Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras
Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras (Montréal, Québec) | patmiki.ca
The artist duo Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras have been connecting at the local level since 1999 with a view to exhibiting stories related by and for people, enriched by testimonies, chronicles of ordinary, unofficial stories. These micro-narratives make up murals, photographic animations and photomontages meticulously prepared with the help of digital tools that allow the artists to explore different facets of image narration.
On the occasion of the 250th anniversary of Carleton-sur-Mer, in 2017, the two artists asked for the participation of the local population with regard to the oral transmission of stories that had contributed to the building of the town’s identity. Inspired by their encounters, they visually immortalized this community’s memory in the creation of the permanent mural Tracadigash, an immense, 25-square-meter photomontage composed of images from archives and from family albums. The duo also created the online platform tracadigash.carletonsurmer.com, with photographic-animation films and complementary content.
Finally, in September 2021, as part of Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie, Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras in collaboration with interactive-media designers Thibault Landel and François Pallaud are launching Résonances atemporelles(Resonance Outside of Time). This work in augmented reality created on the basis of the permanent mural Tracadigash allows visitors to create a digital postcard.
To see Resonance Outside of Time and create a card, you have to:
- take your cellphone to the mural Tracadigash, located in Parc des Horizons (on the wall of the Jean Coutu) in Carleton-sur-Mer;
- connect to the Parc des Horizons public WiFi network;
- scan the QR code found in front of the mural;
- position your cellphone camera at a distance of about 2 meters from the mural in order to capture 5 words that that will go into creating your very own digital postcard.
In the form of an “exquisite corpse,” an algorithm relates the selected words to sentences found on vintage postcards associated with sequences from home movies made by vacationers. The result is a digital postcard that people can share with friends and family.
Augmented-reality work at Rencontres
Patrick Dionne and Miki Gingras presented the work Synergie in Italy, Canada and Colombia from 2018 to 2020, in addition to participating in the Biennale of Photography Urbi & Orbi in Sedan, France. In 2017 they created Morcha for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai, and took part in the Manif d’art 8 in Québec City.
Between 2014 and 2020 they created the Web platform Tracadigash, participated in Sudbury’s Alternative Art Fair, in Rencontres de la photographie en Gaspésie, in Toronto’s Contact Festival and in the Noorderlicht International Photo Festival in Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2012 they were awarded first prize at the Latin American Photography Competition in Colombia, and between 2004 and 2008 they created the project Humanidad in Nicaragua.
Over their career they’ve received a number of residency and creation grants from the arts councils of Québec, Canada and Montreal. Their work has been exhibited in Québec, elsewhere in Canada, and in Latin America, Europe and Asia.