Congratulations to Luc Courchesne - recipient of the 2021 Governor General Award for the media arts! PFOAC is proud to have presented his work since 2003!
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Luc Courchesne's panoscopic diary was born from the project of learning to look at the world with this anamorphic optic that embraces it in its totality and plunges into it at will.
"While looking for a way to simplify the capture and projection of a panorama, I had the idea at the end of the last century of an optic that would allow a single camera to record the whole of what is seen around an observer: a catadioptric mirror would create a disc-shaped image of the entire horizon which, once projected into a hemisphere, would restore the original landscape. It is the genesis of the Panoscope, the immersive projection device that allowed me to embrace the great artistic tradition of landscape. Begun during a creative residency in Japan in 2000, this exploratory research continues to this day.
PFOAC presents here unpublished works from the panoscopic journal accompanied by objects and photographs that illustrate the genesis of this practice and its applications in the whole of my work". - LC
Luc Courchesne is a pioneer in the digital arts. From interactive portraits to immersive apparatuses, he has created innovative and engaging works that have earned him prestigious awards such as the Grand Prix of the ICC Biennale in Tokyo in 1997, several Honorary Mentions and an Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica in Linz in 1999 and the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas in 2019. His works are part of major collections including those of the ZKM | Karlsruhe, the NTT InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montreal, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. They have been presented in more than 150 exhibitions around the world, notably at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1974, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984, he was a student of Anthony Mann, Michael Snow, and Otto Piene. Artist, designer, and professor at the Université de Montréal, he is a founding member of the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Courchesne is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain (PFOAC) in Montreal.