Marc Audette teaches digital and analogue photography in the Visual Arts Department of York’s Fine Arts Program, and a visual arts course in Glendon’s Multidisciplinary Studies Department. In addition, he has been the curator of the Glendon Gallery and president of its Programming Committee for the past four years.
Marc Audette is also a new media artist with an impressive list of individual and collective exhibitions in Toronto, Montréal, Hull and Banff, as well as in France. The great news is that Audette, along with Alexandre Castonguay, professor of New Media in the Visual Arts Department of the University of Ottawa, has just participated in DiVA, the first art fair in the United States dedicated exclusively to digital and video art. DiVA took place in Lower Manhattan from March 11th through March 13th. Serving as an international destination for collectors, art dealers, museums, curators, and artists, DiVA featured the diverse and innovative work of a number of new media artists exploring and pushing the digital boundaries.
Audette and Castonguay were presented at DiVA under the aegis of PFOAC (Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain), a commercial, contemporary art gallery situated in Montréal and committed to photo-based work, drawing, sculpture, installation art, and related works on paper by a diverse group of multidisciplinary artists. Audette’s participation in this prestigious art event is a clear recognition of his accomplishments and his stature in the world of new media art.
Left: l'Intuition d'Ovide 1, 1994, cibachrome
135 x 70 cm, by Marc Audette
On this occasion, Audette exhibited O/Water, 2005, a video projection and C-print of multiple dimensions. The artist stated: “Images, including digital images, are intimately connected to the main characteristics of human activity like religion, nationality, membership and art. However, language, like image, is not a neutral vehicle. Setting ideal standards for the digital image means setting the language to be used for defining concepts, ideas and realities. All of which can be presented on a monitor, print paper and photographic paper, or on canvas, since the last support can also be printed. It is this fine but unequivocal relationship between tools and ‘œuvre’ that animate this work.”
Audette has been interested in digital image creation since the mid-1980s. For the past several years, his projects have focussed on the so-called advancements touted by the arrival of successively new versions of the software used for manipulating digital images. “In a world where technological innovation is synonymous with corporate investment, I ask myself the following question: what are the criteria for appreciating the superiority of these technological advancements”, said Audette.
Marc Audette studied Fine Art at the University of Quebec in Hull and earned a Masters in Visual Arts from York University. In addition to his responsibilities at York and Glendon and his creative work, he has addressed a number of challenges since his move to Toronto. He is an active member of Laboratoire, a production space dedicated to research in the field of multimedia visual arts. Audette is also president and founding member of L’AGAVF – Groupe en Arts Visuels Francophone du Canada (Canada’s Francophone Group of the Visual Arts), an organization dedicated to creating artisitc events across the country, and lobbying on behalf of artists with public and private organizations in the visual arts. For the past two years, Audette has also been giving workshops on writing bursary and funding applications for Francophone artists in minority situations in Canada.
Article submitted by Glendon’s communications officer Marika Kemeny