Eastern Bloc


24 September - 14 October 2015
BPLTC I : Cellular Control

Eastern Bloc introduces the first segment of our 2015-2016 three-part cycle of exhibitions and activities, BPLTC, on the general theme of biopolitics. The development of computer and digital technologies enables important command of human activities, responding to major financial, corporate and political interests, sometimes for better. Advances in research and its technical applications raise complex issues that are central to communities, and are located at the heart of current political challenges. Each exhibit will also feature a program of artist talks, discussion, and workshops.

Gallery opening hours : Tues - Sun, 12pm - 5pm
Artist talk with SubRosa: 26 September, 2pm - 3pm
Guided tour of exhibit: 27 September, 2pm - 3pm

3 October 2015
Series of three panel discussions

Eastern Bloc, in partnership with Mutek and in the context of the second edition of Mutek_IMG, proposes a series of three panel discussions on the subject of political issues related to contemporary digital culture. The participating artists and theorists are: Vincent Marquis, Alessandro Delfanti, Mary Bunch, Tagny Duff, Martin Rodriguez, Bengt Sjolen, Gabriella Coleman, David Ahmad, Sophie Toupin, Julian Oliver, Matthias Strubel, Sébastien Pierre and Louis-Richard Tremblay.

Centre Phi, Espace A, 407 rue Saint-Pierre

Art and Science in the Age of Bioplitics
Black Hat, Grey Hat, White Hat: Privacy Ethics of a Hacktivist
Off the Grid: Alternative Networks in the 21st century


23 September - 4 October 2015

Eastern Bloc is sending emerging Canadian and Québécois digital artists to Zagreb, Croatia, for the upcoming Device_art Triennial. True to its mission to support emerging Canadian digital artists, Eastern Bloc has selected five up-and-coming artists : Myriam Bleau, Erin Gee, Craig Fahner, Nataliya Petkova, and Alice Jarry. This collaboration marks an ongoing partnership with the curatorial collective, Kontejner, based in Croatia, which has produced the Device_Art Triennial for several years.

Zagreb, Croatia
Vernissage : 24 September 2015

Every first Thursday of the month

Eastern Bloc and CKUT are teaming up for a novel radio project, dedicated to emerging artistic practices, with special attention to those occurring on the Montreal digital arts scene. The next show will air Thursday June 4th, from 8pm to 9pm, with several invited artists.

8pm - 9pm
CKUT – 90,3 MHz



13 October - 17 November 2015
Introduction to Python
Workshop series given by Ismail Negm
Tuesday evenings, 7pm - 10pm
Fee : $250 regular / $125 reduced

No matter what your field of interest, there's a good chance learning to code in Python will bring you valuable new forms of expression. Visual arts? Use the Blender API to generate 3D art programmatically or PyProcessing to create generative and dynamic 2D. Musical composition? Analyze with Music 21 or use the Mingus library as a foundation for your compositions and generative works. Sound design? Use Pyo for signal processing. Robotics? Use Pyro to control and give them vision or use the Python that comes preinstalled on Raspberry-Pi to build your own inventions. Machine learning, mathematics, embedded systems, web development? There are thousands of libraries and innumerable ways in which you can use Python programming to realize your projects.

10 - 11 octobre 2015
Cine Expandido
Workshop given by the Luz y Fuerza collective (MX)
10 - 11 October 2015, 10am - 6pm
Fee : 75$ regular / 50$ reduced

This workshop is an introduction to hand made cinema through the manipulation of light with a very simple handcrafted projection device. A practical workshop that begins with the construction of the device, passes through the process of learning how to use it and how to develop the image, the creation of a score for the ensemble of all projectors and ends up with a live presentation of this ensemble at Eastern Bloc’s Lab, on Sunday evening.

In association with the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma


Come and join us for our weekly open lab night. Every Thursday evening, from 6pm until 10pm, open lab nights are a great opportunity to come and find out how to become a member and learn more about what our members are working on in a relaxed and casual environment.


As part of their "Artist Toolkit" program, the Regroupement des artistes en arts visuels (RAAV) offers professional artists working in the visual and media arts the opportunity to receive a partial reimbursement on participation fees to workshop and continued education activities. Some conditions apply, and to know more about this program, artists are invited to click on the link below. As of 2015, all professional artists participating in Eastern Bloc workshops are eligible to receive a partial reimbursement on their registration fees.



Deadline for submissions: 13 November 2015
Residency dates: 18 January - 9 March 2016
Public presentation: 10 - 13 March 2016

Eastern Bloc’s residency program is a chance for artists and audiences to critically engage in the artistic process, with a focus on DIY and open source culture as well as the political discourse surrounding contemporary digital culture, with a special consideration for pedagogy and technological democratization. For the upcoming Winter 2016 residency, artists (or artist collectives) are asked to submit a project in one or more of the following disciplines: interactive installation/performance, Net art, bio art, audio/video installation, A/V performance, sound performance, public intervention.

Deadline for submissions: 4 December 2015

From September 2015 until June 2016, a one-night event, informal in nature, will showcase the works in progress of Eastern Bloc’s current and potential members. Participating artists receive immediate feedback from the public, are given access to the centre’s exhibition spaces, our technical resources, the team’s expertise and a range of documentations services and marketing tools. Please submit your proposal – in the fields of New Media art – at any time during the 2015 – 2016 season.