Monique Savoie - Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec
Before founding the Society for Arts and Technology and the Satosphère, Monique Savoie worked on cargo ships, explored the Arctic on sled, and ran a general store in James Bay. Cultivating the art of popping up where least expected, this self-taught video maker started a revolution that was not quiet in the least, transforming the dreamer into a digital pope.
In the roundabout of her professional life, Monique Savoie co-directs the International Symposium on Electronic Art ISEA95. The event positions Montréal on the international stage of digital creation and triggered the development of this sector in Québec. For this woman of action and reflection, it is the virtual cornerstone of what became the SAT, a place of encounter between the arts, technology, science, and society, combined with a talent incubator.
Unifying, inventive, passionate, and dedicated, this dynamo who is affectionately called Nini de Saint-Sat has erected a collective infrastructure dedicated to independent creation, where a new generation of artists and researchers jump in. In a few decades, digital arts have gone from abstraction to reality, inseparable from the issues of a connected society fuelled by fibre optics. Today, the Satosphère presents immersive works as big as the dreams Monique Savoie continues to dream.
About the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec is a distinction bestowed by CALQ honouring those individuals who have played a prominent role in Québec's artistic development.
The CALQ would like to thanks its partners, the Caisse de la Culture and the newspaper Le Devoir.