Molior* is an organization specialized in the production of exhibitions and artistic projects which make use of technologies as a creation, expression and action tool.
Since its foundation in 2001, Molior has presented numerous innovative projects in Canada as well as on the international scene in collaboration with multiple dissemination partners.
Molior also carries out various activities outside of established networks in order to stimulate audience development and foster access to high quality productions.
*In Latin, Molior means to set in motion, to move mountains, to undertake, to build, to achieve.
ANDRÉE DUCHAINEFOUNDER — ARTISTIC CODIRECTOR
Following graduate studies in communications, cinematography and semiotics, Andrée Duchaine has devoted herself to promoting new forms of art since the 70's. She has been active in the field of video art since its inception and has been a major actor in its development. She created and headed Video 84, precursor to the Montreal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media. In Paris, she founded a company that distributed short and medium-length films: Andrée Duchaine Films. This enabled her to work with various international television networks and schools of film represented by renowned filmmakers like Wim Wenders and Mathieu Kassovitz.
After ten years in Europe, she returned to Montreal and became aware of the lack of support for artists in new media. She founded Groupe Molior in 2001 to meet this need. The role of this innovative organization is to support artists in producing and distributing new media art projects; it features an international network of artists, curators and experts.
Ms. Duchaine acted as Molior director's from 2001 to 2016 where she focused on developing her innovative model to shine an ever-wider spotlight on Canadian artists on the local, national and international stages. Prior to this, she made her mark as a curator, author, speaker and professor at home and abroad.
AURÉLIE BESSONGENERAL DIRECTOR AND ARTISTIC CODIRECTOR
Aurélie Besson is the Director at Molior. She has coordinated two international exhibitions: Éveil, held in São Paolo and Quebec's participation in the International Triennal of New Media Art, at Beijing's National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) in 2014. Between 2007 and 2010, she worked as a project and program manager at the International Centre for Art and New Technologies (CIANT) in Prague, Czech Republic, There, she carried out many collaborative European projects, research, international training programs, and events.
She has a Masters in Communication and Media Studies (Université Lumière Lyon 2; Universiteit Utrecht) and a Masters in Cultural Development and Project Management (Université Lyon 2). She is currently a doctoral candidate in Artistic Studies and Practices at UQAM. She has worked at UQAM, on research projects and colloquiums, Perte de Signal and Eastern Bloc, where she currently serves on the programing committee. She was the guest curator for Show Off 2013, Paris' digital art fair, and is currently preparing an international exhibition.
DJAMINA VICTORCOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER AND ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR
Djamina Victor is the communications officer and assistant to the director at Molior. She completed her BFA with a major in Art History at Concordia University. She is currently pursuing graduate-level studies in the Management of Cultural Organizations at HEC Montréal.
She was among the art history students selected anually by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec to keep and update the registry of public artworks governed by the policy for the integration of art into architecture. She co-founded the non-profit organization The Kings, which sought to promote Montreal’s cultural scene by stimulating networking through the production of unique events. She was also a contributing editor for Concordia’s undergraduate Journal of Interdisplinary studies in Sexuality. Her research interests focus on varous themes, such as issues of representation and indentity-based performance of race and gender on the cyberspace.
SYLVAIN BÉLANDTECHNICAL AND LOGISTICS DIRECTOR
Sylvain Béland is Molior’s technical and logistics director. Backed by an extensive experience, he has recently worked as the technical and logistics coordinator as well as the head video technician for the far-ranging project Montréal Avudo.
From 2015 to 2017, he participated in the Elektra festival and the International Digital Art Biennale (BIAN). He has an impressive number of collaborations with arts and culture organizations under his belt, among which Compagnia Finzi Pasca and Ex Machina (Robert Lepage). He is a technical director, coordinator, stage manager, light and sound designer, head video technician, carpenter, production director, and even master chef; he is a generalist blessed with a talent that is rare to come by.
Sylvain Béland has a degree in production from the National Theatre School of Canada as well as a junior college diploma in the humanities with a major in theatre studies. He also has a dual training as a chef. In 2011, he founded his own multidisciplinary arts company, insanë, based in Montréal and Geneva. He is deeply passionate about artistic creation and he works all over the work in creative fields, both in dissemination and as part of touring shows.
Chantal Brisson has been working as an accountant in the field of arts and culture for more than 20 years, serving both organizations and the self-employed. She began her career as a production accountant with a television production company in the early 90s. In 1998, she worked at 4Dart with the team of Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.
Ms. Brisson has also worked as a volunteer business plan analyst for the SESM (self-employment support measure) program with SAJE, an organization that supports entrepreneurs. For over 4 years, she was vice-chair, finance, of the board of directors of Synaxis, a network of entrepreneurs.
She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration at Hautes études commerciales de Montréal in 1997.
DAVID BEAULIEUELECTRICAL ENGINEER, RADIO-CANADA
David Beaulieu has a B.A. in electrical engineering from École de technologie supérieure de Montréal (ÉTS). He collaborated with many visual and new media artists for the development of technical components of their projects. From 2008 to 2011, he was the technical director of Molior and supervised the technical aspects for all the exhibitions shown in Canada and abroad. He was working as assistant to the development of accessories, then project manager in research and development, for Cirque du Soleil. He is currently professor in electrical engineering at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and lecturer at ÉTS in computer studies. He still brings his technical expertise on many projects with Cirque du Soleil and for visual artists. He is currently electrical engineer at Radio-Canada, in the departement of media engineering.
MARIE PIER GAUTHIERINTERIM PRODUCER, NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA'S INTERACTIVE STUDIO
Marie-Pier Gauthier is an Interim Producer with the National Film Board of Canada’s Interactive Studio. For the last four years, she has held the position of Production Manager. As such, she contributes to all of the projects created by this veritable storytelling laboratory, from web documentaries, interactive installations for public spaces and interactive essays tor storytelling gaming. A graduate of l’Institut National de l’Image et du Son in interactive production as well as journalism, she has spent the last 10 years focused on producing projects by innovative artists, and on the intersection of disciplines.
MELISSA MONGIATARTIST, DESIGNER, FOUNDER OF DAILY TOUS LES JOURS
Melissa Mongiat is co-founder with Mouna Andraos of Daily tous les jours, which drives projects at the intersection of participation, design, and technology. The studio comes from the fields of interaction design and narrative environments. Melissa is a designer and strategist. While adhering to the possibilities that new media offer, her approach is emphasized through participation and screenwriting.
Daily tous les jours researches new ways to interact. They tell stories and design large-scale projects that impact cities, down to tiny ones that fit inside a pocket. Their projects bring magic to everyday places, behaviours, and objects, inviting the public to become active contributors in the process and the outcome.
The work has won numerous international recognitions including prizes from Core77 Design Festival, Best in Show and Best in Engaging at the 2013 Interaction Awards, and received the Grand Prize at the 2014 UNESCO Shenzen Design Awards for Young Talents. In 2010, the founders were awarded the Design Montréal Phyllis Lambert award.
Daily tous les jours is very active in the design and new media communities, giving lectures and workshops worldwide, notably at SXSW, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Leaders in Software and Arts (LISA) in New York, Banff New Media Institute, Saint-Étienne’s International Design Biennale, and the San José Biennale.
Before founding Daily tous les jours, Melissa Mongiat was based in London where she worked on a series of large-scale public interactive installations that led to her selection by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the world’s ten breakthrough designers.
Melissa holds an MA with distinction in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, and a BA in Graphic Design from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). With fellow graduates, she co-founded Like People Do, a research unit focusing on interactive environments at Central Saint Martins' Innovation Centre, that collaborated notably with Arup Foresight, Phillips, and China Heritage.
Melissa is currently teaching at UQAM's École de Design.
MICHEL MAILLOCHONADMINISTRATIVE AND TOUR DIRECTOR - 4D ART
Born in Paris, Michel Maillochon grew up in Orléans, studied in Tours, and then flew to Montreal one sunny morning in July 1980. And 30 years – and several return flights – later, he is still there. He first worked in a bookstore, including fifteen years at Olivieri, which he helped to launch. Then, he decided to change course and bring his practicality, love of painstakingly detailed work and courteous disposition to Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, where he has served as administrative and tour director for more than 10 years.
DOMINIQUE MOULONART CRITIC AND CURATOR
Art critic and curator, Dominique Moulon studied visual art at the Fine Art School (ENSA) of Bourges and holds a Master's Degree in aesthetics, science and technology from the University of Paris 8. He is a member of the Observatory of Digital Worlds in Humanities (OMNSH), of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and of the Opline Prize for online contemporary art. Founder of MediaArtDesign.net and MoocDigitalMedia.paris ; he also writes articles for Art Press, Digital MCD, The Seen and Neural. He is the Artistic Director of the media art fair Variation (Show Off) Paris. Dominique Moulon teaches digital media at EPSAA (Ecole Professionnelle Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques) in Paris, ECV (Ecole de Communication Visuelle) and Parsons (The New School for Design). He has also been a regular guest professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the National School of Fine Arts (ENSBA) in Paris, The Fresnoy (Studio national des arts contemporains) and the University of Paris 8. His book Contemporary New Media Art was published in French by Nouvelles Editions Scala in 2011 and in English as an e-book in 2013. Currently curator in residence at La Maison Populaire de Montreuil, he is doing research at the laboratory Art & Flux (CNRS) of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne while preparing his next book on the relationships between art, technology and society. As an expert in digital cultures, he has also been sollicited for his input by some companies like SFR, Accenture, Drouot, Renault, l’Oréal Google, Axa or Landor.
MARIE PERRAULTCRITIC AND CURATOR
As a critic and curator for the past 20 years, Marie Perrault has produced many contemporary art exhibitions and has written numerous essays for art publications and catalogues. Her interests are focused on the impact of technologies viewed from anthropological and social perspectives, and on various aspects of public art. She is in charge of the artistic direction of the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul.
Matthew Biederman works across media and milieus, architectures and systems, communities and continents since 1990. He creates works that utilize light, space and sound to reflect on the intricacies of perception mediated through digital technologies via installations, screen-based works and performances. Since 2008 he is a co-author of Arctic Perspective Initiative, dedicated to untangling ways of knowing, from traditional knowledge, culture and new technologies throughout the circumpolar region. His work has been featured at: Lyon Bienniale, Istanbul Design Bienniale, The Tokyo Museum of Photography, ELEKTRA, Montreal Bienniale, Ars Electronica, and CTM among many others.
NATHALIE BACHANDWRITER AND CURATOR
Nathalie Bachand is a writer and curator. Actively involved in the cultural field, she regularly writes on the visual and media arts. She is interested, as a curator, in the issues of digital technology and its conditions of emergence in contemporary art.
Previously in charge of development for ELEKTRA-BIAN (2006-2016), she initiated, created and directed the publication project Angles Digital Arts (2009). At the invitation of OBORO in 2012 and 2014, she developed, coordinated and facilitated a series of theoretical workshops on media arts. In 2016, she co-curated with Chloé Grondeau the exhibition ADC/DAC by the New York artist Phillip David Stearns, presented at Diagonale as part of the 3rd edition of BIAN. Most recently, she was curator of the group exhibition The Dead Web – La fin, presented at Eastern Bloc, and of the project of 32 exhibitions UN MILLION D’HORIZONS of the Accès culture network for the 375th of Montréal which took place in the summer of 2017. She currently holds the position of direction of cultural knowledge for the Centre en art actuel Sporobole where she writes short essays on art-science relations – in collegiality with Miguel Aubouy.
YING GAOA FASHION DESIGNER AND UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR
A fashion designer and university professor, Ying Gao has achieved personal distinction through her numerous creative projects: five solo exhibitions in Switzerland and Canada (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Textile Museum of Canada…) and participation in around fifty group exhibitions around the world (MAK Vienna, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Design Museum Holon…). Her varied creative work has enjoyed international media coverage: over 350 press articles and media appearances (Time, METAL, Vogue, Dazed, Interni, Radio Canada, TV5… ). She is one of the “Fab 40: Canada” selected by Wallpaper magazine.
Ying Gao questions our assumptions about clothing by combining urban design, architecture and media design. She explores the construction of the garment, taking her inspiration from the transformations of the social and urban environment. Recognized worldwide, her designs are frequently shown in museums and galleries. Design is the medium, situated in the technological rather than in the textile realm : sensory technologies allow garments to become more playful and interactive. Ying Gao explores both the status of the individual, whose physical contours are transformed by external interferences, and the garment’s function as a fragile protective space. Her work testifies to the profound mutation of the world in which we live and carries with it a radical critical dimension that transcends technological experimentation.