The LAB_ARTENSO is dedicated to experimentation, creation, and production of collaborative digital cultural mediation projects. It will open in fall 2021 at Les Ateliers de la Transition, a new centre for social innovation and socio-ecological transition situated in the Montreal borough of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie.



Since its early months of operation, the ARTENSO research centre has sought to offer innovative solutions to the professional needs of co-development and collaborative-learning mediators.


Through the stages of reflection on and evaluation of the community’s needs, a response gradually emerged, embodied in the creation of a unifying, structuring, and innovative centre for those in the cultural mediation field, whether emerging or established: the LAB_ARTENSO.


A search for inspiring models (living labs, creative hubs, co-working collective spaces, and others) led ARTENSO to meet with the Solon Collectif, a non-profit organization devoted to the socio-ecological transition – understood in the broad sense of moving to a new economic and social model.


In summer 2020, Solon moved to a building with a past of housing religious and educational institutions, Académie Sainte-Anne, situated at 6450 rue Christophe-Colomb. The objective, with some ten organizations, is to create a landmark third-place citizen project devoted to social innovation and the socio-ecological transition.


Culture and Socio-ecological Transition


ARTENSO is beginning the partnership with the inauguration of a six-month research-creation residency on the theme of patrimonial mediation of Académie Sainte-Anne. Artist-researchers Ariane Paradis and Marie-Hélène Roch won the competition with their project Récits croisés du 6450. Through geo-poetic workshops and photographic collages, the project is aimed at uncovering the collective narratives forming the site’s identity. The residency period is March to August 2021.


To find out more


LAB_ARTENSO has two main sections:


1) The incubator


In fall 2021, the LAB_ARTENSO Incubator will host and use co-development and shared-learning methods to guide a first cohort of four teams/projects that wish to explore the connections among cultural mediation, digital devices, and collaborative processes. Selected through a call for projects, the proposals chosen will come from artists, mediators, and representatives of organizations that want to find an innovative response to issues involved in relationships between the cultural field and the social field.

2) The studio


ARTENSO and Techno Culture Club will also open the LAB_ARTENSO Studio, which will make digital tool mediators, catalogues of inspiring projects, and prototypes of digital mediation for on-site experimentation available to the community.


First designed to respond to the continuing education needs of mediators, the Studio will gradually be opened to the community under membership terms currently being defined.




More information will be made available here as the project is implemented.


For more information:
Zoé Gagnon-Paquin, responsable de l’incubateur