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Société des arts technologiques (SAT)

Satellite n° 1

(Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Led by its executive director Monique Savoie, the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) is a centre for multidisciplinary research and production dedicated to digital culture. SAT was founded in 1996 by the organizers of the International Symposium for Electronic Art (ISEA), which was held in Montreal, Canada, in 1995. A veritable meeting place for artists working with new technologies, the centre hopes to stimulate exchange, encourage collaborations between different artistic and scientific disciplines, and question contemporary social issues through technological media. Thanks to its numerous activities, SAT ensures national and international exposure for local artists whose research links art and science through technology.

Among its many programs, SAT has set up a digital laboratory where it encourages the emergence of new types of works integrating information technologies. Located in the heart of Montreal, close to both industrial and academic centres, the SAT laboratory offers researchers a new environment for experimentation. In addition, SAT provides residencies for artists working with new media and has launched a Web server (WEBER) that hosts artist Web sites and Internet art projects.

With the financial support of the Daniel Langlois Foundation, SAT co-ordinated a series of international residencies that served to bring artists and representatives from renowned media arts organizations to Montreal. Satellite n° 1 allowed local artists and curators the chance to investigate opportunities for productions or co-productions with these individuals and to introduce a broader context for media art creation to the local art community.

Angela Plohman © 2000 FDL