MANDATE

Vidéographe is a centre for the creation, presentation and distribution of media works, a convergence of multidisciplinary practices and technologies at the service of independent artists.

Vidéographe is a facilitating centre for the production of media arts projects, which includes all steps of the artistic process: creation, research, conception and production. Throughout the process, the centre offers artistic direction, a team of expert consultants, the appropriate physical spaces and technology, and the creative virtual space, found on the cutting edge Vithèque platform.

Vidéographe offers three categories of service: creation, presentation and distribution of media works, which include: art videos, documentaries, short films, interactive installations, robotics and new media. The centre is a source of support not only for young creators but for established professionals.



HISTORICAL BACKGROUND


Vidéographe, the first artist-run centre dedicated to video production in Canada, saw the light of day in 1971 thanks to the efforts of a group of National Film Board (NFB) filmmakers and producers who sought to democratize the production and dissemination of audiovisual documents. After being incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1973 it set up a dissemination network that Canadians and Europeans have taken up as a model to disseminate independent video.

In the beginning of the 80s, Vidéographe redefined itself as a production and dissemination centre open to the use of video as an intervention tool and an artistic the decade the notion of video art became increasingly widespread and Vidéographe was no longer the only important player in the milieu. Its active dissemination policy and openness to production made it an essential access centre to independent video.
The policy of co-production was established. Video gained recognition as a form of artistic expression.

Important artists such as Robert Morin and Lorraine Dufour, Chantal duPont, Donigan Cumming, Luc Bourdon, Marc Paradis, Lauraine André G., Serge Murphy and Charles Guilbert, Nathalie Bujold, Mario Côté and Paul Landon, among others, benefited from the production program and had their works disseminated by Vidéographe.

In the spring of 1998, Vidéographe opened a programming space in the artistic heart of the city in order to present installation works or Canadian and international programs.  Since 2000, Espace Vidéographe has adopted a nomadic dissemination mode so as to explore new presentation forms and to diversify its audience.

To better respond to the realities and needs of media artists, since the end of the 90s Vidéographe has developed its interactive new media research and creation laboratory (PARC), which offers residencies, training, performances and other events.  In recent years Vidéographe Production has also specialized in non-linear video editing, in the development and promotion of open source software for the interactive arts as well as in customized training.

The evolution of digital technology has opened pathways between disciplines. New players enter the field. Vidéographe is gradually transforming into a multidisciplinary workshop for creation, experimentation, research, production and presentation.

The organization has also decided to open up to new types of presentation and digital distribution, all the while preserving the authors’ royalties. From this perspective is born the Vithèque Internet platform, which presents, distributes, promotes and manages authors’ royalties.

With the Vithèque platform, which will soon allow creation on-line, Vidéographe will become a centre for creation, offering a multitude of services in creation, presentation, distribution, promotion, communication and in management, as much for the artists as for professionals and the general public.

 

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MANDATE

Vidéographe is a centre for the creation, presentation and distribution of media works, a convergence of multidisciplinary practices and technologies at the service of independent artists.

Vidéographe is a facilitating centre for the production of media arts projects, which includes all steps of the artistic process: creation, research, conception and production. Throughout the process, the centre offers artistic direction, a team of expert consultants, the appropriate physical spaces and technology, and the creative virtual space, found on the cutting edge Vithèque platform.

Vidéographe offers three categories of service: creation, presentation and distribution of media works, which include: art videos, documentaries, short films, interactive installations, robotics and new media. The centre is a source of support not only for young creators but for established professionals.



HISTORICAL BACKGROUND


Vidéographe, the first artist-run centre dedicated to video production in Canada, saw the light of day in 1971 thanks to the efforts of a group of National Film Board (NFB) filmmakers and producers who sought to democratize the production and dissemination of audiovisual documents. After being incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1973 it set up a dissemination network that Canadians and Europeans have taken up as a model to disseminate independent video.

In the beginning of the 80s, Vidéographe redefined itself as a production and dissemination centre open to the use of video as an intervention tool and an artistic the decade the notion of video art became increasingly widespread and Vidéographe was no longer the only important player in the milieu. Its active dissemination policy and openness to production made it an essential access centre to independent video.
The policy of co-production was established. Video gained recognition as a form of artistic expression.

Important artists such as Robert Morin and Lorraine Dufour, Chantal duPont, Donigan Cumming, Luc Bourdon, Marc Paradis, Lauraine André G., Serge Murphy and Charles Guilbert, Nathalie Bujold, Mario Côté and Paul Landon, among others, benefited from the production program and had their works disseminated by Vidéographe.

In the spring of 1998, Vidéographe opened a programming space in the artistic heart of the city in order to present installation works or Canadian and international programs.  Since 2000, Espace Vidéographe has adopted a nomadic dissemination mode so as to explore new presentation forms and to diversify its audience.

To better respond to the realities and needs of media artists, since the end of the 90s Vidéographe has developed its interactive new media research and creation laboratory (PARC), which offers residencies, training, performances and other events.  In recent years Vidéographe Production has also specialized in non-linear video editing, in the development and promotion of open source software for the interactive arts as well as in customized training.

The evolution of digital technology has opened pathways between disciplines. New players enter the field. Vidéographe is gradually transforming into a multidisciplinary workshop for creation, experimentation, research, production and presentation.

The organization has also decided to open up to new types of presentation and digital distribution, all the while preserving the authors’ royalties. From this perspective is born the Vithèque Internet platform, which presents, distributes, promotes and manages authors’ royalties.

With the Vithèque platform, which will soon allow creation on-line, Vidéographe will become a centre for creation, offering a multitude of services in creation, presentation, distribution, promotion, communication and in management, as much for the artists as for professionals and the general public.

 

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