Est-Nord-Est (ENE), Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec
Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 – 7.30 PM
I will speak about my experience as the Writer-in-Residence during the fall residency at Est-Nord-Est (ENE), an artist-run centre in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec that hosts an international community of artists and authors in contemporary art. Situated in a small village on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, the residency offers a great opportunity for artistic experimentation and research in a unique setting with a rich history.
ENE welcomes contemporary visual-arts artists from all disciplines and it encourages writing about contemporary art through its writer’s residency. There are three residency periods, offered in the spring, summer, and fall, and they usually bring together four artists and one author in contemporary art. My residency ran from October 9 to November 3, 2017. I will give a brief summary of the work of the other artists-in-residence and also present a selection from the project I was working on during my time there.
Michael Davidge is an artist, writer, and independent curator who lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the Artist Residency Coordinator at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. His writing on art and culture has appeared in Border Crossings, BlackFlash and C Magazine, among other publications. He is currently the Ottawa correspondent for Akimbo’s Akimblog.
A note on the Salons.
1. Every month or so (there have been some hiatuses) Rene and I invite an artist, who has done a project outside the Ottawa area, to give a presentation in our home. This could be about an exhibition, a presentation, a residency or a research trip. It is a nice, informal way to get to know about something that we don’t have a chance to experience in person.
2. We have also invited artists who are new in town to give a presentation about their work.
3. And we are interested to hear from artists who have graduated from the MFA program at Ottawa U. and have settled in Ottawa.
The get-togethers are super casual, and the talks are short so there is lots of time for discussions about all sorts of things. People take turns to bring wine (we ask different people each time). This isn’t about food, so we usually have only chips. Invitations to speakers are based on coincidence, happenstance and word of mouth. There is only space for 20 people, first RSVP-ed first served, so please RSVP as soon as possible. If there are more people than seats, we create a waiting list. For the following salon, the people on the waiting list get an advanced notice. We are trying not to turn the salons into a club, and this is the best way we know of getting different people together at different times. Please don’t be discouraged if you don’t get in the first time. Although there are now more than 340 names on the RIA list, people usually can attend at least 1 out of 2 salons.
If you sign up but can’t make it at the last moment, let us know, so we can contact someone on the waiting list.