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Visual artist Andrew Forster lives and works in Montreal. His work includes collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects, installation, performance, video, sculpture, design for theatre and interventions in public space. Current work has two primary directions: firstly, installation, video-installation, and movement-based performance shown in visual art and dance venues (both as solo work and in collaboration) and, secondly, text or typographical installations and multiples which range in scale from artist's books to indoor and outdoor architectural interventions. A selection of video and audio work was encapsulated in a survey exhibition entitled Duet-Trio-Quartet at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax in 2008. Earlier work includes: a touring production of Samuel Beckett's That Time (with artist Michael Fernandes); the development of the winning design in a competition for a new entrance to Place des Arts, Montreal (with architects Atelier Big City); a performance for 75 people entitled En masse, (with choreographer Suzanne Miller); and Ossip, a stage performance based on the poetry of Ossip Mandelstam. More recently: Mouth is a large scale typographic installation, a room made of words (2012); Mer Paraguayenne, another typographic work, is a collaboration for public space with poet Erin Moure (2014); Steadycam is an improvised performance for four dancers and two musicians and a steadycam rig, developed subsequently as a video installation (2012); Geste is a choreographic video-performance (video installation) in which two dancers perform a coordinated choreography without moving, part of a series of works about thought and movement (2015).

Proposals for public space and responses to art-in-architecture and urban design competitions (in collaboration with design professionals) are an active engagement with urban issues and the field of design. Forster's critical writing about performance, visual art and design has appeared widely. Current research is about contemporary art as a critical practice in relationship to design, including recent writing on the design and architecture of Vito Acconci. Forster teaches part-time in the Departments of Design & Computation Arts and Art History at Concordia University, Montreal with a focus on art & design as tools for investigating public space. In 2013 he founded Menlo Park, an online journal on art, design and landscape. He has participated as a team member or team leader in several invitational competitions for public space.

push [montréal] / la compagnie andré forestier

In 2003, established the production company Push [Montréal] (occasionally known as la compagnie andré forestier), an umbrella for collaborative and cross-disciplinary productions and competition projects.

l'endroit indiqué

l'Endroit indiqué is a storefront/vitrine exhibition space in the home of architects Anne Cormier and Randy Cohen on rue Marie-Anne in the heart of the plateau. Open day and night.

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menlo park

menlo park is an online journal of conversation on the (hopefully life-altering) collision of design, art, architecture and landscape.

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Andrew Forster est établi à Montréal. Son travail consiste en projets collaboratifs et interdisciplinaires, installations, performances, vidéos, photos et œuvres pour des espaces publics. Ses réalisations récentes se composent essentiellement de performances inspirées du mouvement pour des vidéos présentées lors d'événements consacrés à l'art visuel ou à la danse, ainsi que de propositions pour des concours d'intégration des arts à l'architecture et de design urbain. Il a étudié l'art visuel au Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, à Halifax et à la Jan Van Eyck Akademie, à Maastricht (Pays-Bas). Depuis 2005, il occupe le poste de chargé de cours au département de design et d'arts numériques de l'Université Concordia, à Montréal.

Certains de ses projets précédents, se composant principalement de faux et de contrefaçons biographiques délibérées, ont été incorporés à une exposition intitulée
Museum Stories au Power Plant, à Toronto. Parmi les plus récentes collaborations, on retrouve : une mise en scène de That Time de Samuel Beckett (avec Michael Fernandes); le projet lauréat du concours pour une nouvelle entrée de la Place des Arts de Montréal (avec les architectes de l'Atelier Big City) et En masse, performance pour 75 personnes (avec la chorégraphe Suzanne Miller). Par ailleurs, ses écrits critiques sur la performance, le design et les arts visuels ont paru dans plusieurs publications et catalogues (voir 'publications').

push [montréal] / la compagnie andré forestier

La compagnie de production Push [Montréal] (occasionnellement connue sous le nom de la Compagnie andré forestier) a été mise sur pied en 2003 pour chapeauter des collaborations, des productions interdisciplinaires et des projets de concours.

l'endroit indiqué

l'endroit indiqué est un espace d'exposition en vitrine sur la maison des architectes Anne Cormier et Randy Cohen, dans la rue Marie-Anne, au c œ ur du Plateau-Mont-Royal. Ouvert jour et nuit.

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menlo park

menlo park est un journal en ligne sur la collision (aux séquelles que nous espérons permanentes) entre design, art, architecture et paysage.

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