WORKSHOP AOIR | A Learning Expedition Through Montreal’s Third Places

Mercredi 10 octobre | Atelier pré-conférence de l’AoIR | A Learning Expedition Through Montreal’s Third Places 

L’équipe du LabCMO organise une learning expedition à travers différents tiers-lieux de Montréal dans le cadre d’un atelier pré-conférence de l’AoIR.

Event description:

Within the AoIR 2018 theme of Transnational Materialities, LabCMO proposes an immersive half-day walked afternoon event focusing on the study of third places whose mandates intersect art, technology, and emerging digital practices.

Through walking and talking, our learning expedition will cut across many of Montreal’s iconic quarters, allowing the participants to follow the cultural and social evolution of the city, from the early immigrant neighbourhoods to the technological and artistic centres that characterize it today.

Our first stop will bring us to NOMAD Nation, a creative co-working production studio situated by the railroad tracks of the Mile End District. Led by Moment Factory founder Jason Rodi, NOMAD Nation houses a creative community specializing in live streaming and digital broadcasts. Our expedition will end at a makerspace, Eastern Bloc, located in the heart of Montreal’s Little Italy. Eastern Bloc explores new modes of production centred on audience participation, technological democratization, and the utilization of urban space.


Hashtags : #LabCMOWEE, #AoIR2018, #OWEE


Organizing committee:

Nina Duque — animation, coordination et recherche
Rémi Toupin — coordination et soutien technique (gestion des bénévoles)
Florence Millerand — animation et traces numériques
Guillaume Latzko-Toth — animation et traces numériques


Detailed program:

1 pm: Reception J-1060—Judith-Jasmin Pavilion, UQAM, 1564 St Denis St, Montreal

1 pm—1:30 pm: Presentation of the program (with coffee, tea and snacks)

1:30 pm—2:15 pm: Travel to Nomad Nation (Metro and walk)

2:15 pm—3:00 pm: Nomad Nation Tour, 129 Ave, Van Horne, Montreal

3:00 pm—3:45 pm: Moving to Eastern Bloc via the railway with a stop if the weather is on our side to discuss and contemplate on our Nomad Nation visit.

3:45 pm—4:30 pm: Eastern Bloc Tour, 7240 Clark St, Montreal

4:30 pm—5:00 pm: Closing Discussion at Eastern Bloc


Nomad Nation,

Eastern Bloc,


Useful information:

Bring mobile devices, as well as pencils and paper, to take pictures, videos and notes of your observations and discoveries throughout the day.

We will be using the following hashtags when uploading images, comments and videos: #LabCMOOWEE, #AoIR2018

We will be travelling mostly on foot, so please dress according to the weather forecast and do wear comfortable shoes. We will also be paying for the short subway ride to the Mile-End quarters.


Themes explored:

TOPIC 1 — Space, place and materiality in collaborative and creative digital communities

  • Coworking spaces and their role in collaborative digital communities and collaborative movements.
  • Spatial, temporal, visual and material dimensions of digital production practices.
  • Digital work practices and their interactions with more traditional forms of work.
  • Location and proximity within collaborative spaces and the larger frame of the city.

TOPIC 2 — Knowledge production and the relationship between collaboration and innovation

  • Open knowledge and how it is transformed collaborative communities.
  • Emergence of new work, networked and creative practices.
  • Co-working spaces as networked communities that contribute to open knowledge.
  • Exploring coworking practices from a critical making perspective.



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The Research Group on Collaborative Spaces (RGCS):



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