Public Forum on the Status of Electronic Equipment in Montréal  
17 May 2012 to 20 May 2012

As part of International Digital Arts Biennial organised by Elektra (ACREQ)

A collaboration between articule and the Artifact Institute, this interdisciplinary event will explore perspectives on the consumption, use, disposal, repair, re-use and obsolescence of electronic equipment. The forum will consider how the Montreal community is responding to the ever-increasing volume of electronic equipment that is perceived as obsolete, valueless or disposable, and engage the wider contexts of these issues.


The forum will bring together presenters from community organizations, activist milieus, the art world, universities, small businesses and the general public in a single space of encounter. Presentations by invited panelists will be accompanied by a facilitated public discussion, workshops and a community fair.

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A glimpse at the program :

May 17, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Thinking very differently: Fresh approaches to engaging recycled technology
Presented by James Wallbank
Hexagram-Concordia, Resource Centre, Room EV 11.705
1515 Ste-Catherine W., Montréal QC
co-organized with Hexagram-Concordia

English artist and free technology activist James Wallbank will use Access Space Network, the longest-running free digital learning centre in the UK as a model to explore artistic, theoretical and environmental aspects of our relationships with technology and the ways we can creatively engage with recycled technology.


May 18, 10am – 4pm

Coping with Chaos: Building creative contexts in uncertain times
Workshop by James Wallbank
Eastern Bloc Lab
7240 Clark, 2nd floor

How questions around service delivery, environmental footprint, and cultural and political objectives can be reconciled in organizational operations and technology planning ?

This workshop is intended for the staff, board and members of independent media arts centres, community media and non-profit organizations.
Please RSVP at or 514-842-9686 by May 15, 2012.


May 19, 10am-4:30pm
Presentations, Public Conversation and Community Fair
Mile End library
5434, Parc avenue

Participants : Bogdana Lupas-Collinet (Action RE-buts), Vincent Bonin, Jeremy Bouchez, Max D and Rupert (Foulab), Tim Dallett and Adam Kelly (Artifact Institute), Christina Haralanova, Emmanuel Madan ([The User]).
Presentations by invited panelists accompanied by a facilitated public discussion and a Community Fair. The community fair is a place to showcase the breadth of activities going on in Montreal related to the perceived obsolescence, repair, re-use and recycling of electronic equipment.


20 mai, 13h00-17h00
Demystifying consumer electronics
Workshop with Tim Dallett and Adam Kelly (Artifact Institute)
262 Fairmount O.
Montréal, QC

This hands on workshop aims to demystify consumer electronics and foster a positive and proactive engagement with electronic equipment in daily life. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of electricity and electronics by disassembling obsolete electronic equipment.


All events are free

The forum is bilingual, translation to English and French will be provided.

articule thanks the Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this project.

For information and media, please contact Kerri at or 514-842-9686

Discussion and Workshops  

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