What is the Foundation’s impact in Canada and elsewhere around the world?
Since its creation in 1997, the Foundation has had a strong impact in the areas of media arts and research. Its unique mandate and approach have allowed the Foundation to contribute to the development of numerous research projects throughout the world proposed by avant-garde artists and cultural organisations working in the field of emerging technology integration. In a number of countries, the Foundation’s contribution has been undeniable, notably in developing nations where public access to new technology is often limited. In addition to its work in developed countries, the Foundation has enabled cultural organisations in countries such as India, Peru and Senegal, as well as in a number of eastern European countries, to build new media infrastructures and research laboratories, which in turn allow them to take on a structuring role within their communities.
What forms do the Foundation’s contributions take?
The Foundation’s support varies with the areas and territories where it is involved. The nature of the Foundation’s contributions in emerging countries, where accessibility to new technology is limited, is different than how it chooses to intervene in industrialised countries, such as Canada, the United States or Europe, where artists potentially already benefit from existing structures as well as grants and awards in their respective domains.
Among other ways of contributing, the Foundation directly supports artists in research projects leading to the creation of a specific artwork and assists in the development of educational programs and the conservation of cultural media collections, particularly in developing countries that cannot rely on other financial resources for this type of conservation work.
How can one access the Foundation’s unique collections?
The Foundation’s Web site and media collections are integral components of its Centre for Research and Documentation (CR+D) and offer valuable references for research work on the interrelation of art, science and technology. The vast content of the Foundation’s collections is therefore accessible via its Web site (www.fondation-langlois.org
), which is used by researchers and members of the general public interested in the Foundation’s activities.
How are the main goals and interests of the Foundation established?
A summary of the Foundation’s main goals and interests can be found on its Web site, under “About the Daniel Langlois Foundation.”
Established by its founder when the Foundation was created, the main goals and objectives remain unchanged. However, in order to maximise the impact of its ongoing involvement, the Foundation regularly modifies and adjusts its methods of contribution through the years.
For example, during its first five years of existence, the Foundation accepted projects from all countries of the world in its Support for Organisations Program. In 2005, after a systematic re-evaluation of the program with the help of external experts, the Foundation opted to exclude all industrialised nations (except Canada) from this program. Through this change to its contributions, the Foundation sought to make its programs more available to organisations in specific regions of the world where access to new technologies in cultural domains was limited and where the positive impact of the Foundation’s support would be greater.
How does the Foundation select the projects it funds?
The Foundation has established an excellent reputation because of the rigorous method by which it selects projects that will benefit from its support. Generally, all projects are chosen by committees or a jury composed of key Foundation personnel and external experts.
How are the Foundation’s grants distributed throughout the world?
The Foundation’s activities and grants vary greatly, as illustrated by statistical data on the Foundation since its inception.
From 1997 to 2007, the Foundation analysed and evaluated 2,287 projects that conformed to its program parameters. After analysis and selection through the jury process, 157 of these projects were retained and received funding from the Foundation.
Although Canada and the province of Quebec have received the larger share of funds, a number of other regions and countries have also benefited from the Foundation’s support.
To date, the Foundation’s grants and support have been distributed as follows:
On a thematic level:
On a regional level: