Thought-provoking science: Matière à Réflexion, a new video projection on the façade of UQAM’S pavillon Président-Kennedy marks the 100th anniversary of Acfas


Montreal, April 27, 2023 – The Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Acfas and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership are pleased to present a new video projection, Matière à réflexion, from May 2 to June 8, 2023, on the expansive façade of UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy. Marking the 100th anniversary of Acfas, the work is based on 13 award-winning images from the association’s high-profile La preuve par l’image competition.

Image : Mars tips its cap to the Arctic, Éloïse Brassard
Photo : Nathalie St-Pierre

Matière à réflexion presents visual representations resulting from a variety of scientific research initiatives; each one is a gateway to a fascinating world of knowledge. Striking, intriguing, poetic: the images capture complex realities and invite viewers to discover the world around us, from the infinitesimally small to the unfathomable vastness of the universe. The beauty of the images is at once a tribute to science and curiosity, and a call to learn more about the reality behind the images.

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An exhibition for discovering the images up close

Throughout the month of May, anyone with a keen interest or a simple curiosity for science will find the 13 images in the projection, complete with descriptive captions, in an exhibition in the foyer of Pavillon Président-Kennedy.

More proofs in images

Focusing on images produced in the course of scientific research in every discipline, La preuve par l’image is a competition that Acfas has organized since 2010; the initiative expanded to become Canada-wide in 2016 thanks to the support of the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Learn more.

A collaboration that puts science in a new light

The video projection Matière à réflexion is the result of an unprecedented collaboration between UQAM, whose communications department handled artistic direction; Acfas, which provided the images with the consent of the researchers; and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, which served as producer. Mirari, a studio known for its creativity and expertise in scenography and architectural projections, was engaged to design and produce the animation.

Practical information

Matière à réflexion
May 2 to June 8, 2023
Daily from sunset to 11 p.m.
Façade of Pavillon Président-Kennedy at UQAM
201 Président-Kennedy Ave., Montreal


Artistic direction and project management: UQAM communications department in collaboration with Acfas
Co-production: University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Production and animation: mirari


he Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) is a French-language public university with an international reach. Located in the heart of the city, it is a key player in Montreal and the province of Quebec, contributing its expertise to meeting the challenges facing our planet. The originality and specific features of its more than 300 academic programs, its research activities grounded in social issues, and its creative innovations have all contributed to its stellar reputation. In 2023, the university will have more than 300,000 graduates working in every area of activity.

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Acfas, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary until June 2023, promotes knowledge as the driver of our society’s progress by bringing together researchers from throughout the French-speaking world. Firmly focused on the future, it is a powerful force for scientific democratization and communication. It highlights the work of researchers in every discipline and celebrates excellence in research.

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The Quartier des Spectacles is 20 years old! The Quartier des Spectacles is Montréal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 85 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal. 

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Founded in 2015 in Montreal, mirari creates spaces, installations and works that transform the way people see the world. Our team of creatives get their know-how from their long-standing experience in the performing arts.

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Header image credits

Mars tips its cap to the Arctic, Éloïse Brassard, UdeS, 2022 finalist, Jury Prize, People’s Choice Award

Description: Shown here are glaciers surrounded by false-color rock formations on Axel Heiberg Island in Nunavut. Note the yellow-orange areas, which are gossans. These surface deposits, rich in oxidized iron, indicate an acidic environment conducive to the appearance of certain lifeforms. You can also see a mineral whose crystalline structure can preserve traces of life: jarosite, a biomarker found on Mars! The researcher uses ground-based analyses to explore a method of identifying these caps on satellite images of the Canadian Arctic, knowledge that will be applied to satellite images of the Red Planet.

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Frédérique Tremblay-Ouellet
Communications advisor
Media relations and special events
Communications department


Marie-Josée Gauvin
Media relations

Quartier des Spectacles Partnership

Mélanie Mingotaud
Communications Mingotwo