LA STATION • EXPRESS CREATIVE SESSIONS | Société des arts technologiques


13 Jan au 13 Jun 2020
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A brand new pilot program launched by the SAT in its café, La Station is your digital arts meet-up to stimulate your curiosity and creativity, meet creatives from your community, and learn all kinds of new things in an unconventional way to develop your creative career. Think outside the box, experiment, share, discover and connect with activities customized for your busy life.

What is it?

Different formats of short and spontaneous sessions, in a warm atmosphere of sharing, to expand your projects, pique your curiosity, create new collaborations and facilitate the development of your career. All for free!

The creative community is extremely rich in Montreal, and what enriches La Station is you. Your creativity, curiosity, and talents are extremely fruitful and deserve a platform — a platform to share, exchange, and support one another as a community, to reach new heights. La Station is the are the journey and the destination.

What will you discover and create today?

La Station is supported by the City of Montreal, and will launch on October 15, 2019.

How to take part in meet-ups at La Station?

1 Sign up for the activity ahead of time...
1 ...or not! Activities can be followed spontaneously!
1 Arrive at Café SAT.
1 You will be welcomed by a group facilitator who will create a pleasant, inspiring and friendly atmosphere.
1 You will quickly get to know the other people in the group through an icebreaker at the beginning of the activity — future collaborations are ready to flourish!
1 Actively participate by working on a personal project or sharing your knowledge.


Studio Libre

Do you have a personal project or challenge that you want to dedicate yourself to? Do you want to meet other creators in your field or are you curious to receive feedback from your community throughout the creative process? Studio Libre is a free creative session that gives you the chance to meet people with common interests, in a friendly environment, while making progress on a personal project! It’s your weekly meet-up to create and exchange in a warm, open and inspiring atmosphere. A bit like a creative club in your medium, it’s the meeting point between your creative projects and your community.

Music and Sound Art

Tuesdays, March 24, April 7, April 21, May 5, May 19, and June 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Do you compose, remix, sample, and create sound experiences? If your thing is music, sound, audio production, podcasts, sound creation, or anything related to sound, the Music and Sound Art Studio Libre is for you.

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Digital Visuals

Tuesdays March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26, June 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Does image, still or moving, remixed or captured, fascinate you? Do you like to distort visuals, program them, animate them, illustrate them, manipulate them to experiment with the limits of the frame and go beyond them? Creators of generative visuals, mapping, VJing, animation, 3D, illustration, and other digital visual arts come together to create at the Digital Visuals Studio Libre.

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Design Universe

Saturdays, April 18 and May 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Ratios, grids, illustration, user experience... when you create, it is first and foremost from a design perspective? Come meet other lovers of graphic and interactive design, illustration, animation, user experience and design thinking in all its forms, at the Design Universe Studio Libre.

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Every 2nd Saturday of the month, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

You never stop having ideas and imagining new avenues. Come and whet your curiosity, stimulate your creativity and inspire yourself with these exciting sessions for sharing knowledge and ideas! The concept: prepare 3 to 5 minutes of a nugget of information you want to share, and then split into pairs to share in a rapid format. In the end, we leave with lots of new ideas to look into! It's like speed dating, but for stimulating creativity and intellect!

How AI technology changes the artist’s role?

March 14, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Artificial intelligence is on everyone's lips and is beginning to appear in artistic works. New research-creation residencies are appearing, and one wonders about the place of art in AI, and vice versa. Can the intelligence of a computer have enough capacity to deviate from its rules to really invent? What role can AI (even) play as a creative tool, plain and simple? Come share your thoughts and discuss the link between art and AI!

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Environmental Issues: What Space Should We Make for Them in the Creative Process?

Saturday April 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.

A little over a week away from Earth Day, we ask ourselves: why and how can we integrate environmental issues into our artistic approach? Do artists have the same responsibility as other entrepreneurs towards the environmental footprint of their projects? Come share your thoughts, questions, tips and best practices.

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2020: Innovative Techniques and Tools in Digital Arts

Saturday May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Have you discovered software that completely changes the way you approach your practice? Seen a creative project that seems like it’s out of the future? In the midst of Montreal Digital Spring, we’re taking the opportunity to brainstorm and paint a collective portrait of different emerging innovations that could influence digital arts in 2020.

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The Keys to a Good Interdisciplinary Artistic Collaboration

Saturday June 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The process of individual creation has its challenges. What happens when two or more artists collaborate? How do we exchange and develop a project with creators in different mediums? Come and share your collaborative techniques, thoughts, challenges, good practices, or the outcome of your past collaborations.

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Le Dépanneur

Last Saturdays of the month, 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Do you have a digital arts project or learning challenge that you would like to solve, either from a technical or artistic point of view? Every last Saturday of the month, come ask an expert your questions and chat with other creators using the same techniques to share your knowledge and find solutions.


Digital Technology in Performing Arts

March 28, 2020, 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Are you an artist in performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, performance, etc…) who wishes to integrate digital art in your projects, but doesn’t know where to start to create all that you imagine? Join this troubleshooting session that will help you take your first steps and discover the techniques and tools you need! Thomas Payette will be available to answer your questions - he's an expert in performing arts video design, video integration, creative direction, art direction, performer interactivity, and much more.

About the expert: Thomas Payette

Thomas Payette is a graduate from the National Theatre School of Canada's production program. After working around the world in the performing arts with companies like Ex Machina, Dragone and VYV, he co-founded HUB Studio in 2015, a creation studio that creates, stages and produces multimedia experiences. Through the use of creative technology, HUB's multidisciplinary team seeks to engage audiences in innovative artistic experiences that carry meaning, beauty and emotion. Thomas works there as a designer, creative director and director of development.

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Visual Immersion for 360° 3D & generated fulldome visuals

Saturday April 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Come and solve your challenges related to 3D and generated visual immersion for domes or other fulldome formats. Sean Caruso will answer your questions: video project manager for immersive residencies at the SAT, artist and teacher, he is an expert in developing workflow and techniques for fulldome immersive content creation.

About the expert: Sean Caruso

Sean Caruso is a multidisciplinary digital artist based in Montreal. In 2013, he was trained in immersion at the SAT and became the resident VJ in the Satosphère. Since then, he founded NEST Immersion, has toured across Canada with his 13M mobile geodesic dome, and has also directed five short films formatted for fulldome, which have won awards at festivals abroad. He joined the SAT's immersion department in 2016 as a video project manager and teacher in the creation of immersive visuals and their related systems.

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Cartes blanches

First Saturdays of the month, at 2 p.m.

During Cartes Blanches, a guest organization or collective offers a theme on one of La Station’s activities. Want to collaborate? Apply here (form in French)!



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La Station is supported by the City of Montréal