Friday December 8th, at the Grande Bibliothèque, was successfully held La Nuit des POSSIBLES. This event produced by LA SERRE – arts vivants in collaboration with Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, marked the end of a year of achievements with POSSIBLES, a project featured in the official program of the celebrations for the 375th anniversary of Montreal. Artists, thinkers and citizens gathered for the evening: around 1 620 people were there for the night, for a total of 16 900 people in 2017, with the POSSIBLES projects that were presented each month throughout the year.
We can claim it loudly and clearly, POSSIBLES is an ambitious initiative that facilitates the often difficult crossovers between art and civic engagement. Throughout 2017, POSSIBLES revealed the vast potential of improbable encounters between artists and the city. This enabled the creation of twelve exceptional artworks in unexcepted places. And it is this very same process that we documented on our experiential platform that inspired the writing of a POSSIBLES Manifesto unveiled on Friday December 8th at the hearth of the Grande Bibliothèque during La Nuit des POSSIBLES.
The road does not end here. Today, a whole new project begins: the gathering in a common space of all the dormant projects from around the world. The platform we developped is intended to be a place fostering an international dialogue. A place where artists will be invited to submit their projects that citizens will be able to consult while reflecting on their impact on the world. Each month, citizens will be invited to discover an artistic project created here or abroad, all of which will be rooted in the meeting of what we call “the three desire paths” : reclaiming the city, caring about others and building an immediate future. Let’s follow these paths and let them guide us to the unexpected!
— Jasmine Catudal & Vincent de Repentigny, Codirectors of LA SERRE – arts vivants
The evening, under the artistic direction of Philippe Cyr, began in the lobby of the Grande Bibliothèque, beating to the rhythm of DJ Tignasse’s set and to the drums of the Buffalo Hat Singers. Throughout the night, the public participated in different Salons des Possibles, where were held discussions on sustainable development issues with interventions by Jonathan Durand-Folco, Marilou Craft, Félix Gravel and Widia Larivière. In these salons, the audience also attended performances by artists Emma-Kate Guimond and Shaista Latif. The choreographer Jacques Poulin-Denis (Grand Poney), in collaboration with the students of l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, highlighted the evening with three performances in different spaces of the library.
In the library space were three desire islets, created by the students of the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe’s production program, under the supervision of scenographer Josée Bergeron-Proulx. The installation presented a reinterpretation of the themes covered during the year by the artists who created POSSIBLES. The islets were conceived as a transmission belt between the ideas put forward, manifested and presented during the year, citizens’ desires and changes to come.
A musical performance by La Bronze marked the end of the Salons des Possibles, preceding the reading of the POSSIBLES Manifesto at midnight by the hosts of the evening, Jean-Philippe Baril-Guérard and Gabrielle Coté, who were accompanied by three teenagers who participated to the POSSIBLES project this year. The festivities concluded with a fantastic DJ set by Pierre Kwenders.
La Nuit des POSSIBLES was also an opportunity to look forward with the unveiling of the 12th POSSIBLES, a work by artist Étienne Paquette coproduced by the National Film Board of Canada and the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, that will take shape in the fall of 2018, and with the launch of the new experiential web platform that will allow the project to last over time.
POSSIBLES reveals that together, artists and citizens can change the city for the better. They trace alternate routes, the path to reinventing the city in their image: gentler, more fluid, more united, more democratic.
Apart from the production of new artworks, we are aware that works which could qualify as POSSIBLES are created here and elsewhere, creative proposals that meet the required criteria without necessarily fitting into what we view as POSSIBLES programming. It now seems necessary to share and promote these works by making them available in a digital format.
The POSSIBLES platform was created as a space to facilitate access to artworks and contribute to debates on contemporary issues.
To experiment the platform à possibles.ca
POSSIBLES is a major artistic project that aims to enrich our vision and actions in the city through two avenues: art and civic engagement. POSSIBLES proposes to bring together a whole community of artists, thinkers and citizens in order to imagine inspiring utopias that could offer solutions to the challenges of our time. POSSIBLES positions art as a factor of change to face the new paradigms of our ever-changing world.
POSSIBLES thrived throughout 2017 on the occasion of Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Citizen consultations identified 12 major themes related to sustainable development in the city. Once a month an artist or a collective, together with collaborators, interpreted one of the selected themes in their own way (theatre, visual arts, performance art, film) with the support of a creative partner.
For more information: possibles.ca
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
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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Institutional Partners Conseil des arts du Canada – Nouveau Chapitre, Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal, Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Patrimoine Canada, Monument-National
Creative Partners Centre CLARK, Tangente, Les 7 doigts de la main, ARCMTL, OFFTA, La Pépinière, Kino, Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec (ARRQ), POP Montréal, Théâtre aux Écuries, OBORO, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Office national du film du Canada, Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles
Collaborating Partners On est 10, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, École de théâtre du Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Abricot, ESN514, Association des travailleurs grecs du Québec, La Société de transport de Montréal, l’École Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont, l’Hôtel de ville de Montréal, Le Virage MTL
Event Partners Fonds de solidarité FTQ, La Petite Commission, Apollo Studios, Alexandre Girard, Grolsch, APL, Publicité Sauvage, Kermesse (Machine), Location Sauvageau
Media Partners Le Devoir, CISM, esse, Nouveau Projet, Revue JEU
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