Founded in 1981, SAGAMIE is a centre for artistic enquiry and production which specializes in large-format digital printing and digital image manipulation in contemporary art. The centre’s principal activity is providing artists’ residencies, complemented by special dissemination, theoretical, training and publication activities. The centre thereby offers artists, curators and theorists conditions conducive to artistic enquiry and creation, theoretical reflection and the dissemination of uncommon works of art and texts which are situated in a continuum whose goal is to contribute in a significant way to new artistic discourses around the contemporary digital arts.
This ongoing laboratory takes form by supporting innovative projects which develop new ways of thinking about digital media, enquire into photography and pictorial issues or propose interfaces with other practices: installation, performance, outdoor interventions, relational art, photography, painting, the print, integration with architecture, the hybrid, transversal or emerging practices of a new generation of artists, etc. SAGAMIE operates one of the largest artist in residence programs in Canada, receiving more than 50 artists each year from Quebec, the rest of Canada and abroad. These artists work for intensive periods of artistic creation and experimentation in an imposing computer laboratory at the cutting edge of technology, including three large-format archival ink digital printers (print size 60 inches).
Particular attention is paid to supporting emerging artists with a promising topic of artistic enquiry. Artists in residence redefine digital intervention and develop new languages and new forms of artistic creation, thereby making an essential contribution to contemporary debate around the image and to a recognition of digital practice as a motor for enquiry in contemporary art and as a factor in the growth of multidisciplinary approaches.
The Centre de diffusion SAGAMIE, a 1500 sq. ft. exhibition space, encourages projects which integrate new discourses in the contemporary digital arts.