Author Archives: Katherine Chou
Set in various locations of the Atwater library–including the atmospheric basement and boiler rooms–this piece mixed live storytelling and projected video, historical fact and creative fiction to illustrate the historical past of the Mechanic’s Institute of Montreal in relation to the current day Atwater Library and Computer Centre. Through this process, we hope to bring to light the many creative aspects that make up this complex place in a fun, entertaining way. Original Ghost Story and Concept by Katherine Downey in subsequent partnership with Anaberta Argueta, Christopher Carignano, & Molly Hotson.
Three short films exploring the subject of “your community’s library” in a creative and musical way. Using the arts of stop motion and puppetry, this work seeks to use the innate magic of stop motion and puppetry to capture the magic that can be found in the library and between the covers of a book:
Artists’ Statement: as musicians, actors and puppeteers we wanted to create a live musical, visual, and experiential performance to help foster the message of the library as a place of fun and imagination at “the heart” of the neighbourhood. Collaborating Artists: Emily Schon, Morgan Nerenberg, Iva Delic, Luisa Muhr.
A short video about a workshop held on November 27, 2012 at the Atwater Library in collaboration with the YMCA’s Femmes en Action, TNT, and the Digital Literacy Project. Original Workshop Concept by Lili Monette-Crepo in subsequent partnership with Laura Harris and Peter Shaw. Videoediting by Peter Shaw.
By Molly Hotson
I wrote this poem in the hopes that I would be able to effectively relay my personal experience and journey thus far with the Atwater Library. To me, the Atwater Library’s identity is everchanging. Beginning as the Mechanic’s Institute of Montreal, the library has now developed into a centre designed to bring the community together through education and outreach. The more I learned about the Atwater Library, the more I realized that it was impossible to describe the library in just a few words. And so, this poem was born.
By Emily Schon
In 1821 a group of concerned men—including Reverend Henry Esson, the Governor of Lower Canada and the Sheriff of Montreal—gathered to discuss what they called the “riff-raff” problem. The Reverend and his men were concerned that the proletariat where throwing away their pennies in the of gin mills and bear pits! Thus began the struggle of the Montreal Mechanic’s Institute to educate modern man!
By Laura Harris
It’s something surprising that exists in public places, that people encounter rather than attend, that is stumbled upon rather than sought out. Something that is part of the everyday experience; an experience where the art comes first and the ‘what?’ and the ‘why?’ are asked or explained later, or not at all.
By Morgan Nerenberg
Photo Haikus are an ancient poetic form, while Twitter is a cutting edge social network. Both however are linked by having extreme limitations on the length of any single “post”. I chose to combine this two forms while also adding in photography. By “searching out Haikus” I was able to take photographs that then were to subject of a short poem, and then posted to them Twitter. Original Concept and Realization by Morgan Nerenberg.