Sébastien Caquard, professor in Concordia’s Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment, created the Raconte-Moi Riopelle Atlas using Kabiljo’s data and a software called Atlascine. This distinct open-source, online mapping platform was developed at Concordia specifically to blend storytelling and geographic visualization.
The atlas allows for in-depth exploration of individual narratives and provides a seamless transition between stories interconnected by shared themes or locations.
Inspired by the stories found in the atlas, artist and master’s degree student Sarah Bengle created Vivre (et écouter) autrement, a multimedia installation that serves as a contemplative space for processing grief.
The installation is also a personalized exploration of the narratives within the Raconte-moi Riopelle project.
The installation interweaves stories from Riopelle’s social circle with the landscape between Montreal and Isle-aux-Grues, a significant place in Riopelle’s life. The area is tied to the creation of his final masterpiece.
“Through this project, my aim was to delve into the enduring emotional imprints a person leaves, resonating through time even long after their passing,” Bengle notes.
“It also presented a unique opportunity to immerse myself deeply in the cultural ambiance surrounding my paternal grandparents, Otto and Rollande Bengle, whose lives were intertwined with Riopelle’s throughout the years.”
For Manon Gauthier, executive director of the Riopelle Foundation and general commissioner of the Riopelle Centenary Celebrations, Raconte-Moi Riopelle is a treasure bequeathed to future generations.
“The Riopelle Foundation is delighted to have joined forces with Concordia University to make this important project possible and to enrich knowledge about the life and career of Jean Paul Riopelle, with a view to inspiring the artists of today and tomorrow,” she says.
Visitors to the exhibition can explore Vivre Autrement at the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling in the J.W. McConnell Building, 10th Floor, Room LB-1042.02, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd W.
The installation runs from November 24 to December 15.
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