The Conseil des arts de Montréal, in partnership with the Numix Awards and Xn Québec, is thrilled to announce the three finalists for the Digital Arts Award. The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 grant from the Conseil.
The Digital Arts Award is intended to reward excellence in digital creativity. It recognizes the unique artistic signature of independent creators. Works selected must be original, show evidence of a particular artistic approach and draw on one or more technologies.
The works selected as finalists are:
Produced by Productions Quitte ou Double and the Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda
Telepresence technology brings three performers in three different cities together in this unique play. Their slow mutual reveal problematizes questions of authenticity, truth and imagination. They try to convey an impression of honesty and integrity through the camera. But how “real” can you be when you’re in complete control of the image on the screen? How can we resist the temptation to edit reality?
BLUFF takes place in three, geographically separate but temporally simultaneous locations. Though far apart, the locations are interdependent and linked by the same narrative. Their connection is made palpable via images captured in one city and instantly projected in the others. Technical devices facilitate the meeting of the three protagonists and three audiences.
Produced by AATOAA (Vincent Morisset and Caroline Robert)
Composition is a score that emerged from an exploratory residency at Studio PHI. Months of research and experimentation gave rise to a set of wooden cubes. Audiences interact with and immerse themselves in the work by manipulating the wooden cubes, transforming it with their imagination.
Invoking the lens of sound, it becomes a musical instrument, beat making software or musical score. As scenography, it can be object theatre, a maquette or puppet stage. The work is also an animated film, a sculpture and choreography, brought to life by the hands that move the cubes.
Produced by Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras
Résonances atemporelles is a journey into the vernacular of archival postcards and film sequences made by Gaspé peninsula tourists. The creators were inspired by oral history interviews conducted with the people of Carleton-sur-Mer, and the stories that underpin the municipality’s identity.
Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras created a visual record of the community’s collective memory through a photomontage of archival images and family albums. To make the historic photo albums available to the public, the artists produced a digital version optimized for mobile phones, with complementary animation and content.
Congratulations to the finalists on their nominations, and thank you for submitting such brilliant work!