Eastern Bloc


26 November 2015

In November 2014, Eastern Bloc welcomed the Colombian artist Santiago Leal, thus realizing the first in a series of international artist-in-residence exchanges with the city of Medellin. This year, we continue this project and welcome the artist Yolanda Duarte to present her work and the culmination of her residency project on Thursday, November 26th. In Words Proyect, Duarte puts forward a multimedia proposal that has its origins in performance art, in the context of her investigation of the balance between the modern technological world and the ancestral. Duarte explores Latin American poetry, especially that which comes from the Wayuu ethnic group from which the artist is a descendant.

7pm - 9pm

5 - 25 November 2015
BPLTC II : Identity Control

The second part of the BPLTC cycle will focus more specifically on the issue of identity control as it relates to individual biometric data. One could describe the phenomenon of biometric identification as the set of scientific methods seeking to certify the identity of a person from reading fixed body data. The works presented in this exhibition are concerned with the use of biometric data in relation to the ethical questions they raise about the control of citizens and privacy protection.

Gallery opening hours : Tues - Sun, 12pm - 5pm
Vernissage : 5 November 2015, 6pm - 9pm

23 October 2015 - 7 January 2016

This fall, Eastern Bloc will be launching a new project: PirateBlocRadio: In Situ, a series of five radio performances/interventions in public space. The series will run throughout the fall of 2015, with the participation of artists Emilie Mouchous, Nicolas Dion & Anne-Françoise Jacques, Erin Sexton, Thomas Bégin & Sylvain Le Beux, and Stéphanie Castonguay & Sylvain Aubé.

23 - 25 October 2015, 12pm - 5pm, @ Eastern Bloc:
Erin Sexton (VE2SXN)

24 October 2015, 2pm - 3pm, @ Parc du Premier-Chemin-de-Fer, St-Henri:
Nicolas Dion & Anne-Françoise Jacques

1 November 2015, 2pm - 5pm, @ Eastern Bloc:
Emilie Mouchous

Every first Thursday of the month

Eastern Bloc and CKUT are teaming up for a novel radio project, dedicated to emerging artistic practices, with special attention to those occurring on the Montreal digital arts scene. The next show will air Thursday June 4th, from 8pm to 9pm, with several invited artists.

8pm - 9pm
CKUT – 90,3 MHz



13 October - 17 November 2015
Introduction to Python
Workshop series given by Ismail Negm
Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 10pm
Fee : $250 regular / $125 reduced

No matter what your field of interest, there's a good chance learning to code in Python will bring you valuable new forms of expression. Visual arts? Use the Blender API to generate 3D art programmatically or PyProcessing to create generative and dynamic 2D. Musical composition? Analyze with Music 21 or use the Mingus library as a foundation for your compositions and generative works. Sound design? Use Pyo for signal processing. Robotics? Use Pyro to control and give them vision or use the Python that comes preinstalled on Raspberry-Pi to build your own inventions. Machine learning, mathematics, embedded systems, web development? There are thousands of libraries and innumerable ways in which you can use Python programming to realize your projects.


Come and join us for our weekly open lab night. Every Thursday evening, from 6pm until 10pm, open lab nights are a great opportunity to come and find out how to become a member and learn more about what our members are working on in a relaxed and casual environment.


As part of their "Artist Toolkit" program, the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels (RAAV) offers professional artists working in the visual and media arts the opportunity to receive a partial reimbursement on participation fees to workshop and continued education activities. Some conditions apply, and to know more about this program, artists are invited to click on the link below. As of 2015, all professional artists participating in Eastern Bloc workshops are eligible to receive a partial reimbursement on their registration fees.



Deadline for submissions: 27 November 2015
Residency dates: 18 January - 9 March 2016
Public presentation: 10 - 13 March 2016

Eastern Bloc’s residency program is a chance for artists and audiences to critically engage in the artistic process, with a focus on DIY and open source culture as well as the political discourse surrounding contemporary digital culture, with a special consideration for pedagogy and technological democratization. For the upcoming Winter 2016 residency, artists (or artist collectives) are asked to submit a project in one or more of the following disciplines: interactive installation/performance, Net art, bio art, audio/video installation, A/V performance, sound performance, public intervention.

Deadline for submissions: 4 December 2015

From September 2015 until June 2016, a one-night event, informal in nature, will showcase the works in progress of Eastern Bloc’s current and potential members. Participating artists receive immediate feedback from the public, are given access to the centre’s exhibition spaces, our technical resources, the team’s expertise and a range of documentations services and marketing tools. Please submit your proposal – in the fields of New Media art – at any time during the 2015 – 2016 season.