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Inhabiting the Uncertainty of a Showcase

The Montreal artist-run centre TOPO positions itself as a laboratory for digital writings and creations for web, performance, and installation spaces. Created in 1993, and present on the web since 1998, the organization guides, incubates, produces, and circulates original multimedia artworks that explore interdisciplinary and intercultural hybridizations in the digital arts. The most recent high point of this twenty-year cycle is the inauguration of an exhibition showcase, the Vitrine.

This digital book provides a record of the first two exhibition seasons (spring 2015 to spring 2017), in which artists and duos explored the possibilities and limitations of this unique space with different kinds of interactive apparatuses and also as a performance site. Here are the questions that guided our artistic direction: Who or what inhabits the Vitrine? How and with what “theatrical effect”? How do we think about notions of interaction and interactivity between the inside and the outside? How can we activate a relationship between the artwork inside the showcase and visitors on the outside, in a hallway? With the Vitrine, TOPO invites the public to a direct, fresh, and constantly changing experience of interactivity with the artwork and the artist. It offers a new cycle of research to reaffirm an interdisciplinary vision of digital arts nourished on aesthetic and conceptual currents from the visual arts, cinema, literature, and performance.

The digital book, designed by Isabelle Gagné, is available free on several platforms in French and English digital versions.


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DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 8th, 2018, 5pm


Initiated by the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) and coordinated by the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM) with the participation of Agence TOPO, Eastern Bloc, Labo NT2, OBORO, Studio XX and Vidéographe, Labsessions invite emerging artists working in the field of digital art to submit a new work-in-progress project for the 14th Labsessions event, taking place on Thursday May 31st 2018, from 5 to 8pm at Studio XX in collaboration with OBORO.

Labsessions aim to support emerging artists working in digital arts, and to give them the opportunity to showcase the work they do. Those events are also a networking place for artists, digital art organizations attendees and for various cultural workers.

Three projects will be selected and each artist will be invited to do a short presentation (or demo) in front of The artists do a short presentation (or demo) in front of a panel of artists-run centers representatives. Following the presentations and question periods, the partner organizations will provide constructive criticism through written commentaries and suggestions which will be sent to the artist later on.

In addition to the Labsessions, partner organizations might offer assistance to their sole discretion; which can take different forms depending on their respective mandate and resources (equipment loan, access to media labs, technical support, consultation or mentorship, access to an activity or a festival, etc.).
• You must be a Canadian emerging artist working in the field of digital art;
• Having an innovative project in progress;
• Only one project by edition;
• Meeting the deadline with an application form fully completed (PDF or Word);
• Selected applicants should be ready to present their project to an audience for 15 minutes in English or French (pictures highly recommended).

• Artistic quality and originality
• Ability to realize the project
• Possibility of dissemination and impact
• Application quality
Please send your application at info(a)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, 5pm

The jury is composed of media arts organizations’ representatives. Only applicants whose projects are selected will be contacted.
Travel expenses will not be covered.


Info et contacts

514 844-2033 poste 214

514 527-5116

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Are you interested in live coding ?  

Sunday, March 2018, from 2 PM to 6 PM
5445, de Gaspé, suite 608
TOPO – Laboratoire d’écritures numériques



This meeting aims to share tools and tips, to create a space of research/creation about the practices and the methods of coding which modify live the animation of the audiovisual and textual media elements. In August, there will be a week of experimentation preceding the annual conference of the Electronic Literature Organization, organized in 2018 by the NT2 Laboratory (UQAM).