Launched in spring 2018, Villa — véhicule d’arts actuels et numériques is the first mobile laboratory dedicated to digital creation in Laval. Equipped for creation and production, and serving as a site of micro-presentation, promotion and mediation, Villa is a food-truck type vehicle outfitted to host artists working in contemporary and digital art.
Launched at a time when VCA is without a fixed and lasting site for creation and presentation, Villa embodies the Centre’s nomadism as well as its desire to connect with the public, to reach people, wherever they may be.
VCA’s vision for Villa is for it to be part of an ongoing process of iterations and improvements, responding to feedback from the artists in residence and the public. Villa was initially conceived and outfitted in collaboration with the participatory design firm La Camaraderie, along with professional artists and members of the community. The vehicle is conceived to adapt to different projects and to artist’s varying technical needs. Its setup and functionalities are destined to evolve.
Specifically, the programming offered through Villa — véhicule d’arts actuels et numériques is open to professional artists from Laval and Québec who are interested in digital creation, especially in off-site contexts. Much like the Centre, Villa embraces the heterogeneity of practices that characterize contemporary art, and embraces cross-disciplinarity, especially in the area of digital arts. Villa is an unconventional presentation venue and a creative tool, as well as an object/material open to transformation: it is a place to be invented, a residency to inhabit, a dwelling to be built!
Explore the archive of projects and events via the Villa circlet, or discover some of Villa’s past and important projects in presentation, mediation and creation: Expomobile, Rencontres mobiles, Summer Residency.
Watch a video about the Expomobile produced by VCA, or about Roby Provost Blanchard’s summer residency by Signé Laval. Read Sarah Ève Tousignant’s text in Vie des arts 225 about Villa and access to the arts in Quebec’s rural and periurban regions.