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Alain-Martin Richard

(Quebec, Quebec, Canada)

Alain-Martin Richard is a performer, artist, editor and critic who has been working in theatre, literature and performance since the late seventies. He was a member of the now defunct international group The Nomads, a collective that has shown work at events such as Documenta 8 (Kassel, Germany) and as part of the Olympic Games (Calgary, Canada, 1988). (1) Richard has organized several exhibitions within Quebec, has toured Europe, Japan and North America, and has co-authored many publications. Along with his partner, Martin Mainguy, he is a member of the collective Les causes perdues in©, a group dedicated to exploring the possibilities of contemporary poetry.

Richard began his career as an author, translator and essayist. He has published many critical essays on art and performance in the journals INTER (formerly Intervention ), La Tournée , Possibles , Alternatives and Propos d'art. From 1983 to 1990, he served as an active member of INTER's editorial board. In collaboration with Clive Robertson, he co-authored the book Performance in Canada 1970-1990 (2). In addition to writing many articles and symposium papers, he edited the book Territoires nomades, (3) which was published in 1995 and launched in Montreal.

Richard is also known for his performance art. His work has been presented at numerous venues around the world including Franklin Furnace, Konsthall de Malmö (Sweden), SAW Gallery (Ottawa, Canada) and the Western Front. In collaboration with les Éditions Intervention, he organized several performance-related events in Canada including Le Marathon d'écriture (1983), NeoSon(g) Cabaret (1984) and Immedia Concerto (1988)(4). In 1991, the Musée du Québec invited him to curate the event Au contraire, la performance, and in 1997 he curated the 3e Symposium en arts visuels de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue in Amos, Quebec. As a member of yet another collective, called Inter/Le Lieu, he toured several cities in Europe and Japan from 1984 to 1998.

Angela Plohman © 2000 FDL

(1) Members of this group included artists Jurgen O. Olbrich, Wolfgang Hainke, Niall Monro, Chuck Stake, Arno Arts, Vanci Stirnemann, Nelson Henricks et Grant D. Poier.

(2) Alain-Martin Richard, Clive Robertson, Armand Vaillancourt, et autres, Performance in Canada 1970-1990 (Québec : Les Éditions Intervention; Toronto : The Coach Press, 1991).

(3) Territoires nomades : une manœuvre de membres du collectif Inter/Le Lieu, Alain-Richard Martin, édit. (Québec : Éditions Intervention, 1995).

(4) Immedia Concerto : performances, installations, arts média (Québec : Éditions Intervention, 1989).