Art Nomade, International Meeting of Performance Art of Saguenay, was founded in 2007 by the performance artist, Francis O’Shaughnessy, who is currently its Artistic Director. The Artist-run Centre Le Lobe produced the event for the first two editions of 2007 and 2009. From the beginning, the main event has been held at the Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum, thanks to a fruitful partnership between the museum and Art Nomade.
The first edition of the event took place from the 2nd to the 4th of November 2007 in Saguenay. It included the work of twelve artists (eleven performances were presented) in the practical component and for the theoretical component, two lectures were presented.
The first edition also enabled us to lay the early foundations of partnerships with other art centres and educational institutions to develop a network platform. In this way, other centres such as Espace Virtuel (Saguenay, Qc), Langage Plus (Alma, Qc) and Le Lieu (Québec, Qc) welcomed, in their respective establishments, artists from Art Nomade, who could exhibit their productions in the visual arts, as a parallel with their performance art. The Collège d’Alma (Alma, Qc), the Cégep de Jonquière (Saguenay, Qc) and the University of Québec in Chicoutimi (Saguenay, Qc) added their support and gave workshops and lectures on performance art.
The adventure continued in 2009 with the second edition of Art Nomade from the 1st to the 3rd of October. This edition, with the theme “Indétermination (Uncertainty)”, brought nineteen artists from six countries together. The network component continued to flourish and together with the six partners from the first edition, added two new ones who presented performance evenings and workshops, the Sporobole Artist-run Centre (Sherbrooke, Qc) and the Native Museum of Mashteuiatsh (Mashteuiatsh, Qc).
2010 brought a change in the organisational structure of the event when Espace Virtuel Artist-ru Centre became its new producer. When merged with the gallery [Séquence] (Saguenay, Qc), Espace Virtuel would become, in 2012, the Bang Art Now Centre which today produces Art Nomade.
The change of producer led to a break in the schedule and the 3rd edition had to be postponed so that restructuring could take place. During this pause, the Art Nomade team worked on an international exchange programme. Consequently, from 2011 to 2013, Art Nomade has been represented in six major art events throughout the world, and it is in 2013 that held the first international exchange with the collective Fluxee.
The International Meeting of Performance Art of Saguenay will return for its 3rd edition in 2013. The programme will be further widened to include a programme over two weekends. With a total of five performance evenings, the event will present 23 artists from 12 countries, making it the edition with the most important international representation to date.
This deployment continues with the widening of the network platform which now includes 13 partners in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region (Pulperie de Chicoutimi Regional Museum, UQAC, Cégep de Chicoutimi, Cégep de Jonquière, Collège d’Alma, Langage Plus), in Québec (Le Lieu, l’Œil de poisson, Folie/Culture, Caravansérail, UQAM, AXENÉO7) and in Ontario (Galerie SAW Gallery, FADO Performance Art Centre).
DIRECTEUR ARTISTIQUE, COMMISSAIRE, RÉSEAU/
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CUTATOR & NETWORK
COMMISSAIRE, DIRECTEUR TECHNIQUE/
CURATOR TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
COMMISSAIRE, COORDONNATRICE DES BÉNÉVOLES/
CURATOR & COORDINATION OF THE VOLUNTEERS
JULIE ANDRÉE T.
DIRECTEUR GÉNÉRAL/DIRECTOR GENERAL
DIRECTEUR ADJOINT/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
COORDINATEUR ARTISTIQUE/ARTISTIC COORDINATOR
SECRÉTAIRE DE DIRECTION/EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
CHARGÉE DE PROJET/PROJECT MANAGER
RESPONSABLE DES COMMUNICATIONS/ COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
LIBRAIRE ET CHARGÉ DE PROJETS/BOOKSTORE AND PROJECT MANAGER
Graphisme – Édition 2015/Graphics – 2015 Edition
Ohlala! Productions (Marielle Couture)
Logo Art Nomade : Terrain Vague
Logo Art Nomade – Bang : Pigé! Communication
Capsules web/Web Teaser : Zone Occupée
Documentation vidéo/Video Documentation :
Traductrices/Translators: Marion Boudreault, Sara Létourneau, Maude Cournoyer
Documentation photo/Photo Documentation :
Technicien web/Web Technician : Martin Lavertu
Révision/Revision : Christine Martel
The Art Nomade team wishes to warmly thank all the volunteers and all the hosts for their implication and for the accommodation of the artists. A very special thank to Mrs. Suzie Perron, Cultural Responsible at La Pulperie de Chicoutimi, to Mr. Jean Rasmusen, Technical Responsible, for his for his invaluable help in the setting up of the event logistics. Finally, we would like to emphasize on the involvement of Gabrielle Desbiens from the city of Saguenay for her help with the coordination of the volunteers and to Bruno Marceau, Vincent Hinse and Martin Lavertu for their work in the preparation of the event.
Art Nomade (AN) is an international performance art meeting which aims to redefine and circumscribe new artistic and performance art frontiers. Focusing on interdisciplinary practices, AN includes a practical component (performances) and a theoretical component (lectures and workshops) to question and throw light on various ideas and notions about performance art. AN wishes to explore this practice in Saguenay, because we are convinced to be able to develop here a wide and diverse audience.
Since 2007, local performance art has acquired maturity and has generated a growing interest in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean community as well as in the province of Québec. Furthermore, AN has extended its biennial artistic Meetings with a network platform throughout Canada and more recently, with national and international exchanges. Dynamic and constantly evolving, AN allows both experienced practitioners and emerging artists to express their unique identity as well as their cultural and ethnic values.