What do we do when we believe that the living arts are overly practice-oriented and rarely of interest to researchers?
We create a new medium for dissemination that brings the two worlds together! This was the gamble made by Véronique Hudon, master's student in theatre at the Université du Québec à Montréal, when she founded the magazine Aparté, arts vivants with several colleagues in 2011. "We need to decompartmentalize research and bridge the gap between researchers and artists" says Ms. Hudon.
Research and discussion on art are undervalued in our society and are too often accused of being elitist.
Passionate about the world of publishing, this project provided an occasion for her to test and hone her skills. She hopes to contribute to the construction of a strong and diversified cultural memory that will include more marginal artists and their works. In her opinion, research and discussion on art are undervalued in our society and are too often accused of being elitist. As for research careers in the field, they remain relatively rare. Researchers have to make a great personal investment, get involved in multiple projects simultaneously and play many roles.
As students, they must also deal with the eternal problem of funding and debt. But the game is worth the candle, according to Véronique Hudon. "Arts research is more and more interdisciplinary," she notes. "We are turning to ephemeral performances and materials that come out of work in natural sciences and engineering, and towards reflections arising from social sciences and humanities. It's very stimulating, and it helps us to develop a better understanding of who we are."