“Salon: Data Series” with Patryk Stasieczek, at Eastern Bloc, Montreal, 2011. Photo: Emily Gan
Eastern Bloc is an exhibition and arts production center dedicated to new media and interdisciplinary art. The vision at Eastern Bloc is to explore and push the creative boundaries in digital and electronic arts, audio and video installation, multimedia performance, and other emerging practices.
The organization’s mandate is to support the work of emerging artists by providing them with an exchange platform with more established artists. This allows young artists to gain access to a larger body of spectators, and to a network of established art organizations and professionals in the milieu.
Founded by Eliane Ellbogen and Sandor Poloskei, the organization’s artistic and technical directors, Eastern Bloc fills a void in the professional art environment in Montreal, as there are currently no other artist-run centers or art spaces that cater specifically to young artists, or postgraduates in the first five years of their professional career, working in new media and related disciplines.