Mandate & History

MANDATE: 

Since 2007, Eastern Bloc has been at the forefront of digital art dissemination, promotion and production in Quebec. The vision at Eastern Bloc is to explore and push the creative boundaries situated at the intersection of art, technology, and science, as well as all other emerging digital practices. Hybrid processes and new modes of production are at the core of the centre’s mandate, as is to support the work of emerging artists by providing them with an exchange platform with more established artists, through initiatives of a local and international scale. Eastern Bloc promotes audience participation, technological democratization, and the utilization of urban space via public intervention projects. Innovative in its nature, Eastern Bloc, through emerging artistic and technological practices, continues to advance a critical stance with regards to these many evolutions.

Eastern Bloc is a member of :
the Regroupement des centres d’artiste autogéré du Québec , the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques , the LabàLab network, the Independent Media Arts Alliance and Culture Montréal.

EASTERN BLOC'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • 10 years activities 
  • Près de 1000 artistes et créateur-rice-s de la relève supporté-e-s
  • 85 workshops
  • 15 exhibitions 
  • 30 Data : Salon
  • 9 editions of the Sight & Sound Festival
  • 1 600 visitors to our Festival
  • 19 artists in residency
  • 75 special events & collaborations
  • 23 345 website visitors per year 
  • 5 236 Facebook followers 
  • 2 369 Twitter followers  
  • 1 755 Instagram followers 
  • 60-70 members per year 
  • 5 employees 
  • Over 30 trainees and volunteers per year 
  • Since 2007, we have supported more than 1000 emerging artists!!!

PRIZES AND AWARDS : 

  • Finalist for the Grand prize of Conseil des arts de Montréal in the « digital art » catagory (2011)
  • Second Prize in social economy given by CRÉ de Montréal (2011)
  • Prix de la relève - Caisse de la culture of Conseil des arts de Montréal (2012)

**Digital Art Dissemination: The act of spreading knowledge of digital art widely

**Digital Art: Any work made with digital technology or presented on digital technology

**Technological Democratization: Democratization of technology refers to the process by which access to technology rapidly continues to become more accessible to more people