25 years of SAT From immersion to metavers

The Center for Research, Creation and Promotion, Society for Technological Arts (SAT) celebrates its 25th anniversary by opening its doors to the public from May 31 to June 4. Jenny Thibault, SAT’s new director, told us about the evolution of this place of creativity and innovation.

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Montreal has been internationally recognized for its digital creativity for at least 20 years. Like the Moment Factory or the video game industry, the Society for the Arts and Technology contributes to a reality that is not just virtual.

SAT unveiled the Satellite Gallery this Tuesday, its immersive 3D social web environment, which shows that pouring into the Facebook metaverse is not alone. Its new director Jenny Thibault described SAT as a creative and collaborative space.

The word Society And the community aspect is very important to us. I want to make it a place where we gather skills and talents. The center has always been a breeding ground for talent. Everyone in the digital world has a story related to us. A

Photo by Martin Chamberland, Press

Aerial view of SAT

Since its inception in 1996, former director Monique Savoy has, among others, been a multi-disciplinary catalyst where the boundaries between art are being broken. Producers such as director Brigitte Puppert, circus performer Hallows Depokas, techno entrepreneur Sylvain Carle and musicians from Mistyur Valerie have worked there.

“We’ve created an important toolbox for artists, underlining Jenny Thibault. The key for the next few years is to hold on to what we do best in non-scattering, combined immersion and hybridization so that they move forward.”


But it is a challenge for any self-respecting organization to innovate without losing sight of its own nature.

“It’s something to claim, he admits, but we can rely on a team of researchers and developers at Metalab who feed our thinking. We need to see how we can work in partnership with it.” [jeunes pousses], Research centers and universities. A

The SAT has a unique advantage: 44,000 square feet of space, including one type of dome.

Some SAT projects

  • The panoscope, a kind of inverted dome or salad bowl, was made by Luke Korchen between 1998 and 2001.  This can be seen on the first floor of the SAT.

    Photo by Martin Chamberland, Press

    The panoscope, a kind of inverted dome or salad bowl, was made by Luke Korchen between 1998 and 2001. This can be seen on the first floor of the SAT.

  • SAT is a sound tuning project by Michael Setter, a researcher at Metalab

    Photo by Martin Chamberland, Press

    SAT is a sound tuning project by Michael Setter, a researcher at Metalab

  • The Verties project explores perspectives in the context of moving images.

    Photo by Martin Chamberland, Press

    Project Vertigo Explore perspectives in the context of a moving image.

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“We are not in a virtual reality with personal helmets, but in a collective and social immersion. Our strength is to bring the imaginary experience to life in groups. A

Jenny Thibault mentions that music, dance, and other theatrical activities can be developed there. SAT is also working on other immersive and interactive projects, thanks to its kitchen lab for bringing flavor activities to the dome.

The technology lab is also upgrading its premises and equipment with a $ 17.2 million investment from all levels of government. Jenny Thibault and her team are working on a strategic plan for the next 25 years.

“Funding always has to start again,” he explains. SAT is an NPO whose half of the budget comes from grants. Fortunately, Monique Savoy created a grant and sponsorship department before her departure. We can no longer live without these personal funds. A

Some activities this week

Virtual Gallery

The festival got off to a great start this Tuesday, May 31 at noon with the launch of the Satellite Virtual Gallery (SAT +1 | Satellite), followed by a conference at 4 p.m. From personal immersion to collective immersion. Simultaneous music and theater performances will be presented on the webcast on Sat and Satellite Metavers at 5 p.m. Finally, from 6pm: Exhibition of advanced technology by the Research and Development Center for 25 years. Free registration is required on the SAT website.

Tribute evening

Mary-Lewis Arsenalt will host a tribute evening on June 2, which will include testimonials, a screening of the video archive, a cocktail to the sound of DJ Mulligam’s mix and the opening of a video mapping mural, Permanent color. Also, three works created during a Creation Residency in the Satosphere are presented from 5:30 p.m.: Six thousand antennas Followed by Johnny Ranger and Manuel Chanter TIM Nicolas Noel Jodoin and Joël-Aime Beauchamp et al Liquid architecture Of Wiklow, Diagraf and Ewerx.

It’s time Teams

What would be a 25e Except for the birthday Teams Bad music? All SAT venues, including Terrace, Satosphere and SAT Space, will be used on June 3 and 4 for performances by musicians, DJs and VJs. On the first night, German musician and DJ Christian Loffler will be there, as will DJ Mouse, Cristobal Arbakina, Mighty Cat and Fick among others. For hungry dancers, SAT’s Kitchen Lab offers a barbecue inspired by the “farm-to-table” concept. Tickets are being sold on the SAT website.

Family included

Celebration of the 25the Anniversary is also aimed at families. On June 4, the campus SAT team led an electronic music, drawing and programming workshop for children and their parents. In the evening, the music was taken with British DJ Lee Burridge. Also in this five-day festival closing program: DJs Clickbait, Donotstealmyname, Gabriel Rei, Fred Everything and Poirier, in particular.

Exhibition Techno Worlds

Taking place on their respective sites, a tripartite exhibition by Goethe-Institut, PHI Center and Society for Technological Arts, Techno Worlds, Featuring the work of various international artists. Sart invites visitors to the basement to discover a series of installations, photos and videos of Kirsten Nikolai, Vinka Petersen, Daniel Piflum, Lisa Rovner, Sarah Seanfeld and Tobias Giloni, giving a further look at culture technology. Cheers.

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