PERTE DE SIGNAL is a Montreal based art centre that promotes and fosters the development of digital arts and innovative artistic uses of technology. From audio performances to video projections, and mechanical/robotics installations to public interventions, the Perte de Signal membership works in a variety of mediums while exploring a wide array of artistic and formal approaches. PERTE DE SIGNAL is committed to:
1) promoting its members work on a national and international scene;
2) supporting creative research and experimentation;
3) developing critical thought concerning digital arts; and
4) mediation geared towards a range of audiences.
Above all, PERTE DE SIGNAL strives to be a venue that encourages initiatives, cultivates collaborations, and supports the transmission and exchange of experiences and know-how within the greater artistic community.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sofian Audry : President
Claudette Lemay : Secretary
Alexandre Quessy : Treasurer
André Courchesne: Administrator
Patrick Harrop : Administrator
Nicolas Bernier : Administrator
Marie Raedecker : Administrator
Perte de Signal acknowledge the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the city of Montréal.
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PERTE DE SIGNAL was founded as a collective in 1997 by Robin Dupuis, Julie-Christine Fortier, Isabelle Hayeur, Rémi Lacoste and Sébastien Pesot, five young video artists who wished, first, to gain control of the dissemination of their experimental work locally and internationally and, second, to establish connections with other media artists and groups, both here and abroad.
Three years later, in 2000, PERTE DE SIGNAL officially became a non-profit organization in order to bolster its distribution efforts, all the while preserving the collegiality of its day-to-day operations, which has remained part of its DNA. Its members’ specific needs have always been at the heart of the centre’s concerns and, over time, PERTE DE SIGNAL has shown great flexibility and adaptability, considerably broadening the breadth of its activities in line with its changing membership so as to keep up with developments in media and digital arts.
In 2002, after touring its members’ video works in more than one hundred festivals throughout the world, PERTE DE SIGNAL began producing group shows. Projects like HORS-LIGNE (2002), LES HIVERNALES (2002), MOBILIS (2003), ELLIPSE (2003), CUBICULES (2005) and PROJECTILES (2007) highlight and promote the installation work of its members, thus significantly contributing to the dissemination of our media arts practices in the contemporary art world.
In 2007, to foster artistic experimentation and help advance electronic, audio and performance practices, PERTE DE SIGNAL inaugurated a first research-creation centre RUSTINES|LAB, a space that has since welcomed artists from around the world.
PERTE DE SIGNAL was selected in 2009 for the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Grand Prix “for its persistent work with emerging media arts and contributions to the development of the field.” Over time, the centre has become an essential player in the digital and media arts scene. Its growing expertise has reinforced its artist representation and its development of emerging practices. With over a dozen recent projects—including the exhibitions LA MÉCANIQUE DE L’OBJET (2011-12), INSTANTS FUGITIFS (2012), IMPERMANENCE (2012-13) and CONFLUENCE (2012) presented in several exhibition venues throughout the country—PERTE DE SIGNAL has exceptional dissemination in Canada. In addition, with the participation of its member artists in world-class artistic events and festivals (Transmediale, Ars Electronica, Sonar), and their growing number of solo exhibitions that showcase their artists, PERTE DE SIGNAL is now world-renowned.
In 2012, the Centre began developing SONDES, a program that coordinates new modes of intervention and collaboration between northern and southern French-speaking communities. From Tunis (2013) to Dakar and Casablanca (2014) to Port-au-Prince (2015), artists have used and shared tools while reflecting on their position vis-à-vis international digital art practices and aesthetics. SONDES aims to create an art context for northern and southern artists in which they can develop and share a common understanding of digital arts involving practical, aesthetic, and political aspects. The program seeks to transpose the convictions of northern artists and support new local initiatives in the south, such as establishing new residency programs like the one at the Kër Thiossane Centre in Dakar and the first-ever residence for southern French-speaking digital artists in Montreal (SONDES Residencies, 2015), developing new projects, such as LIBREMAPPING (2015), as well as encouraging the emergence of new initiatives abroad, such as the El Fabrika lab founded in 2013, in Tunis, and the VX Lab collective created in 2016, in Dakar.
Given the constant evolution of art practices, technologies and audiences, in 2015, the centre launches a new and versatile lab-gallery customized for digital art creation. This revamped RUSTINES|LAB, located in the heart of the creation and dissemination hub Pied carré, in Montreal, is an open workshop, a place to experiment and to connect with others, that provides specialized equipment and mediates between different digital art practices. Through this lab space, PERTE DE SIGNAL highlights innovative and original creations by contemporary Quebecois and international artists.