PRESENTATION
Engaged in current and breaking artistic enquiry, l’Œil de Poisson (Fish eye) is actively committed to topical issues within contemporary art, the centre encompasses a full spectrum of visual arts and features a professional infrastructure able to respond to the varied interests of its members and the community.

Highly involved in multimedia and inter/multidisciplinarity, the centre promotes experimental art and breakthrough practices, thereby stimulating transfers and mergers between disciplines. Part of Méduse — a complex housing 10 production and/or exhibition venues — l’Œil de Poisson offers artists and the public an outstanding location for exchange, generating the type of energy that is essential to creative development.

COMMITTED PRODUCER
AND EXHIBITOR
The preeminent feature of l’Œil de Poisson’s mandate remains its commitment to its immediate cultural environment.

Simultaneously engaged in exhibition and production, the centre seeks to respond to the multiple concerns and avenues of contemporary art through widely diverse activities in its gallery and its production workshops.

Whether through exhibitions; the production or presentation of live events; collaborative projects involving in-house production facilities; artist residencies; local, provincial, national or international exchanges; and publishing, the centre relies on multiple fields of interest to bear witness to the practices and investigations of art being made here, now.

The centre encourages unusual and contextual exhibitions, first-run multidisciplinary projects or events, and original enquiry.

EXHIBITION
SPACES



MAIN
GALLERY
Submission of proposals: October 15

Surface: 115 m2
Height: 4 m
Lighting: 12 dimmers console and 30 projectors (Leko, Par, Fresnel)
Floor: polished and sealed concrete

SMALL
GALLERY
Submission of proposals: October 15

Surface: 8 m2
Height: 4 m

POUR UNE DÉSOBÉISSANCE CRÉATRICE
(For Creative Disobedience)

2019-2020 CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: Octobrer 28, 2018
(Please note that it is the only deadline of the year.)

Artist-run centres have emerged in the province of Québec in the years 1980 to offer contemporary artists creation and production spaces, so they could create experimental works outside the museum circuits, without commercial necessities. Almost forty years later, these centres have professionalized, structured, and institutionalized themselves. Even though their production and exhibition contexts strive to remain close to current practices, they have gradually become normalized and formalized.

In this new call for proposals, l’Œil de Poisson wishes to renew with its subversive and experimental character, and invites the artistic community to break free from the re-institutionalization of exhibition practices. The centre will transform into a genuine living laboratory, an active platform where all alternative practices are invited to find shelter. The goal is to completely shake up our knowledge to foster the circulation and confrontation of ideas, and invent new ways of making Art. Proposals can take any form, up to the re-invention of new and imaginary paradigms. The idea is to explore strategies that propose new ways of relating to the world and making art.

The centre invites all local and abroad artistic entities — artists, artistic collectives, curators, speakers, critics, or any person claiming to be — to submit proposals of bold and reckless nature, that foster dialogues on new ideas or new ways of working. The centre will favor experimental, innovating, and daring practices that take into consideration the social, political, and ecological context of today’s society.

CRITERIAS:


• Traceability of the project will be required in the enclosure of our large or small gallery or of both.

• The project can adopt various forms and scales (event, festival, exhibition, meeting, conference, workshop, others unknown to this day).

• The temporality of said project can vary. It can be carried out over a more or less long form and unfold at different moments over the 2019-2020 cycle, depending on its nature.

• The project can be reactivated at various times of the year. However, for the cohesion with other centres in Méduse, l’Œil de Poisson will ask the artistic entity to take into consideration the collective opening dates of the coopérative Méduse, to make the most of the high points and maximize the project’s exposure. The calendar will be set up with the centre.

• A provisional budget will be required for the centre to evaluate its capacity to support the project. Following the selection, the centre will contact the project initiator to discuss feasibility and financing. The centre reserves the right to discuss the amounts allocated to optimize the repartition of financing linked to its programming.

Send your proposal with a resume
(In a ZIP file (max 10 mo) – avoid subfolders)
to the following address:
programmation@oeildepoisson.com
OBJECT: 2019-2020 Call for proposals

Note that printed proposals will not be accepted

Concerned about the fight against oppression, the jury will be especially attentive to submissions by and for various groups representative of the whole community.

PRODUCTION SPACES
WOOD SHOP, METAL SHOP,
FINISHING SHOP
The workshops are open to all short and long-term creation projects that require specialized tools for the fabrication of wooden or metal structures.

Possibility of a collaboration agreement to support an artist’s work. Possibility of receiving an artist-in-residence at all times upon presentation of an artist’s file.

Workshop residencies are offered to artists selected as part of the annual programming. Possibility of a residency, by selection, to support an artist’s practice or a specific project: submit project and visual support. Following acceptance of a residency project, it may be possible to use l’Œil de Poisson workshop facilities free of charge. Additional production studios within the Méduse complex may be rented, pending availability.

MEMBERS
Subscription member
Contributes to the development of the centre. He/she receives invitations and information about the centre and may vote at general meetings.
1 year: $20

Active member
Participates in the consolidation of the centre. He/she has access to all information involving the centre’s operation, including calls for proposals, projects, the documentation centre, and member support services (e.g., support for grant requests, etc.). Active members benefit from preferential user-fees and may vote at general meetings.
1 year: $20 (submit artist’s file for selection)

Producing member
Contributes to the development of the centre. He/she receives invitations and information about the centre and may vote at general meetings.
1 year: $60

STAFF

Office
Émilie Roi (director)
Magali Hébert-Huot (program coordinator)
Valérie Fiset (communications coordinator)

Workshops
Frederik Levesque (coordinator)
David Dallaire (technician – metal shop)
Marc-Olivier Grenier (technician – wood shop)