Interactive Guided Tour with the Artist – Quentin VerCetty: Missing Black Technofossils Here
- Past Event
- Public Art
- Contemporary Art
451 Saint-Jean Street
Montréal, Québec H2Y 2R5
Saturday, July 8, 2023
Specify which tour you would like to take.
Morning Guided Tour
10:30 AM: Introduction by Quentin VerCetty
11 AM: Sites visit and sharing session
Afternoon Guided Tour
For ages 21 and under
2 PM: Introduction by Quentin VerCetty
2:30 PM: Sites visit and activity
Tours will be offered in English. A French whisperer will be present during the event.
To be able to participate in this event, visitors will need to have access to a smart phone and use their cellular data for the AR experience.
Interactive Guided Tour with Quentin VerCetty
Each tour will be preceded by an introduction by VerCetty at the PHI Foundation, and participants will then be led by the artist to visit three of the recommended sites with different instructions and tasks that will allow them to creatively engage with the city’s history and his AR artwork, entitled Ancestral Technofossil, on a smart device of their own.
The project and AR experience address the underrepresentation of people of African descent in the public sphere. Through the AR experience, the tour revisits these sites to reveal and rediscover the untold stories that have been excluded from history.
Missing Black Technofossils Here - Introduction
Missing Black Technofossils Here - Toussaint Louverture Statue
Missing Black Technofossils Here - Place Marie-Joseph Angélique
Missing Black Technofossils Here - Maisonneuve Statue
Missing Black Technofossils Here - Boer War Memorial Over the Old Black Burial Ground
Missing Black Technofossils Here - Black Railway Porters Commemorative Plaque
Missing Black Technofossils Here - Oscar Peterson Park
Winner of the 2020 Joshua Glover Memorial competition to create Toronto’s first monument to a person of African descent, 2020 Fellow of Monument Lab, and recipient of the Governor-General's Bronze Medal, Quentin VerCetty (Lindsay) is a multi-award-winning, multidisciplinary visual griot, artpreneur, educator, artivist, and an ever-growing interstellar tree. With a BFA from OCAD University (2017) and an MA in Art Education from Concordia University (2021), he is one of the world’s leading Afrofuturist a/r/tographers. His scholarly work looks at Afrofuturism as a teaching tool, coining the terms Sankofanology as a lens and Rastafuturism as a concept.
VerCetty’s creative works speculate on social issues and the imaginative futures of representation and preservation of the memories of people of African descent. VerCetty is one of the foundational leaders of the international Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM) and started the BSAM Canada Institute chapter in 2016 to help combat systemic anti-Black erasure and improve the creative industry for artists of African descent in Canada. VerCetty is the co-editor of the first Canadian Afrofuturism art anthology, Cosmic Underground Northside: An Incantation of Black Canadian Speculative Discourse and Innerstandings (2020), which includes the contributions of 30 writers and highlights works of over 100 Black Canadian artists, documenting the growing contemporary art movement of Afrofuturism in the country.
Through his work, he hopes to engage minds and inspire hearts to help to make the world a better place, not only for today, but for many tomorrows to come.
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