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Hétéropolis (le livre), publication Adaptive Actions, décembre 2013.| Hétéropolis (the book), publication Adaptive Actions, december 2013.

Adaptive Actions - Jean-Maxime Dufresne et Jean-François Prost
From December 6th 2014 to December 13th 2014
Hétéropolis - Atelier en deux volets

Saturdays December 6 and 13 from 1 PM-5 PM

12 participants maximum
Reservations: communications@optica.ca

Price: $20, which includes a copy of the book Heteropolis.
Free for those who already have the book.
Refreshments will be served.

Informed by the paradox of heterogeneity and homogeneity in the urban fabric of the world’s cities, Adaptive Actions (AA) proposes a two-day workshop at centre OPTICA in which participants can share their thoughts on these transformations. Certain quarters of the city of Montreal, such as the traditionally working-class neighbourhoods of the Mile End and Mile-Ex, are changing quickly, their gentrification marked by mushrooming art galleries and art centres while major international businesses set up shop in the area. How do we reactualize points of contact between the various communities? How do the dynamics and power relationships influence this development? How can we renew the narrative potential of these areas today?

The book Heteropolis contains pages intentionally left empty, as they are reserved for the contributions of workshop participants. Interacting directly with the project, participants are called upon to comment on the forms of hybridization that emerge from the urban diversity they observe in the field. With various media at their disposal, they are invited to express their point of view on an existing, emerging, or imagined condition or situation specific to Montreal. A discussion about the projects developed in the book will take place in OPTICA’S AGORA space during the second weekend of the workshop.

For more information about the workshop

Published in French and in English, with a print run of 1000 copies, the 350-page Heteropolis comprises an interview with political theorist Michael Hardt, a dozen critical essays and fictional texts of 1,500 to 4000 words (by Kyong Park, Sophie Le-Phat Ho, Patrice Loubier, Alexandra Tigchelaar, Gean Moreno, Scapegoat, among others), and more than 40 contributions in the form of photographs, drawings, scans, and citations (including the work of Laurence Bonvin, Jean-Pierre Aubé, Ana Rewakowicz, Nuria Carton de Grammont, Tercerunquinto, and Electronic Disturbance Theatre 2.0 / b.a.n.g. lab). The book weaves connections between international contributors from a diversity of places and contexts—Montreal, Tijuana, Miami, Hong Kong, Beirut, Quebec City, Cairo, New York, and Douala.

The editorial committee consists of Marie-Pier Boucher, Jean-Maxime Dufresne, Gema Melgar, and Jean-François Prost. Graphic design in collaboration with FEED (Montreal).

With the support of the Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University.

For more information about the book Heteropolis

AA is actively building up an online data bank of urban interventions. Using open calls for proposals, AA operates as a think tank, generating various platforms with a view to inducing change in the urban environment. The AA lab supports minority causes and strives to shed light on alternative attitudes to city life, citizens’ “counter-conduct” and artistic creation, through which personal creativity and imagination impacts everyday life. AA’s mission is to compile existing actions and promote discussion of them while inspiring the production of new creative activity adapted to and transformative of urban space. AA has been presented at the 2010 Madrid Abierto Biennial, Gallery SPACE (London, 2007), the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Montreal, 2010), the Lisbon Architecture Triennial (2013), and Matadero Madrid (2013). After the recent publication of Heteropolis in 2014, the Adaptive Actions platform will be the subject of a series of interventions in Mexico City and Montreal during the Biennale de Montréal. www.adaptiveactions.net/information

An artist educated in architecture and environmental design, Jean-François Prost has a keen interest in new urban territories, spaces (and situations) of no apparent specificity, neglected, indeterminate, overcontrolled, even sterile. In Prost’s work, art is an act of resistance, a state of mind, a device to enunciate and exchange ideas. It activates and promotes social engagement, defends the presence of art everywhere and at anytime. Since 1998, his individual and collaborative work as founder of Adaptive Actions (2007) and co-founder of atelier SYN- (2000) has been shown at Dare Dare (Montreal, 1998-2000), the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal, 2004), the International Architecture Bienniale Rotterdam (2005), the 3rd Manif d’art de Québec (2005), the Liverpool Biennial (2006), the Lisbon Triennial of Architecture (2013), and the International Architecture Biennial in Sao Paulo (2013).

Jean-Maxime Dufresne is an artist trained in architecture and multimedia studies, whose research addresses urban and social territories as well as the transformations that shape them. Architectural inquiry and artistic agency are reconsidered through the multifaceted means of installation, photography, sound, video, intervention, and editing. His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in Canada (Sporobole, Optica, Darling Foundry, Skol, Canadian Centre for Architecture), the United States (Graham Foundation), Spain (Madrid Abierto), Finland (Titanik), and Brazil (Sao Paulo Architecture Biennale). Working with artist Virginie Laganière, he is currently producing new research that looks into the afterlife and narratives of complex and often controversial Olympic sites in Beijing, Athens, Montreal, and Sarajevo (Centre VU Photo, Manif d’art 7 / Quebec City Biennale, 2014), project that will continue in Berlin, Munich, and Tokyo in 2014-15. Residencies have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the CALQ, at the Inside-Out Art Museum (Beijing, 2013), Raw Material Company (Dakar, 2011), Homesession (Barcelona, 2012), and Titanik (Turku, 2014). His recent output with SYN- includes the Infracampus project at University of Guelph, produced with support from Musagetes (2011-13). He has been involved with the Adaptive Actions (AA) platform since 2009, coediting the Heteropolis book and contributing in particular to the Montreal, Lisbon and Madrid chapters.