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.


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.


Selected teams : 


– Sophie Dargy and Pascale Rafie, Des mots qui voyagent

– Karim Larose and Anne-Marie Boucher, La Main du Nord. La rue Saint-Hubert en récit

– Anouk Looten and Géraldine Lansiaux, Ici c’est bien !

– Marie-Laure M. Rozas et Rébekkah-Bianca Rozas, Pendant ce temps, la pandémie ! Paroles de jeunes adultes

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