Montreal, October 11, 2011 – The Cinémathèque québécoise and the Daniel Langlois Foundation are pleased to announce a historic collaboration whereby the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology is donating its collection to the Cinémathèque, which will conserve it and make it accessible to the public. The database of the collection, henceforth to be known as the Daniel Langlois Foundation Collection of the Cinémathèque québécoise, will now be available online on the Cinémathèque’s website so as to be readily accessible to students, researchers and the general public, at the following address:
The Daniel Langlois Foundation’s impressive collection accessioned by the Cinémathèque québécoise comprises thousands of audiovisual documents, books, monographs, catalogues, equipment and devices, software, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs and artefacts. Primarily documentary in nature, the collection is internationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive in its field. “This is undoubtedly the year’s most significant acquisition since it’s a very concrete way for us to express our interest in the many new types of moving images and to reflect the importance of new media in our collections. We thank Daniel Langlois for his generosity and trust,” said Yolande Racine, Executive Director of the Cinémathèque. “I’m very enthusiastic about donating this much-cherished collection containing a multitude of documents of considerable artistic and historical importance. The Cinémathèque is the ideal place for conserving all the elements of the collection and making them accessible in perpetuity,” added Daniel Langlois, founder of Softimage and Ex-Centris and a noted patron of the arts. In addition to the collection, the Foundation is also donating $75,000 over the next three years.
An internationally recognized collection
The Daniel Langlois Foundation Collection of the Cinémathèque québécoise documents the meeting of arts and technology during the period from 1960 to 2010 and the many different art forms resulting from this intersection. Also included in the Foundation’s donation is the database cataloguing the collection, along with its digital archives and websites associated with the technological arts from this period. All told, the collection includes:
2,691 audiovisual elements, master tapes and video copies in a variety of formats
764 audio documents
A library consisting of 6,834 books, monographs, conference proceedings, essays, specialized periodicals and catalogues
2,084 files on artists, organizations and international events (festivals, biennials, etc.)
Equipment and devices, computers, historic software and artefacts
Interactive CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs and narrative and non-fiction works by international artists.
Some of the collection’s key archival holdings are:
The Vasulka Archive, created by Steina and Woody Vasulka, pioneers of video art and of the analog and digital processing of video images, who co-founded the Kitchen (New York, 1971)
The 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering
audiovisual collection (New York, 1966), documenting works by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage and Lucinda Childs, donated by Billy Klüver
The collection of Quebec video art pioneer Jean-Pierre Boyer
The Images du futur collection, donated by Hervé Fischer, co-founder of this annual multimedia event (Montreal);
The archives of the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) held in Montreal in 1995;
Colour photographs of drawings and of one of the sketchbooks of the famous Soviet filmmaker Sergei M. Eisenstein
Films on kinetic artist and scientist Frank J. Malina, founder of the journal Leonardo
Archival holdings on the art and work of Sonia Landy Sheridan, creator of one of the first educational programs in the United States dedicated to exploring technological systems.
The Cinémathèque québécoise is Montreal's museum of moving images. Its mission is to preserve and promote the world's audiovisual heritage, with an emphasis on Quebec and Canadian works and international animation, and to make it available for educational and cultural purposes.
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