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ATSA, quand l'Art passe à l'Action

Montréal | Place Émilie-Gamelin

November 16 to 25, 2012

© Luc Senécal

FROM NOVEMBEr 16 to 25|nov. 16 -17-18|Nov. 22 : LA SOIRÉE ROUGE






Five installations will be open to the public between November 16 through 25, around the clock, starting Friday, November 16 at 4 p.m. to Sunday, November 25 at 11 p.m.

Du verger au Carré Rouge,  L’œuvre de la soupe, La petite maison jaune, Parking and Palissade

Each of these five installations reveals a slice of this territory’s history.

Du verger au Carré Rouge is a tribute to 2012’s so-called maple spring. Fact: up to the early 19th century, the neighbourhood was one big orchard! The redness of the apples inspired this installation! From within a square, 18-bushel bin full of red apples, a soundtrack (produced by ATSA and Luc Raymond) constituted of field recordings of this past spring’s demonstrations recalls the atmosphere and slogans that resonated then and stirred our conscience.

The installations L’œuvre de la soupe and La petite maison jaune are a nod to Melvin Charney, who passed away earlier in the year and who designed the work Gratte-ciel, cascades d’eau/rues, ruisseaux…une construction  found at Place Émilie-Gamelin. The first installation, a reconstitution of the Asile de la Providence (Asylum of Providence), is done in the spirit of Corrid’Art, while the second is in the spirit of his sculpture garden for the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The forecourt of the reconstituted asylum will serve as a stage for the circus and musical performances, and the asylum building will serve for the digital projections of the archival material we have been able to gather over the past six months! Two huge reproduced images will frame the projections and complete the installation by juxtaposing Émilie Gamelin’s soup kitchen alongside images of contemporary poverty showing that soup is still being served on the Place, including during the État d’Urgence event that ran for 12 years on the square.

After the Asile was sold to the Ville de Montréal, there came the building of the metro system. As a by-product, we were left with 30 years of parking space! The installation Parking bears witness to this with its 29-minute video of the metro’s inauguration integrated into an actual metro wagon from that era. The accompanying Palissade uses eight themed panels comprised of various archival material to tell the story of the square.



5:30 p.m. in memory of Émilie Gamelin’s soup kitchen!

Did you know that from 1827 on, and officially as of 1841, the Dames de la Charité (Ladies of Charity) and then the sisters of the Asile de la Providence served nearly 500 bowls of soup each day on the Place? ATSA continued this tradition with its État d’Urgence event for 12 years. Numerous organizations and citizens provide meals here year-long, which confirms the square’s humanitarian vocation, and ATSA will continue this tradition of giving every evening of the event at  5:30 p.m., thanks to the great generosity of Caroline Dumas from Soupesoup!