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Creative Frictions at the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal

Creative Frictions at the Society for Arts and Technology in Montreal
Photo credit: A. Larrivée

Creative Frictions – an evening of networking

The French Tech community from the West of France (Nantes/Saint Nazaire and Rennes/Saint Malo) was out in force for Digital Week in Montreal and Quebec from 3 to 8 April 2016: over 300 representatives from companies, startups and agencies, counsellors and institutional representatives were present.
At the suggestion of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, the entertaining #FrictionsCreatives evening at SAT was the ideal introduction to this event on 3 April 2016. The former students of L’École de design working in Montreal, mainly in the fields of UX Design and interface design, joined forces for the occasion to welcome the delegation and share their experiences.

After a presentation of the Satosphere with an immersive 360 degree experience, Monique Joyeux (president of the SAT) opened the evening with a talk on the main features of the center, followed by a speech from the elected members of the delegation to launch Quebec digital week.

L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and the University of Montreal also presented the results of the Datalogy project, an experiment in transatlantic cooperation between the students of Montreal University and those of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique which took place over 3 days in February 2016. 26 project proposals were developed after an in-depth study of data on Nantes and Montreal (research, standardization, cross-referencing, etc.) using everyday objects to facilitate access to information for readers. This collaboration is set to be the first of many, as an academic partnership agreement has just been signed with L’École de design de l’Université de Montréal.

The evening was the perfect opportunity for all the participants (counsellors, institutional representatives, company directors, start-uppers and school alumni) to exchange ideas with complete freedom. A successful start to the French delegation’s visit of Montreal.

Photo credit: A. Larrivée

L’École de design would like to say a warm thank you to Myriam Picovschi, 2011 alumni and a resident of Montreal for the past 2 years, for having organized this wonderful event in partnership with the team from the Nantes St-Nazaire Development Agency and Cyrielle Bonola, in charge of Quebec/Nantes St-Nazaire & Rennes development at the Quebec CCI, with the participation of the SAT team.

Photo credit: A. Larrivée

What is the Society for Arts and Technology?

Founded in 1996, the Society for Arts and Technology is a non-profit organization recognized internationally for its active, leading role in developing immersive technologies, augmented reality and creative use of high-speed networks. With its triple mission as a center for the arts, research and training in digital art, SAT was created to support a new generation of creators/researchers in the digital age.

The SAT has become a space for pivotal events, where everything is possible, at once stimulating and showcasing trends in technology applied to arts and design. A gathering place for diverse intelligence, curiosity, knowledge and talent, the Society for Arts and Technology is a live creative laboratory whose unconventional experiences bring together the tangible and the unexpected.

Within its 4400m2 premises one can find the Satosphere, a permanent modular dome, dedicated to the development and presentation of 360° immersive experiences. With a diameter of 18 meters and height of 13 meters, filled with 157 speakers, this unique equipment complements the studios and workshops housed inside the SAT.

SAT has an organizational model that has led it to be the first North American member to be invited to join the Open Living Labs (ENoLL) network, a European initiative regrouping more than 170 research and innovation centers all over the world, demonstrating how its activities impact social and economic spheres.

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