LE COLLECTIF ARTIVISTIC emerges out of the proposition that not only artists should talk about art, academics about theory, and activists about activism. We aim to promote transdisciplinary and intercultural dialogue on activist art beyond critique, to create and facilitate a network of diverse peoples, and to inspire, proliferate, activate.
Artivistic strives for intense forms of knowledge, exchange, representation and practices of everyday life by stimulating the mind, the imagination and the body. We oppose the progression of monolithic thought and aim to make links between diverse perspectives and approaches, facilitating mutually beneficial processes of contamination. Our desire is to build a space of exchange, analysis and experimentation for “artist-organizers” drawing on self-organized, collaborative and distributed networks.
Artivistic emerged in 2004 in Montreal as an “evention” (a hybrid between event, invention and intervention) facilitating a much-needed alternative space for the discussion of political-creative action on the periphery of academia. Since then, Artivistic has produced three international gatherings on the interPlay between art, information and activism, in addition to several special projects.
Current and past co-presenters include: Apathy is Boring, Artengine, articule, Café Cleopatra, Cinema Politica, CKUT 90.3 community-campus radio, La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse, Critical World, DARE-DARE, Frigo Vert, GIV (Groupe intervention video), Ile Sans Fil, Lokidesign, OBORO, Pop & Politics, Skol, Studio XX, University of the Streets Café, as well as UpgradeMTL (Upgrade! Montréal).