of this year of achievements, La Nuit des POSSIBLES is a unique opportunity to showcase the art pieces and their creators who tangibly connect art with citizen engagement. This is a night to highlight what is ending but above all else, to celebrate what is beginning!”
— Jasmine Catudal & Vincent de Repentigny, Codirectors, LA SERRE – arts vivants
“As part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the BAnQ is happy to have been invited to play a part in the wonderful project La Nuit des POSSIBLES which brings together remarkable artists and skilled partners. We are happy to contribute to the expression of an inspiring public reflection that, we hope, will resonate for a long time.”
— Geneviève Pichet, Interim CEO of BAnQ
Our cities rumble, hum and sometimes roar. The noise is a daily issue, even a public health problem. Some sounds can hurt to the point of injury. Some have a soothing effect on our frantic lives. Nevertheless, this reality remains: sound is everywhere. The question then might not be how to find silence but rather how to discover sounds we love and how to play with them. How would we like our cities to “sound”?
Perched at the heart of the city, the massive (wind) instrument we have created seems to channel the sounds of the city. It actually broadcasts chosen urban sound moments that we have transformed to enhance their musicality. Drawn by the monumental aspect of the tubular sculpture, visitors wander under the lit corollas and listen to this urban “music”.
Wind Instrument is an invitation for citizens to listen in and act upon the sound landscapes we live in.
The installation will be presented from December 8, 2017 to January 14, 2018.
A coproduction of the National Film Board of Canada and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.
“This public installation by Étienne Paquette is the result of the first collaboration of the NFB with LA SERRE and the BAnQ, as well as the fruitful association with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. People passing by this installation will feel inspired to discover the city through its sounds and breaths, and to perceive the resting opportunities offered by urban silence, if it can exist. The creators paint a sound picture of the city, engaging the visitors in a reflection on our community issues, in this year of celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal.”
— André Picard, executive director, Institutional program, NFB
“We are happy that the twelfth and last POSSIBLES project of the year ends on a suggestion in the Quartier des Spectacles, especially in its public space. These outdoor areas are creative broadcasting platforms, unique and universal, where all citizens can meet. We are proud that the creators drew from them to offer Montrealers original and innovative suggestions like Wind Instrument, a monumental work of art which invites reflection on the issue of city noise and contributes to define the creative possibilities of the future.”
Étienne Paquette creates immersive installations in sculptural or monumental form which transport visitors in a fantastic elsewhere. He also works as designer, screenwriter, producer and artistic director in the fields of multimedia and museum exhibition. Slowly transcending disciplines, his practice is made of exploring narratives and suggests different ways for the public to take part in stories. For each creation comes its own space, materials, technologies, questions and fabric of feelings.
Throughout the years, Étienne Paquette has worked independently with many institutions like the NFB, the McCord-Stewart Museum, Quebec’s National Museum of Fine Arts, Space for Life and the Quartier des Spectacles. Notably, he is one of the creators of Beyond Ice (NFB/Canadian Museum of Nature, 2017), Bearers of Life (Montreal Insectarium, 2015) and Megaphone (Moment Factory/NFB and QDS, Montreal, 2013). His work has been discussed in international magazines and was the subject of many scientific publishing, especially at the MIT Press.
Étienne holds a PhD in Communication from UQAM.
PERFORMANCES AND SPEECHES
Jean-Philippe Baril-Guérard and Gabrielle Côté
Jacques Poulin-Denis | Grand Poney – Dance
Emma-Kate Guimond | Waves – Theater
Shaista Latif | Queer Performance
Buffalo Hat Singers
Pierre Kwenders (DJ set)
Speeches – POSSIBLES chat rooms
Jonathan Durand Folco
EVENT DATE AND VENUE
Friday, December 8
From 9 pm until 2 am
475, De Maisonneuve Blvd East
POSSIBLES merges art and civic engagement in the perspective of sustainable community development. Once a month throughout the year 2017, POSSIBLES will present the works of 12 artists from various art disciplines in collaboration with 12 creative partnerships in 12 unusual Montreal venues.
The objective: Provide a platform to up-and-coming artists by inviting them to create new POSSIBLES exploring 12 local issues that arose from discussions with the community.
The event La Nuit des POSSIBLES will wrap up 2017 with the legacy of a Manifesto and an experiential web platform. As of 2018, this platform will allow the public to discover new POSSIBLES coming from all around the world. An in-depth reflection about the future, an invitation to participate in the creation of a better tomorrow!
For more information: possibles.ca
LA SERRE – arts vivants
LA SERRE is a structuring incubator to improve the conditions in which emerging artists carry out their work in live arts. It accompanies them in the expansion of their work, from conception to meeting the public. It helps the artist in developing their autonomy, organization maturity and artistic independence. LA SERRE acts as an activator for collaborations between artists and local, national and international partners as well as artists from different artistic disciplines and other lines of business. Artistically, LA SERRE favors projects that establish evocative links between art and society, and focuses on meeting different disciplinary fields and sectors.
For more information: laserre.ca
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
As the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions, and an essential pillar of the knowledge society, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has the mandate to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it collects, preserves and promotes Québec’s and Québec-related heritage materials, and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its activities in 12 facilities which are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal and BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in Montréal; BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières. In January 2016, BAnQ was tasked by the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montréal with reinventing the Saint-Sulpice Library, located in Montréal.
For more information: banq.qc.ca
National Film Board of Canada
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 18 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies.
For more information: nfb.ca
Quartier des Spectacles and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
The Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is a non-profit organization responsible for operating and programming the Quartier’s lively public spaces, for illuminating the area through distinctive lighting design as well as for promoting this must-visit cultural destination. It is a member of several international networks, including the Connecting Cities Network and Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI), as well as the Global Cultural Districts Network. The Partnership is supported by the Ville de Montréal and the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine.
For more information: quartierdesspectacles.com
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canadian government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see 375mtl.com
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