Dominic Lafontaine

Artist in residency


This Autoresidency project is the follow-up to the autumn 2022 Call for Proposals.


For this residency, I would like to keep exploring the artificial intelligence creation engines I used during my last virtual fiction project: Tolédère aime ses enfants. I will continue my research into Design Fiction and the virtual mockumentary techniques, to then create a site-specific multimedia experience based on the AXENÉO7 digital footprint.

I will glean texts from the AXENÉO7 artist-run centre website and then activate  text and image generators to develop the identity of a fictitious artist-run centre. I am particularly interested in how the instances and iterations, which the AI-generating machines created during the 2-year residency, will evolve, transform, even redefine the identity and culture of the fictional centre (and perhaps even mirror the reality of AXENÉO7). A lot can change in two years; I want to document and explore all these developments.

— Dominic Lafontaine

Dominic Lafontaine is an Algonquin multimedia artist, poet and musician. His audacious, humourous and often absurd artworks explore the very notions of cultural identity, meaning and belonging. A graduate of Visual Arts at Ottawa University, he synthesizes his knowledge of traditional art forms with new media in order to redefine the visual language of contemporary native art. His motto: “Research, remix and repeat!”.