“Orée des bois” a temporary outdoor installation combining art and forest science presented at UQAM


June 6th, 2022 — How do trees of the Boreal Forest live seasonal cycles in the context of climate change? Visitors are invited to experience this phenomenon as an artwork, through the ongoing collaboration between the Canada Research Chair MÉDIANE of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the scientific group SmartForests. A media installation, a series of special activities and a mobile climate station will be presented in a site dedicated to the arts, sciences and communities.
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Outdoor media installation

The audiovisual artwork Orée des bois, produced by Ælab, is concerned with tree phenology, the study of seasonal variations in relation to climate. It focuses mainly on the cycle of a golden birch tree from May to November 2021. A set of visualizations about the internal processes of this emblematic Quebec species is combined with time-lapse imagery photographed at Sainte-Émélie-de-l’Énergie in Lanaudière.
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Dates: Saturday, June 18 to Sunday, July 3, 2022
Hours: noon to 6 pm, depending on weather conditions
Admission is free
Location: Outdoors in front of Agora du Cœur des sciences de l’UQAM, located in the inner courtyard behind the Pavilion Président-Kennedy (PK)
175, President-Kennedy Avenue
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Universal access to the outdoor site
Place-des-arts metro
Bus 80, 480, 15, 55
Nearby bike stations
Access to parking meters

Special activities

With Orée des bois, MÉDIANE offers a relational zone for reflections, experimentations and interactions. Participants can take part in artistic, philosophical and ecological activities about medicinal plants, sensory ethnography, actions about trees, labor and forced displacement, the online circulation of images of artworks and transversality, including workshops about collective mapping and phenological speculative drawing.

All activities are free. They will be held near the main installation in front of the Agora of the Cœur des sciences (‘UQAM). Some are weather dependent and have limited registration.

All details are available in the calendar of the MÉDIANE website.

Inauguration of the Mobile Climate Station

This summer, MÉDIANE is launching a micro-installation that will circulate with a team on bicycles in the surrounding neighborhood of UQAM’s Coeur des sciences. This is a nomadic version of the Orée des bois installation, sensing local weather and interacting with publics.

Variable schedule, see online calendar.

About MÉDIANE, Ælab and SmartForests

MÉDIANE, the Canada Research Chair in Arts, Ecotechnologies of Practice and Climate Change is led by Gisèle Trudel of UQAM’s École des arts visuels et médiatiques who is also a research member of Hexagram. Trudel and teams of students and professionals are actively working to create a dialogue between scientific data collection on forest dynamics, technological arts and encounters with the publics, to foster the circulation of ideas and creative actions in changing climates.

Gisèle Trudel and Stéphane Claude founded the Ælab artist research unit in 1996. Stéphane Claude is a composer, sound engineer, independent audio consultant and Head of audio research at the artist-run center OBORO. Their protean practice manifests as experimental documentary, bridging analog and digital media with collective engagement. Lectures, performances and exhibitions are presented regularly in Montreal and abroad. (aelab.com)

Led at UQAM by forest ecologist Daniel Kneeshaw, the SmartForests pan-Canadian scientific network documents the climatic variations of water, soils and forests in Canada.

Financial support
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), Hexagram-UQAM, SmartForests Canada and UQAM.

Caroline Pierret | Communications Manager | MÉDIANE
Master’s student, École des arts visuels et médiatiques (UQAM) 
Cell. : 514 730-1033


Julie Meunier
Communications Officer
Press Relations and Special Events Division, UQAM
Cell. : 514 895-0134