The SAT is reinventing itself: new spaces, new vision

The SAT is reinventing itself: new spaces, new vision
The SAT is reinventing itself: new spaces, new vision

The Society for Technological Arts (SAT) welcomed media and partners to celebrate the official inauguration of its new spaces, marking the end of major transformations that spanned more than 14 months. This work aimed to modernize infrastructure and renew the fleet of technological equipment. Now completed, this project allows the SAT to fully resume its activities, offering enhanced programming in its two performance halls, its training center, its research and development laboratory, its new ephemeral exhibition gallery, as well as its restaurant and his coffee.

The new state-of-the-art equipment will increase the innovation potential of the artists in residence, enrich the immersive and interactive experiences presented, and generally increase the level of artistic excellence of the proposed projects. The renovated spaces enhance experimentation capabilities for artists and the visitor experience, are universally accessible and will allow the 125,000 annual visitors to discover even more works and enjoy the best of digital arts and music. This investment also strengthens the mission of the SAT, a pioneering place in Quebec which has fostered numerous international artistic collaborations and inspired several other dissemination spaces, in addition to reaffirming the importance of its role in the sector.

At the dawn of its thirty years, the SAT intends to reaffirm its leadership and propel a new vision: amplifying human connections through the creative exploration of technologies and interdisciplinarity. To do this, it focuses on immersion and collective interactivity, thus distinguishing itself from technologies that offer more individual experiences. The new management also wants to make it a collaborative place that facilitates access to technologies and shares the knowledge of tomorrow. It positions itself in line with stakeholders in the Montreal and Quebec communities, and develops strategic collaborations with numerous partners such as the main Montreal universities (UQAM, NAD, Concordia, ÉTS, UdeM, McGill) and researchers from the Hexagram research networks. and CIRMITT. Other collaborations include artist centers like Sporobole, Agence Topo, Eastern Bloc, studios like LAB7, Moment Factory, the NFB, Normal Studio, the PHI Center, Fig55, Hubblo, as well as key companies such as Solotech , Zù, Multicolore and Urbania. A strategic alliance with the MUTEK festival was recently announced, including a pooling of internal resources, increased international reach, cross-artistic programming, and much more.

“In all creative cities, there must be a diversity of places for creation and dissemination. With these new investments, the SAT reinforces its intention to act as a place of intermediation, a place where we experiment and connect the public and artists with new trends and emerging technologies, right in the heart of of the Quartier des spectacles in Montreal,” declared Jenny Thibaultgeneral director of the SAT.

Credit: Sébastien Roy

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