Étienne Paquette

Étienne Paquette is a designer, screenwriter, director and artistic director of multimedia installations and museum exhibitions. He has increasingly taken a transdisciplinary approach to his work, experimenting with narrative to create different ways for audiences to take part in stories, guided by the principle that every creation has its own space, materials, technologies, concerns and experiential qualities.

Over the last few years, he has worked independently with several organizations, including the NFB, the McCord Stewart Museum, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Space for Life and the Quartier des spectacles. He is one of the creators of Mégaphone (Moment Factory/NFB and QDS, Montreal, 2013; Grand Prix Boomerang in the Interactive Environment category and finalist in the Interaction Awards in Amsterdam), Bearers of Light (Montreal Insectarium, 2015) and Tektonik (XYZ Cultural Technology, Percé, 2016; Numix award in the Museum Production category). His work has been mentioned in international magazines and has been the subject of articles in science journals published by the MIT Press. Étienne has a Ph.D. in Communications from UQAM.

Theme 12 – Worldwide Collaboration + Global Goals
Friday, December 8, from 9 pm to 2 am
Grande Bibliothèque


On December 8th, POSSIBLES will be taking over the interior and exterior spaces of the Grande Bibliothèque in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles! Throughout the evening, relive the first 11 events and participate in the inauguration of an immersive installation in which visitors can embark on an astounding journey through the fantasy and memory of the library.

This grand celebration will also be the occasion to unveil the POSSIBLES Manifesto, a collection of shared reflections cultivated throughout a year of productions, presented as part of Montreal’s 375th celebrations.

Stage Director: Philippe Cyr
12th POSSIBLES creator: Étienne Paquette
Manifesto creators: Emmanuelle Walter, Joël Morin Ben Abdallah and Akufen

Creative Partners – Public Interactive Art

Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
The Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is a non-profit organization responsible for operating and programming the Quartier’s lively public spaces, for illuminating the area through distinctive lighting design as well as for promoting this must-visit cultural destination. It is a member of several international networks, including the Connecting Cities Network and Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI), as well as the Global Cultural Districts Network. The Partnership is supported by the Ville de Montréal and the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine.


National Film Board of Canada
The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, and groundbreaking interactive stories, installations and participatory experiences. NFB producers are deeply embedded in communities across the country, working with talented artists and creators in production studios from St. John’s to Vancouver, on projects that stand out for their excellence in storytelling, their innovation, and their social resonance. NFB productions have won over 5,000 awards, including 15 Canadian Screen Awards, 17 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies.


Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
As the largest cultural institution in Québec in terms of its attendance and diversified missions, and an essential pillar of the knowledge society, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) has the mandate to offer democratic access to culture and knowledge. To this end, it collects, preserves and promotes Québec’s and Québec-related heritage materials, and also provides the services of a major public library. BAnQ carries out its activities in 12 facilities which are open to the public: the Grande Bibliothèque, BAnQ Vieux-Montréal and BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie in Montréal; BAnQ Gaspé, BAnQ Gatineau, BAnQ Québec, BAnQ Rimouski, BAnQ Rouyn-Noranda, BAnQ Saguenay, BAnQ Sept-Îles, BAnQ Sherbrooke and BAnQ Trois-Rivières. In January 2016, BAnQ was tasked by the Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications and the City of Montréal with reinventing the Saint-Sulpice Library, located in Montréal.