Following the call for video projection proposals issued in December 2022, aimed at enhancing digital arts programming on the projection surfaces of the Quartier des Spectacles, four local studios were selected to proceed to the second phase of the competition. COLEGRAM, E.D. FILMS, Ekumen and a collective of Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin and Caroline Laurin-Beaucage impressed the jury with their original ideas and innovative proposals. They will now develop a project book with the help of a $5,000 grant awarded by the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.
Originally, the jury was supposed to select three finalists. However, the volume and quality of submissions led the jury to increase the number of projects chosen for further development. As a result, four studios will proceed to phase two of the call, in which they will develop a project book. In 2024, once funding has been secured as part of phase three, the works will be presented in the Quartier des Spectacles.
CHÉLANIE BEAUDIN-QUINTIN AND CAROLINE LAURIN-BEAUCAGE
Underwater by Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin © Vivien Gaumand
A COMPLEMENTARY DUO
With the help of the producing team of Art et Essai, choreographer Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and film director Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin join their complementary skills and artistic universes to merge dance and media arts.
An artist and teacher in dance for 23 years, Caroline is an active member of the Montreal artistic community. Her repertory includes a dozen different pieces, most of which were presented on international scenes. Her work takes choreographic art on multidisciplinary grounds, integrating new technologies and exploring different performing contexts: from the traditional stage to public spaces and from live performance to video mapping.
Chélanie is a visual artist and filmmaker. Through dance, cinema, and immersive works she explores both individual and collective bodies and investigates spaces of exchange and cohabitation. Over the last few years, she has devoted herself to short films, video art, augmented and virtual reality films. Through dance and film, she seeks to create a new dramaturgy whose narrative form, by moving away from classical codes, seems rather sensory and embodied. Her works have been presented in Quebec as well as in various International contexts.
Previous COLEGRAM projects
THREE FRIENDS AND COLLABORATORS IN VISUAL CREATION
COLEGRAM is a video and narrative content creation studio with a distinct mission: to combine imagination with technique, creating original ideas, from the initial concept to the final export. The multidisciplinary team (composed of animation directors, illustrators, motion designers, 2D and 3D artists) is led by Vincent Bilodeau, Olivier "OG" Guillemette and Sébastien Landry, three friends and collaborators who have been working in visual creation for over 15 years.
Indigenous Peoples Experience (2021) by E.D. FLIMS
A MULTIDISCIPLINARY ART STUDIO
E.D. FILMS is a multidisciplinary animation-based art studio based in Montreal since 2007. Combining creative animation-focused projects with great technical know-how, the studio specializes in 2D/3D animation for films, XR contents, games, and immersive experiences in museums, parks and various public attractions. E.D. FILMS’ talented and qualified team treats each project with creativity, expertise and attention to produce high quality works.
The most recent accolades from E.D. FILMS include a Numix Award 2022 for an immersive public exhibition Indigenous Peoples Experience (2021) at Fort Park Edmonton, Alberta, a MUSE Creative Award 2022 Silver from Experiential & Immersive Exhibition for the A/V installation In Linear Res (2022) at the Noor Riyadh Festival 2022, an official nomination at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival for the animated short film Premonition: On the Eve of Signing Treaty (2021) and a 2020 Canadian Screen Award for the best animated short film for the Inuit tale titled Giant Bear (2018).
LOOP by Ekumen © Marie-Michèle Cyr
MEETING OF A COMPOSER AND AN ILLUSTRATOR
Ekumen highlights sound in different presentation contexts: public art installations, concerts and stage performances. Their project is created by composer and digital artist Olivier Girouard, in association with visual artist and illustrator Mathieu Potvin.