Special Events


Monday August 22nd

- 9h00 : Opening of the conference : Bertrand Gervais, Dominic Hardy,

- Opening Talk by Laurier Lacroix (CRILCQ, Département d’histoire de l’art, Université du Québec à Montréal)
« Le Refus imaginaire »

Location : Room DS-R510, 320, rue Ste. Catherine, corner of Sanguinet



- 19h00 : Opening Reception
Location : Centre de design de l’UQAM, Pavillon de design, Room DE-R200, 1440, rue Sanguinet, corner Ste. Catherine.
• Launch of the publication of the 2008 IAWIS Conference Proceedings and Award ceremony for the Max Nänny Prize for the Best Article in Word & Image Studies.
Sneak Preview of Expo Lino (Curator : Marc H. Choko, École de design de l’UQAM) Learn more at : http://www.centrededesign.com/2011-2012/expo-lino.html


Tuesday August 23rd


- 18h00 : Cocktail & sneak peak
Cocktail and sneak preview of the new Canadian art Pavilion of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) (complete renewal of the permanent collection installations, renovations of the Erskine and American
Church and its Tiffany stained glass windows)
Presentation talk by Nathalie Bondil, Director of the MMFA.

Location : Claire and Marc Bourgie Pavilion, 1339, Sherbrooke St. Ouest
How to get there : Bus 24, Metro Guy-Concordia or Peel

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - A Reinvented Museum for 2011
An art historian by training, Nathalie Bondil, a dual citizen of France and Canada, was appointed Director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in January 2007.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which has been at the heart of the city’s cultural life for 150 years, continues to expand and grow. By choosing to convert the neighbouring Erskine and American Church into a Pavilion of Quebec and Canadian Art and a concert hall, the Museum has helped preserve an important element in our city’s architectural heritage. The magnificent Tiffany windows in the new concert hall illustrate the connection between the visual arts and music that lies at the very heart of the Museum’s programming. The opening of the new pavilion devoted to the art of Quebec and Canada has enabled the Museum to reinstall its other collections – ancient cultures, decorative arts and design, and the fine arts from the Old Masters to contemporary art – in its three other pavilions. Nathalie Bondil, Director and Chief Curator, will discuss the innovative strategies used to support this new multidisciplinary vision, from the blueprints to the extensive publishing and educational programmes.


Wednesday August 24th


- Visit to the Conservation centre of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (visit in French)
Between the legible and the visible: guided tour of a selection of works drawn from the collection of artists’ books and bibliophile books at BAnQ
The special collections division of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) comprises some 3000 artists’ books, object-books, artists’ editions, print albums and bibliophile works. Artists' books are works of art and represent one of the many forms of expression used by artists.) Artists' books remain connected to books through their form, content or function, and through the occasional collaboration between artists and writers or book craftspeople—typesetters, printers or bookbinders. Artists’ books use a wide variety of production techniques.  The growing multidisciplinarity of artists over the last three decades has led to the development of new approaches. As for bibliophile books, these are conserved because of the quality of their design and manufacture: use of handmade paper, remarkable illustrations, elaborate bindings, and so forth.


Meeting point : UQAM, Room R-R120 at 9:00 AM

Conservation centre:
Address : 2275, rue Holt, Montréal (Québec) H2G 3H1
Wednesday 24 August, 10:30 am
Length of the visit : between 60 and 90 minutes
Cost : 25$ per person
Maximum number of participants : 30



- The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is happy to join UQAM and the IAWIS /AIERTI Conference to present the Keynote conference by John O’Brian:

19h00 : Keynote Conference

Special Guest : John O’Brian, University of British Columbia

“Representing the Nuclear Imaginary”

This address investigates points of intersection between nuclear events, the imaginary, and photography since 1945. “The possibility of doomsday,” Hannah Arendt observed in her book On Violence, was the sixties generation “first decisive experience in the world.” Those born during the Second World War, those who were alive during the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, are psychologically disposed to return to the site of that catastrophe. My own return has occurred primarily through texts and photographs. Although nuclear scientists have been generally unwilling to acknowledge it, texts and photographs have also played a role in shaping their imaginary. Beginning with the Manhattan Project, the threats associated with atomic weapons and nuclear energy have been consistently minimized by “techno-scientifico-militaro-diplomatic” authorities, as Jacques Derrida famously called them, and hidden from public scrutiny. The nuclear narratives that photographs have helped to produce are rarely straightforward. Images of the sibling atomic bombs “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” still circulate darkly in our minds, just as the radioactive fallout generated by Hiroshima, Nagasaki and subsequent nuclear tests circulates in our bodies. A Canadian mine at Port Radium, on Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, supplied the uranium ore used in the bombs dropped on Japan. Another Canadian atomic project, the CANDU heavy water reactor, which was developed at Chalk River, Ontario, to generate nuclear energy for non-military purposes, served as a source of plutonium for the nuclear weapons program of India. The mushroom cloud, meta-symbol of nuclear spectacle, is laced with Canadian content. But how does it figure in the Canadian imaginary? Is the maple leaf, to mix my metaphors, stamped all over the mushroom cloud or just on a part of it?

While finishing his Ph.D. at Harvard, John O’Brian joined the University of British Columbia in 1987. At UBC he is Professor of Art History and Faculty Associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. He has published extensively on modern art history, theory and criticism, particularly on the institutionalization of modernism in North America, producing more than a dozen books and sixty articles. In 2008, he became the Brenda & David McLean Chair in Canadian Studies for a three-year period. During his tenure, he has been exploring the engagement of photography with the atomic era in Canada. The research forms part of a larger project on nuclear photography in North America and Japan, called “Camera Atomica,” which is being supported by a research grant from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. “Camera Atomica” is also the name of an exhibition he is preparing for the Art Gallery of Ontario. A related book, Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War (Intellect Books), co-authored with Jeremy Borsos, was published in 2011.

O’Brian has lectured widely across North America as well as in Europe, Israel, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, India, China and Japan. He was the Shastri Visiting Professor in India in 1997 and Visiting Research Professor at Ritsumeikan University in Japan in 2007. Since arriving at UBC, he has supervised more than 80 M.A. and Ph.D. theses. He currently serves on the editorial advisory boards of BC Studies; Emily Carr University Press; The Journal of Canadian Art History; and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies.

John O’Brian, University of British Columbia
Website : www.ahva.ubc.ca

Location : Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts, entrance through the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal : 185, Ste. Catherine Ouest



Thursday August 25th


- 12h00 : IAWIS / AIERTI General Assembly
Location : UQAM, Room DS-R510


- 19h30 : bleuOrange Event (http://revuebleuorange.org)

Location : Galerie de l’UQAM, 1400, rue Berri (corner Ste. Catherine) Judith-Jasmin Pavilion, Room J-R120

With the following media & hypermedia art artists :
Sébastien Cliche & Johanne Jarry
Marc Veyrat & Franck Soudan
John Cayley
Jhave + Alice v/dk
Alexandra Saemmer
Myriam Lambert
Grégory Fabre
Alexandre Quessy
Éric Lint


Friday August 26th

- 18h30 : Closing Banquet

Location : Salle Memorial, Temple Maçonnique de Montréal, 1850, rue Sherbrooke Ouest (angle Saint-Marc, corner St. Marc), Metro Guy-Concordia

Reservation only. Please confirm your presence in room D-R200 by Tuesday August 23rd at noon.