“Tracadièche ARCADE” project: call for participants

“Tracadièche ARCADE” project: call for participants

Rencontres invite Gaspesian artists, along with people from the Gaspé community who are both creative and committed, to join Montreal artists Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard of 2boys.tv and Shauna Janssen on a one-week exploration focusing on the sites, sounds and living history of Carleton-sur-Mer. The official start date for this workshop is Wednesday, August 10; however, participants are required to register before July 23 and to prepare ahead of time.

TracadiècheARCADE will be a collection of miniature performances, theatres, and cinemas about exploring the nooks and crannies of Carleton-sur-Mer, its history and its hidden spots,” explains Aaron Pollard. The installation will take the shape of a retail outlet that holds this special collection of shoeboxes containing miniature scenes inspired by the local cultural landscape.

During the one-week workshop, 2boys.tv and Shauna Janssen will guide the participants through the process of selecting and modifying a shoe related to the themes elicited by their chosen sites and to the challenge of adapting their ideas to fit the exigencies of a shoebox arcade. They will be available during the week for questions and coaching and to guide the construction of a pop-up boutique at Quai des arts in Carleton-sur-Mer. That boutique will be open to the public on August 18 and 19 from 1 to 4 pm.

Within this boutique, each artist will be invited to present a shoe along with a corresponding shoebox. Each work will present a unique perspective concerning a location or place in or around Carleton-sur-Mer. Participants are encouraged to consider obscure or forgotten knowledge related to the structures and passages particular to this community. For the purposes of this workshop, marginal places, hidden or even imagined spaces take on an importance usually reserved for monuments and civic structures.

Those who wish to participate in the workshop can email their interest to the Rencontres team at info@photogaspesie.ca before July 23. They will have to provide a short paragraph explaining their reasons for wanting to participate, and either a link to a website or documentation on their practice. Roughly ten participants will be selected. The workshop convenors will contact them during the week of July 25 to ensure that everyone arrives prepared. Details on conditions for participation in the workshop (material required, material supplied, schedule for the workshop week, etc.) are listed following the post presenting the project at photogaspesie.ca, in the “Blog” section.


About ARCADE projects

An interactive installation designed by Montreal artists 2boys.tv’s Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard, ARCADE performs as a participatory artwork that challenges local perceptions of constructed landscapes, allowing spectators to question what is true and to proliferate living knowledge of these places. As a whole, ARCADE hones in on the act of walking, underlining the peculiar discoveries that can only occur on foot. BoutiqueARCADE was the first version of the project in Montreal, followed by DarlingARCADE, exhibited at the Darling Foundry and focusing on the Griffintown neighborhood. QuartierARCADE was carried out with students from the National Theatre School, then MetroARCADE with those from York University in Toronto.



August 10, 2016, at 5 pm
Participants meet at Vaste et Vague with the workshop convenors. For this first meeting, each participant will present a place or site of their choosing along with audiovisual material collected at their site. Material should include one or more photographs (digital files are fine), video and/or audio. The convenors will present the project to participants, show examples from previous arcades and guide participants in preparing for the next step of their creation.

August 11 and 12, 2016, from 10 am to 5 pm
Open studio. Participants are able to meet individually with convenors over the day and to work at their respective sites and/or in the studio.

August 13 and 14, 2016
Convenors are available for meetings with participants by appointment.

August 15 and 16, 2016, from 10 am to 5 pm
Open studio. Participants are able to meet individually with convenors over the day and to complete their works in the studio.

August 17, 2016, from 10 am to 5 pm
Preparing and installing the pop-up store at Quai des arts

August 18 and 19, 2016
Presentation of TracadiècheARCADE at Quai des arts



  • Centre d’artistes Vaste et Vague will provide a space for the participants to gather, modify their shoes and construct their work.
  • tv provides each participant with a shoe box, a foam-core base for building maquettes and some basic materials and tools.
  • tv provides a computer, multiple headphones and miniature screens (iPod Touch) for participants to use for the duration of the workshop.
  • Participants are expected to source their own shoe and any additional materials required to complete their work. They are also encouraged to bring their own devices (cameras, recorder, phones, iPods, laptops) to assist in the creation of their works.
  • After the first meeting, the workshop will take the shape of an open laboratory whereby participants are encouraged to gather, to work independently on their respective projects and to assist with the construction of the pop-up boutique.
  • The boutique will be installed at Quai des arts. Participants will share the responsibility of presenting the works within a pop-up retail framework with the guidance and assistance of the workshop convenors.