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The environment as a processor of information is propaganda. Propaganda ends where dialogue begins.” — Marshall McLuhan, Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage. (Toronto : Bantam Books, 1967), 142

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Parcours pittoresque du Quartier des spectacles

Le Quartier des spectacles est une des composantes de la nouvelle image de marque de Montréal axée sur la culture et la mise en valeur de son activité créatrice. Il s’agit de la plus récente phase de son développement économique. Je m’intéresse en particulier à l’opinion des gens concernant l’impact socioéconomique et environnemental de ces changements.

The Quartier des spectacles is part of Montréal’s re-branding through culture as a “creative city.” This is the most recent of many phases of economic development in the city’s history. I am interested in public opinion on the impact (socioeconomic and environmental) of these changes.

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Why did discussions around landscape in Canada before the 1960s tend to champion national difference and distinctiveness, often under the banner of exceptionalism, while more recent debates have focused on issues of colonial power and dispossession, transnational crossovers, and regional idiosyncrasy? What relevance do traditional landscape tropes have in a world of vastly altered political, technological, demographic, and environmental circumstances? And if traditional tropes continue to persist, what does it say about the relationship between contemporary realities and the the authority, power, and influence of conventional understandings of nationhood?” — Beyond Wilderness : The Group of Seven, Canadian Identity, and Contemporary Art. John O’Brian and Peter White Eds. (Montreal : McGill-Queens University Press, 2007), 6.

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Le chasseur d’ours

Arthur HEMING, The Bear Hunter, 1910

17 août 2007, L’Église
25e Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul

HEMING, Arthur. The Bear Hunter, 1910. Monochrome oil on canvas. 42.6 x 30.9 cm (image); 49.8 x 36.2 cm (canvas). National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Accession no. 218. (Reproduced from Canadian Art : Catalogue of the National Gallery of Canada Ottawa. Vol. 2 / G-K. Ed. Pierre B. Landry. Ottawa : National Gallery of Canada, 1994. p. 116.)

Cette toile fut inspirée par un couple de Les Éboulements qui ont une grande ouverture d’esprit, à tel point qu’ils accueillent des gens défavorisés chez eux pour leur faire vivre une expérience dans la nature. Pendant leur séjour, le monsieur accompagne ces gens en randonnée. Il est également un chasseur d’ours. Bien que cette toile n’est pas strictement un paysage, il témoigne d’une image, celle de l’homme dans la nature, identité que nous avons en tant que peuple descendant des coureurs de bois, des chasseurs et des pionniers qui ont exploré ce pays sauvage. (more…)

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When I was a child, I knew no more about nature than a squirrel. If someone had asked me what nature was, I would probably have said that it was my family’s farm, the woods especially and the creek that flooded every spring. Nature was space and the wild things in it, like the geese that flew overhead.” — George Gessert, “Gathered from Coincidence : Reflections on Art in a Time of Global Warming” Leonardo 40, no. 3 (2007) p.231

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Landscape does not exist in nature without the eye which grasps an expanse of land as a landscape. Climate’s existence is similar… Climate is thus a multidimentional phenomenon in which are combined the contributions of nature, culture, history and geography, but also the imaginary and the symbolic.” — Julien Knebusch. “The Perception of Climate Change” Leonardo 40, no.2 (2007) p.113

I’ll be back at the Marché Atwater / Atwater Market in June and July, and at the 25e SYMPOSIUM international d’art contemporain de BAIE-SAINT-PAUL in August.

Venez me rencontrer…

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