L’écosystème is a response to a reflection initiated by six organizations in the digital creativity field in Saguenay and working in the niche of excellence of arts and culture. They were questioning the reality of current structures for artistic creation in Canada. As a result of the many exchanges resulting from this reflection, l’écosystème was created; the first collaborative entity in the arts and culture environment in Canada. At the forefront of the field of artistic and cultural innovation, l’écosystème unites joint artistic expertise and offers artists and cultural workers, the incubation and acceleration of creative and collaborative projects.
L’écosystème proposes two main avenues of service: hosting international artistic residencies and sharing expertise on mutualization processes.
L’écosystème wishes to highlight the know-how of the six founding member organizations in an innovative cultural ecology for artists. The multidisciplinary team wishes to promote the development of collaborative business models with peer organizations in Quebec and even in Canada.
The creation of collaborative business models is made possible through knowledge sharing via training on mutualization processes and through support for the implementation of collaborative projects.
L’écosystème is a symbiosis between six organizations seeking to put their expertise at the service of the arts, culture and artists of Quebec and Canada. These organizations all have complementary missions, and their fields of expertise are multidisciplinary.
Bande Sonimage is an organization created in 2009. Its mission is to sustain the production, dissemination, and distribution of video and cinematographic works by creators in the region, to develop their skills and to facilitate filming. Their expertise is creative guidance, the development of creative film and video projects, in addition to the management of an equipment rental fleet.
Caravane Films Productions is the producer of the REGARD International Short Film Festival. It is one of the main short film festivals in North America. Founded in 1995 in Saguenay, the event presents nearly 200 Quebec and international short films every year. REGARD is a gateway to the Americas for short films and an international launch pad for Canadian cinema.
Their marketing network and their technical expertise in digital broadcasting make them a benchmark in their community.
Bang is the oldest artist-run centre in Canada, having been created in 1958. The centre’s mission is to create spaces allowing experimentation and creation by providing artists with a context, tools and adequate technical assistance. It 20,000 square feet of space, Bang offers numerous research-creation residencies, dissemination activities and several assistance services for artists.
Founded in 1980, the Centre d’Expérimentation Musicale’s mission is to develop the world of new and emerging music in Saguenay. Through its training, creation, production, and distribution activities, the CEM provides professional support to its creators in a context that promotes research and musical exploration. Among other things, CEM owns a professional recording studio.
Since 1997, the Centre de production en art actuel TOUTTOUT has the task to sustain the production of visual artists working in Saguenay. To this end, the organization provides professional artists with a variety of workspaces, specialized equipment as well as low-cost technical support to support the realization of their projects. TOUTTOUT is a community of artists that promotes exchange, research, and experimentation.
Since 2010, Éditions OQP has been producing Zone Occupée, a web platform and a biannual current art and culture magazine that showcases and analyzes the work of artists from the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region. Beyond the simple magazine, it is essential as a reference tool for young artists as well as for professional artists working in regions remote from major centres.