projets hybris is an interdisciplinary, queer and feminist creation company based in Montreal.
By positioning itself at the intersection of several disciplines, projets hybris strives to make collaboration the operating principle of all its projects. Our work is grounded in the ambiguity of connections, the ephemerality of intersections, and the methodological destabilizations brought about by disciplines colliding.
Our artistic practice is defined by its eminently political content. Our creations are strongly influenced by queer and feminist practices, in terms of ideas, forms, and approaches. We take a critical look at the power relationships that underlie our communities by centering, in all our projects, issues relating to marginalized individuals, knowledges, histories and cultures.
Deconstruction processes are at the very heart of our work. We set up non-hierarchical contexts for creation, where improvisation leads artists from several disciplines to shift conventions by suggesting innovative images and constructions. This egalitarian mode of creation pushes individuals to overcome their limits, resulting in rich, uninhibited propositions. The original performative forms developed by projets hybris thus work towards a certain dissolution of the boundaries and frameworks attached to artistic disciplines.
Although projets hybris has been showing work in Montreal since 2010, the company has gained increased attention in recent years, partly thanks to the public and critical success of Propositions for the AIDS Museum, an interdisciplinary reflection on the political and artistic response to the AIDS crisis, presented at Phénomena festival (2014) and in a reworked version at La Chapelle (2017).
Among projets hybris’ ongoing projects are Youngnesse and i await the devil's coming, two new works from which “in progress” versions were presented as part of OFFTA in 2016 and 2017. projets hybris was recently commissioned by DHC / ART - Fondation for contemporary art (Montréal), to create a 5 hours, performative and participative intervention. Titled thegiftsofthegifted, it was presented as part of Nuit blanche in Montreal on March 3, 2018.
projets hybris' works are hosted by institutions and festivals known for their avant-garde programming (Galerie de l’UQAM, La Chapelle, OFFTA, etc.). We infiltrate various networks and venues - theaters, contemporary art galleries, alternative scenes, universities - which in turn push our practice towards ever more hybrid forms. The creations of projets hybris have been awarded prizes (Cartes Prem1ères) and given residencies by several Québec institutions (Productions Recto-verso, Maison de la culture Frontenac, LA SERRE - live arts, City of Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, etc.).
projets hybris regularly takes part in collective events (Short & Sweet, do it Montréal, Total Space Party, Cabaret Tollé, Body Politic ...) that allow us to share our work with various audiences. Furthermore, artists associated with projets hybris are participating in numerous conferences, round tables or publications. These opportunities are relevant to the sustainability the company, as they are occasions of inscribing projets hybris’ practice in the written and oral history of living arts. It also ensures that our critical, political discourse is included in ongoing discussions in the livings arts field.
projets hybris is lead by a core collective of seven people
Antoine Beaudoin Gentes
and relies on a network of regular collaborators.