Québec City, Tuesday April 10 2012 – The Manif d’art 6 program was unveiled today in a press conference. From May 3 to June 3, visitors will be invited to embark on an art itinerary and to participate in the numerous activities under way around the theme of Machines – The Shapes of Movement. This year, by adding satellite activities to the official selection, the Québec City biennial brings together over 80 artists spread over nearly 30 venues in Québec City, Lévis and Wendake.

The official portion of the event is under the curatorship of Nicole Gingras, independent curator, author and researcher born in Québec City and active in Canada and abroad. Under the theme Machines – The Shapes of Movement, she has conceived 15 exhibitions and elaborated 16 events : workshops, conferences, performances and master classes. Close to 40 artists hailing from 10 countries will present their work in 15 locations, among which some of the great cultural institutions of Québec City and numerous artist-run centres. This year, the main site of the event is the Espace 400e Bell, situated in the Québec City Old Port. It is here that the majority of activities will take place and where one will find the greatest concentration of works.

Also, guest curator Eric Mattson will present Living experiences, machines are romantic at the main site. It comprises a workshop and the creation of sonic devices and two evenings of performances or concerts. This segment of the Manif d’art 6 will take place May 8 to 12, 2012.

The main lines of the Manif d’art 6 turn on a single word: machine, indistinguishable from movement. For this edition, various conceptual and physical takes on movement are being considered: the actions and reactions that machines set off, invent, suggest and anticipate. Multiple machines, mechanisms, devices, inventions and explorations are being celebrated. The participating artists are interested in images, sound, words, drawing, kinetic art, sound art, performance, cinema, video, animation, robotics, chance and chain reactions.

In addition to the official selection, more than 20 organisations offer satellite activities attached or not to the theme chosen by the curator. This section of the program includes a prize-giving, releases, screenings, an auction, a live radio broadcast and exhibitions, among others.

The sites
The artists works will be shown at the Espace 400e Bell (main site of Manif d’art 6) as well as numerous collaborators’ sites : Musée de la civilisation for Antitube, Avatar, Engramme, Galerie des arts visuels, Grand Théâtre de Québec, La Bande Vidéo, la chambre blanche, Le Lieu, L’Œil de Poisson, MATERIA, Musée de l’Amérique française, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Regart, VU PHOTO.

Satellite activities will be held all over Québec City and the area : Espace 400e Bell, on the corner of Saint-Joseph and Dorchester streets, salle Multi of the Coopérative Méduse, Galerie Morgan Bridge, Galerie Tzara, art galleries of the Aliette-Marchand, Gabrielle-Roy, Collège-des-Jésuites and Saint-Jean-Baptiste libraries, Le Cercle, Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Musée huron-wendat, Palais Montcalm and Saint-Vallier Le Soleil Building, Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique française; Faubourg Staircase; Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec.

The Pass
The pass is mandatory for those who wish to participate in the biennial’s activities and visit the exhibition sites included in the official selection. It is composed of a badge and of the official program. Pocket-sized, this tool contains all the information about the exhibition sites, the artists and the activities offered.

General admittance : 12 $
Student (student ID required) : 10 $
Children under 12 (accompanied by an adult) : free
Package deal : 18 $ (2 badges and one program)

The pass will be on sale at each of the official selection exhibition venues and at the Gabrielle-Roy Library, as of May 3. You are all invited to visit the exhibitions and participate in the activities of this impressive biennial, one of the largest in Canada. The complete program can be found on the mobile application available for iPhone and Android smart phones as well as on the website www.manifdart.org.

Source: Patrick Fournier, communications coordinator, Manif d’art, 418 524-1917, communication@manifdart.org