|Department:||Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism|
Trained as an architect and documentary filmmaker, Eric Archambault explores our changing relationship with our built environment. Cities are becoming increasingly screen-like, without meaningful connection to places or communities. Starting from lens-based recordings of urban environments, he creates documentary essays that examine how the forces that shape the city can erode the identity of places, and how people’s sense of connection to place is being lost. Eric completed his M. Arch. degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art just outside Detroit, Michigan, and studied documentary filmmaking at Algonquin College. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism in Ottawa, and has lectured on film as biography of place for the Imag[e]ining the City – The City in Literature, Film, Photography and Art course at the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University. His project “Fields of LeBreton”, a multi-part documentary series profiling people with a unique relationship to the vanished community of LeBreton Flats, was screened at Resolutions 2013, the annual showcase of new works by members of the SAW Video Media Centre at Arts Court. The project was also showcased on CBC’s Radio One Morning Show with Robyn Bresnahan. A more experimental documentary, Autopia, a contemplative farewell and elegy to the automobile’s dominant role in shaping the Gréber Plan’s vision for Ottawa, was featured in Cultural Engineering, a joint Canada Council for the Arts/Ontario Arts Council/City of Ottawa video art project in which local media artists were commissioned to document and respond critically and artistically to the Arts Court Redevelopment Project as it unfolded from 2015 – 2017, engaging the community in an open public dialogue and exchange of ideas. He is currently focusing his research on the practice of live cinema, and its potential to engage digital placemaking through strategies of geospatial memories, the remediation of neglected urban space, and the city as archive. This experimental body of video work has been projected at local venues including the Ottawa Art Gallery, SAW Video Media Art Centre, Daîmön centre d’art médiatique, and art spaces House of Common, General Assembly and Possible Worlds. Eric also served on the Board of Directors of artist-run media art centre SAW Video from 2013 to 2018, as Chair of the Programming Committee, as well as Chair of the Facilities Committee, providing guidance for the design and implementation of their new purpose-built video and audio editing spaces within the newly-expanded Arts Court.