Marie LeBlanc Flanagan is an artist working in the playful spaces between people, especially related to connection and community. Marie has spoken, shared work, and taught workshops in South America, North America, Africa, and Europe. Marie has completed artist residencies at the NYU Game Center, at Technoculture, Art and Games, with SoftieFeelies, and at LiveLab.
Marie co-founded the Imaginary Residency, an artist-run online residency. Marie founded Wyrd Arts Initiatives, a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to encouraging, documenting, and connecting creative expression across Canada. Marie also served as the Editor in Chief of Weird Canada and founded Drone Day, an international day for the celebration of experimental drone music and communities.
Marie is on the board of Inter Arts Matrix, as well as the Eastern Bloc artistic programming committee, and has served as a Polaris Prize Juror. Marie co-organized GAIA, a 9-session online conference for 150+ game curators around the world. Marie has done consulting work with a number of artists and arts organizations including A MAZE. Berlin International Games and Playful Media Festival, The School of Machines, Making, and Make-Believe, Ada X, Genielab, Daily Tous Les Jours, and Long Winter.
Exploring the spaces between us - online
New York City
Artist in Residence at the NYU Game Center
Built a one-month city-wide play experience for CAFKA.
Artist in residence at Technoculture, Art and Games
6 months learning the fundamentals of French
Researched decentralized communities for an installation
Co-organized a Game Jam at Dynamicland.
Spoke and showed my work at festivals and events in England, Germany, USA, Canada, Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Scotland, South Africa, and Ukraine.
Designed and created 9 experimental games, installations, and play experiences.
Work with the School of Machines, Making, and Make-Believe
Experience design with A MAZE. Berlin
Editor at SoundCloud, helping document and share technical work.
Worked on a city-funded arts and culture web portal
Founded Drone Day, an annual national day for the celebration of drone music and communities
Incorporated Wyrd Arts Initiatives, a national nonprofit for encouraging, documenting, and connecting creative expression across Canada
“Best music website in Canada” from CBC 3 for weirdcanada.com
Managed a community arts space, overseeing 150+ lectures, festivals, screenings, and events.
Worked with CBC Edmonton and CBC North
Ran a social enterprise, creating alternative educational programs
Honours degree in Global Studies: Communities and Identities from Trent University
Spent my childhood reading every book I could find, climbing trees, and asking inappropriate questions. I tried to start a revolution in my elementary school.