The 34th Symposium on Mobility


During the summer of 2016, the artists at the 34th Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul will explore phenomena concerned with mobility, its societal consequences and the imagination that motivates it.

Whether one moves oneself or not, mobility occupies a significant place in our everyday life. Throughout the 20th century, our societies have been marked by the evolution of transport and communication systems, as well as by the development of infrastructures and networks that have made these changes possible. The advent of new technologies, the evermore-rapid circulation of information and communication networking, today contributes to a feeling of widespread mobility.

Here it will be a matter of examining the movements of people, objects and information, the infrastructures and networks that assure its fluidity and the imagination motivating this effervescence. As well, resistance to this mobility is an opposing view that could be explored. At the dawn of modernity, speed and movement fascinated the Italian Futurists; now, with the beginning of the third industrial revolution based on fluidity, how do today’s artists view this phenomenon, its motivations and its consequences.

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Marie Perrault, Artistic Director of the 34th Symposium. Photo : Sasha Brunelle.


This edition of the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul is part of a series dealing with the changes linked to the development of technology that began in 2015 with Whispers of Everyday Life.

The Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul (MACBSP) is the organization appointed to manage the event called Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul.

Here are some examples of areas to explore concerning the matter of mobility:

  1. Objects in movement and the cinematic
  2. Figures of the wanderer, the tourist or the immigrant
  3. The journey, the adventure, the route
  4. Vehicles and infrastructure or transportation systems
  5. The economy, commercial exchange and the movement of merchandise
  6. Communication, the circulation of images or information and networks
  7. Borders, boundaries and obstacles
  8. Shelter, haven and home base
  9. Any other concern linked to matters of mobility





The full program of the 33rd International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul was made public on April 30th at Hôtel La Ferme of Baie-Saint-Paul. Marie Perrault, the Symposium’s new artistic director, presented the twelve guest artists who, from July 31 to August 30, 2015, will conceive works inspired by the theme Murmures du quotidien / Whispers of everyday life. The guest artists are: Christopher BoyneMathieu CardinAnnie DescôteauxAnna HawkinsSuzanne JoosDavid Martineau LachanceMireille PerronJohn PlayerBernard PourrièreKaren Elaine SpencerMarie-France Tremblay and Mirimari Väyrynen.

Central to the mission of the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul is the importance of fostering exchanges among the artists who create contemporary art, while providing an exceptional opportunity for interaction between the public and the artists. Over the four weeks of the event, as it pays tribute to the new trends in contemporary art, the 33rd edition of the Symposium invites the artists to create live an original work of art inspired by a theme that evokes day-to-day realities.

A partnership has been established between the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul — the organiser of the Symposium — and La Fabrique culturelle, Télé-Québec’s digital broadcast platform. The Musée and La Fabrique culturelle are both promoters of the cultural creativity of the Charlevoix region. They will join their efforts to offer the visitors a series of original video clips about the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie-Saint-Paul which was founded in 1982.

During the summer months, an important contest promoted by La Fabrique culturelle and Télé-Québec will invite the public to visit the work areas of the twelve guest artists of the Symposium. Thanks to the generous cooperation of Hôtel La Ferme of Le Massif de Charlevoix, participants in the contest entitled Baie-Saint-Paul : Une visite sympose! will have a chance to win a two-night stay for two guests at Hôtel La Ferme during the Symposium. The prize will include breakfasts and a dinner at the hotel’s Les Labours restaurant, as well as complimentary tickets for the Musée d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul. Full information about the contest will be available on the Facebook page of La Fabrique culturelle.

La rencontre : Au cœur du Symposium de Baie-Saint-Paul
La rencontre : Au cœur du Symposium de Baie-Saint-Paul