Mériol Lehmann’s piece 308 lots, is a collection of photographic, video and sound works based on data and image collections from dairy farms of the Compton region. This observation process, which is borderline to surveillance, paints a portrait of a community and territory in transformation, affected by the change in agricultural practices in rural areas. Used to an idealized image of the countryside, we are generally the consenting consumers of rustic propaganda that is on the periphery of reality. There is also a perception that digital technology is non-existent in rural areas. This misconception is hidden behind our lack of knowledge of agri-food technologies that produce a colossal amount of data. As part of a fundamental movement associated with the automation and industrialization of agriculture, these technologies also have a real impact on rural heritage. 308 lots explores a whole section of Quebec’s rural reality that is thus monitored and put into perspective. With the digital age comes the infiltration of new values that are unknowingly transforming the course and heart of things.
Satellite projects – creative residencies and works on the outskirts of the city
For the first time since EIM’s creation, Sporobole is forging links with three Eastern Townships regions on the outskirts of Sherbrooke: Saint-Camille, Compton, Valcourt and Mont-Mégantic. These partnerships took the form of in-situ creative residencies where artists are invited, in May, June and July, to design a creative project rooted in the community. With the occasional contribution of citizens in diverse ways and in connection with the projects, artists create pieces that put into perspective certain distinctive values that help to define these regions. Whether it is a question of mobility, precision agriculture, robotization of agri-food processes, landscape transformation or connected territories, the lines of thought that have given shape to the projects are the main threads that link artistic creation and the specificity of contexts together.
Each in its own way, these projects also bring together the concepts of connection, transmission, surveillance, capture, observation, infiltration and invasion, which are the reflexive cornerstones of this 5th edition of EIM.
Saint-Camille :: Isabelle Gagné (QC-CA) – Hektor (2019)
Compton :: Mériol Lehmann (QC-CA) – 308 lots (2019)
Valcourt :: Alexandre Castonguay (QC-CA) et Mariangela Aponte Núñez (CO) – Agit P.O.V. (2012-)
ASTROlab du Mont-Mégantic :: Jean-Pierre Aubé (QC-CA) – Du Mont-Mégantic aux exoplanètes (2019)