As part of her research, Karine Savard is studying an archive consisting of audiovisual documents representing work in an artificial textile spinning mill in Besançon, France, from the beggining of its operations in 1892 until its definitive closure in 1982. During her residency, she will seek to conceive forms in order to relate the history of image technologies (from collodion process to the advent of digital) to textile processes and methods (from chemical industry to dematerialization and delocalization of work). The results of her researchs will be presented in public spaces in the form of installations during the upcoming transformation of the site of the old factory into a cultural and recreational space. This transformation of a site whose industrial past is gone echoes the transformation of the space La Filature in Gatineau, where is located the production center for media arts Daïmôn.
Karine Savard designs film posters since 2006. Her poster work was awarded many national and international prizes. In her practice outside of the cinematographic industry, she appropriates the presentation mechanisms of publicity in order to produce urban interventions that address current issues related to the transformation of work in a post-industrial era. She is particularly interested in questions related to the divide between manual and intellectual work, the concept of the division of labor and its recognition within the capitalist system and the intervention of aesthetic judgments. Besides her furtive interventions in the past years, her work was presented at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery in 2016. She is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in Études et pratiques des arts at Université du Québec à Montréal. She received a scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture.