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Guillaume Saur

Bio/Statement

Guillaume Saur is currently an MFA candidate at Emily Carr University, whose practice explores Artificial Intelligence and the cultures of display through the repurposing of algorithms designed by multimillion-dollar companies, hereby revealing the underlying social and political artifices embodied by such technologies through a generated language of images.

In addition to working with repurposed algorithms, he is conducting material research in large format printing and custom displays in order to deconstruct and reinvent merchandising aesthetics as they relate to users’ digital costumes, avatars, and other representational artefacts, through the creation of an artist-run virtual laboratory for collecting data and image-making.

Lately, he has been exploring with generative models that contribute to raising awareness toward extractive systems and surveillance technologies, thus reversing the gaze on power systems populating digital territories while questioning the impact of artificial intelligence and its potential future outcomes.

CV

Education:
  • 2022 - MFA, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada (expected graduation)
  • 2020 - BFA Studio Art, Photography program, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Grants & Awards
  • 2021 - Joseph Armand Bombardier Scholarship, SSHRC, Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s Program
  • 2021 - Emily Carr University Merit Award Bursary, Vancouver
  • 2020 - Research and Creation Entrance Scholarship, Emily Carr University, Vancouver
  • 2020 - Fine Art Student Alliance, Special Project Grant, Concordia University, Montreal
  • 2018 - Faculty of Fine Arts Development Fund Scholarship, Concordia University, Montreal
  • 2018 - Fine Art Student Alliance, Special Project Grant, Concordia University, Montreal
Exhibitions & Festivals
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2017 - Her & I, Espace des Mêmes, Montreal
  • 2016 - Le monde de l’exil, photobook launch, La boutique noire MTL, Montreal
  • 2016 - Triptyque & Nuancée, Kafein Café-Bar, Montreal
  • 2015 - J’ai peur des poissons, photobook launch, Thazard, Montreal
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2021 - Conversation, Maytens Project, Toronto
  • 2021 - State of Practice, SOP, Michael O’Brian Commons, Emily Carr University, Vancouver
  • 2020 - Salon d'août, Anteism Books- Project Space, Montreal
  • 2020 - Soft Power, Art Matters Festival, Studio XX, Montréal
  • 2019 - Would You Bury Me, Art Matters Festival, Place Publique, Darling Foundry, Montreal
  • 2019 - Misconstructed, Vav Gallery, Montreal
  • 2019 - On a Scale of 1 to 10, Galerie du Viaduc, Montreal
  • 2018 - Traces of Process, CPC's group show, Glass Door Gallery, Montreal
  • 2018 - BLUEPRINTS, Art Matters Festival, Vav Gallery, Montreal
  • 2016 - Analog MTL, Matahari Loft, Montreal
  • 2014 - Foire d'art, Espace Pop, Montreal
  • 2014 - La couleur de la viande, Lapin Pressé Café, Montreal
Publications
  • 2021 - WOO Publication, (SOME)TIME, Spring issue
  • 2021- Shifting Ground : Imag(in)ing Canada’s Receding Arctic Coast, Dialogista vaikuttamista, collaborator
  • 2020 – I Need to Talk to You, group research seminar scholar article (web & paper)
  • 2020 - Musée en quarantaine, Duplicata, "DIY / Fait main" musée d'art de Joliette
  • 2020 - Art in Quarantine, Touching Realities, Gallery & Studio Art Journal
  • 2020 - Spectacle, Issue 23.1, The Void Magazine
  • 2016 - Lisbon Story, UP! Urban Photography Magazine
  • 2012 - 5 Tumblr Montreal, Nightlife Magazine
Interviews
  • 2017 - Electric Triptych, Hunger TV Magazine
  • 2017 - Artist Biography, Analogue Vibes Magazine
  • 2013 - Taper dans l’oeil, Ton Barbier Magazine
Catalogues
  • 2019 - Art Matters festival’s catalogue, edition 2019
  • 2019 - Colorimetry of North American Surfaces, edition 2019
  • 2018 - Art Matters festival’s catalogue, edition 2018
  • Lectures & Teaching
  • 2021 - Cloud Culture: Possibilities of Digital Multiculturalism, Gallery Weekend, Toronto
  • 2021 - The Motherboard, annual Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) Conference, Toronto
  • 2021 - Teaching assistant, Visual Art Senior Studio 410, ECUAD, Vancouver
  • 2020 - "In Touch" Graduate Research Symposium, Digital Touch panel, Vancouver
  • 2020 - Teaching assistant, Visual Art Senior Studio 400, ECUAD, Vancouver
Related work experiences
  • 2021 - Research assistantship, Algorithmic Aporias, SSHRC-supported research project, Vancouver
  • 2020 - 2021 - Research assistantship, Shifting Ground, SSHRC-supported research project, Vancouver
  • 2020 - Web design, research scholar group, I Need to Talk to You, ECUAD, Vancouver
  • 2019 - Co-curation, The Waste Land exhibition, Concordia Photography Collective, Skol, Montreal
  • 2018 - 2019 - Booking Officer/Social Media Coordinator, CPC, Montreal
  • 2015 - 2016 – Co-founder & Photographer of Creative Collective “Liberi Noctis” Montreal
  • 2011 - 2013 – Head Merchandiser & Window Designer Canada, American Apparel, Montreal
Collections:
  • Pelicano Restaurant, Montréal
  • Thazard Restaurant, Montréal