After a sixth edition devoted to humour, this year, the Colloque arts et médias at Université de Montréal’s is in doubt. A claimed and voluntary doubt, as modalities of being and thinking, in order to question pre-established norms, formats and speeches. Researchers and students will thus sow and investigate doubt in fields with vast and complementary horizons such as art history, cinema, archeology, sociology, anthropology, communication, design, scenic and visual arts, video games, or literature and environmental sciences.

During these three days that we will spend together, it will be a question of restoring the complexity and richness of narratives and lives lived. We will leave room for reverse angles, but also blind spots, all too often dismissed by the dominant discourses. These scientific, artistic and daily questions will be fleshed out through six panels that want to move away from any form of categorization. Thus, we hope to encourage discussion and the emergence of new voices and paths. We propose a research-creation workshop focused on "trans-corporality" and the deconstruction of our environments, three talks given by professors André Habib, Michèle Garneau and Vincent Lavoie, an evening of projection of native short films in partnership with Wapikoni, as well as an audiovisual installation by Samy Benammar entitled Fragments of Aleppo. All this to shed light "between" areas of doubt.

The first panel raises the importance of the archive in the (re)construction of collective memory. It will discuss the modeling of degraded or destroyed heritages, documents on the first acts of queer performances in Canada and issues of native self-representing museology. The second panel will present new modes of activist and sensory perceptions until then invisible. A more inclusive concept of the museum and representation of non-normative bodies in art and cinema histories will be exposed. Other panelists will address the manipulation of images as a real or virtual potential of digital experimental cinema, from films by Werner Herzog to those of Jeff Nichols. The panel on narrative disruptions and continuities will consider formats, aesthetics and interfaces through prisms as diverse as television series, recorded wrestling matches, and the impact of the player's actions in Undertale. The penultimate panel will approach, for its part, a normativity redesigned through alternative narratives, from the point of view of fake-news, the place given to utopia, as well as the non-binary consideration of genres. Finally, the question of artistic, historical and societal authenticity will be put to the test through the study of the restoration of Michelangelo's works in the Sistine Chapel, the pictorial representation of the Civil War, the symbolic charge of native tattoo, as well as identity photographs known as "oriental".

By exploring the power of the visual, our relationships to the body, technologies and images, as well as the grey areas of collective memory, all of these communications will undoubtedly give new insight into our conception of reality, both in view of history and contemporary times.

Wishing you ever more inspiring uncertainties,

The scientific committee

We thank our sponsors for helping us make this edition possible.

  • L'Université de Montréal via le «Le Fonds d'amélioration de la vie étudiante» (FAVE)
  • La Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal via le fond pour les «Projets d'initiatives étudiantes» (FAECUM-PIÉ)
  • Département d'histoire de l'art et d'études cinématographiques de l'Université de Montréal
  • Sup de Création
  • Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
  • Le Musée de la civilisation
  • Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada
  • Le Cinéma Beaubien
  • La Chapelle Scène Contemporaine

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