The exhibition Sensory Stories comes to life with this panel of Quebec talents whose work is featured in this interactive exhibition at the Phi Centre. Moderated by SODEC President and Chief Executive Officer Monique Simard, this dynamic evening will unite in conversation Elias Zananiri, from the digital creative studio Dpt.; co-founder and producer Stéphane Rituit (from Félix & Paul Studios); web-friendly director Vincent Morisset and NFB executive producer Hugues Sweeney. Join us as these visionaries share their new narrative experiences, ranging from inspiration to process and exporting Quebec stories internationally.
Please note that the panel will be held in French.
Appointed by the Conseil des ministres, Ms. Monique Simard is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and sits on its Board of Directors. She is also member of the Board of Directors of the Fonds capital culture Québec (FCCQ) and of the Fonds d’investissement de la culture et des communications (FICC) of which the SODEC is a shareholder. Monique Simard took office on January 6, 2014.
After several years of twisting letters as well as ideas by studying philosophy, literature and death metal, Hugues Sweeney became interested in stories as much as the opportunities that technology offers to tell them. First in new media at Radio-Canada, then head of Bande à part and Espace musique, he joined the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in 2009 as executive producer dedicated to interactive works. Continuing experimentation both in the grammar of interaction, in sound creation or in generative art, projects from the interactive studio of the NFB has received more than 80 awards and honors all around the globe.
Elias Zananiri is a creative developer specialized in dynamic and reactive programming. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Minor in Mathematics from Concordia University, as well as a Master in Interaction Design from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). Elie has exhibited work and given workshops internationally, notably at the Sundance Film Festival (USA), Tribeca Film Festival (USA), Venice Biennale (Italy), Medialab-Prado (Spain), Typ09 (Mexico), and FILE (Brazil). He is a regular contributor to the Processing and openFrameworks creative coding toolkits. Elias is the director of technology at Dpt., where he specializes in largescale Interactive experiences and mobile applications.
Director, producer, inventor, Vincent Morisset is a pioneer in interactive films. Vincent has been collaborating artistically with Arcade Fire for the past decade. The video Neon Bible is considered as the first interactive music video. He also created motion controlled short films for the songs Reflektor and Sprawl II. Vincent directed two feature documentaries, Miroir noir and INNI. With the support of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB,) he created BLA BLA and Way to Go. Vincent is the founder of the studio AATOAA. He is also the instigator of the Digital Storytelling Manifesto.
Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël are two Montreal-based filmmakers and visual artists who joined forces in 2006. The two directors developed proprietary 3D stereoscopic 360° recording technology and software for virtual reality. With a team of key collaborators, including Stéphane Rituit (co-founder and producer), Félix & Paul Studios was founded in 2013–a complete creative, production and technology studio dedicated to the exploration of the storytelling and experiential possibilities of the medium of live-action virtual reality. More recent works include Inside the Box of Kurios, a co-production with Cirque du Soleil Média and Jurassic World: Apatosaurus created in collaboration with Universal Studios and Industrial Light & Magic.
About Sensory Stories
Sensory Stories invites visitors to discover immersive experiences and new technologies that engage our senses of sight, sound, touch and smell.
Entertaining and playful, the exhibition features 16 works by artists from all over the world who are redefining the way we experience narrative. Five of these were created by Canadians, including three works by Quebecers and three produced with the collaboration of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).
After being the main partner of the exhibition Sensory Stories, presented by Future of StoryTelling (FoST) at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Phi Centre is proud to host the exhibition on its home turf.