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Matière à Réflexion, a New Video Projection on the Façade of UQAM’S Président-Kennedy Pavillon, Marks the 100th Anniversary of Acfas

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 Président-Kennedy Pavillon. 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.

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Mars tire son chapeau à l’Arctique
Éloïse Brassard, UdeS - Université de Sherbrooke
Finaliste de l’édition 2022, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

Matière à réflexion presents visual representations resulting from a variety of scientific research initiatives, with each one being a gateway to a fascinating world of knowledge. Striking, intriguing, and 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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Cartographier les inondations
Clément Besnard
UQAR - Université du Québec à Rimouski
Finaliste de l’édition 2015, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

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Les origines célestes du grésil
Mathieu Lachapelle, UQAM
Finaliste de l’édition 2022, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

More proof 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.

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Lumière sur le relief terrestre
Guillaume Légaré-Couture,
INRS - Centre Eau Terre et Environnement
Finaliste de l’édition 2021, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

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Globule d'énergie
Denise Chabot
Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada
Finaliste de l’édition 2019, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

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Un éboueur qui roule sur l'or
Weimeng Ding et Ariel Wilson
Polytechnique Montréal
Finaliste de l’édition 2016, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

A collaboration that puts science in a new light

The Matière à réflexion video projection 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.

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S’assembler pour composer
Manel Ghribi
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Finaliste de l’édition 2018, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

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Pistil et étamine en toute intimité
Youssef Chebli
UdeM - Université de Montréal
Finaliste de l’édition 2015, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

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Soleil microbien
Léa Museau
Université de Sherbrooke
Finaliste de l’édition 2021, La preuve par l'image
Photo credit: Nathalie St-Pierre

About Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

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 meet 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.

About Acfas

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.

About the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles

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 City of Montreal.

About mirari

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


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