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Frances Adair Mckenzie

Tiohtià:ke/Montréal QC


Frances Adair Mckenzie is a sculptor and animator based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She holds a BFA from Concordia University. Adair’s research into sculpture, digital materiality and its conceptual realms is expanded through rigorous studio practice and constant exploration of new technology and tools. How technology sees and influences the way we see is central to her thinking and practice.  Experiments with stop-motion, 3D animation, virtual reality and stereoscopy leak out into her sculptural work. This digital foraging leads to questions regarding the stability of identity, production and consumption of desire and the surface tension between digital interfaces and architectural space.

Frances' video work has been widely exhibited internationally, most notably at the Somerset House London, UK, The MAXXI museum in Rome, IT and TOKAS residency in Tokyo. Frances has had solo exhibitions at the Fonderie Darling and Centre Clark in Montreal and at Towards Gallery in Toronto. Two animations and a stop-motion virtual reality piece have been produced by the National Film Board. Her VR piece was nominated for a Prix Gémeaux  in Quebec and won a Canadian screen award for best immersive fiction.

Frances Adair Mckenzie would like to thank the Canada Arts Council and the The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for their generous support.



2024-2026                MFA Virginia Commonwealth University 

2010-2011                Diploma British Columbia Institute of Technology 

2005-2009                BFA Concordia University 




2023       Recipient 2023 Canadian Screen Award Best Immersive Experience Fiction

2022       Nominé au 37e Prix Gémeaux expérience interactive 

2022       SAT Fest innovation prize



Solo Exhibition The Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Montréal QC 

Group Exhibition Nicolas Robert, Montréal QC 


Solo Exhibition Towards Gallery, Montréal QC 


Solo Exhibition Private Life Darling Foundry, Montréal QC 

Solo Exhibition L'Écart, Abitibi-Témiscamingue QC 


Video Installation (Satosphère) Sociète des Arts Technologique, Montréal QC 2022       

Video Installation Biosphere, Montréal QC 

Video Installation ARTLAB, Buenos Aires AR 

Group Exhibition Banquette  Afternoon Projects Vancouver BC 


Group AR Exhibition  BEDfellows  Momenta Photo Biennale, Montréal QC 

Group Exhibition Howe Are You Island? Sight & Sound Fest, Montréal QC 

Video Installation  BEDfellows  Museo MAXXI, Rome IT 

Group Exhibition Space Portrait II Mutek ES, Buenos Aires AR 

Video Installation Liquid Mirrors Place des Arts, Montréal QC 

Group Exhibition Par la forêt  Stewart Hall Art Gallery, Montréal QC 

Group Exhibition Tout se confond  Darling Foundry Montréal QC 


Group Exhibition Somerset Studio, London UK

Group Exhibition Festival Internacional Inmersiva 3, Centro Cultura Digital, Mexico City MX

Group Exhibition Abuja Art Week, Abuja NG

Group Exhibition Distant Arcades Mutek, Montreal QC                        

Video Installation Liquid Mirrors Place des Arts, Montreal QC 

Solo Exhibition Day of Y Crutch Contemporary Art Center, Toronto ON
Group Exhibition Future (Im)perfect OBORO, Montréal QC
Group Exhibition Latent See Anteism Bookart Space, Montréal QC
Duo Exhibition Busy Bodies Parisian Laundry, Montréal QC
Group Exhibition Par la forêt Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides
Duo Exhibition Near Channels Support, London ON
Solo Exhibition Les pas perdus Le Lobe Chicoutimi QC
Group Exhibition 'When things become thoughts: a sinkhole in my
terraformed mind’
Vie D’ange/MAW New York NY
Solo Exhibition Being Made While You Wait Centre Clark, Montréal QC
Group Exhibition Transmundane Dunlop Art Gallery Regina SK
Group Exhibition LUX Daziboa London UK
Solo Residency/Exhibition An Orchid Shaped Hole Connexion ARC, Fredrichton, NB
Solo Exhibition Glossed Over 50/50 ARC Victoria BC
Duo Exhibition In the Name of the Glove Bethlehem XXX Pop Montreal, Montréal QC
Group Exhibition Les Contemporaines Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal QC
Duo Exhibition Party Like its 1699 Satosphere Société Des Arts Technologiques(SAT) Montréal QC
Group Exhibition Art and Tech Rook and Raven London UK
Group Exhibition Rematerialised NMSU Gallery New Mexico US




BANFF Center for the Arts Banff AB

L'Écart, Rouyn-Noranda QC


Tokyo Art and Space Residency CALQ Tokyo JP

Mutek ARTlab Residency Buenos Aires AR

Studio Residency Darling Foundry Montréal Q


Somerset Studio Residency London UK
Production Residency Nation Film Board of Canada Montréal Q
Production Residency Nation Film Board of Canada Montréal Q
Artist Residency Artsiceland/Ouvert Art Space Ísafjörður IS
Artist Residency Co{labo}rations Workspacebrussels Brussels BE
Artist Residency Metamorphose Studio 303 Montréal
Artist Residency Clark Street Video Toronto ON
Animator Residency Hothouse Nation Film Board of Canada Montréal QC
Artist Residency Satosphere (SAT) Montréal QC
Artist Residency Les Ateliers Arsenal Contemporary Montréal QC
Artist Residency In Vivo Videographe Montréal QC




Director A Private Conversation Video Essay

Private Life exhibition, Fonderie Darling, Montréal QC


Director BEDfellows  Museo MAXXI, Rome IT

Co-director Liquid Mirrors Place des Arts, Montréal QC


Director Space Portrait II Commission Inmerssiva

Co-director Howe Are You Island? Digital Initiatives Canada Arts Council CBC 
Director The Orchid and the Bee (NFB) Stop-Motion Stereoscopic VR Montréal QC


Director Space Portrait OBORO Stop Motion Stereoscopic Virtual Reality Montréal QC
Animator Mooniyang Director Caroline Monnet Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montréal QC
Animator Jongué by Director Carlos Ferrand Montréal QC
Director/Animator Trading Hooks for Hands Parisian Laundry Montréal QC
Password: Winston
Director/Animator Punk Shadows (Indie) Blood and Glass Music Video Montréal QC
Director/Animator Fry Guy (Independent) Parisian Laundry Montréal QC
Password: FRYGUY
Animation 13, a ludodrama about Walter Benjamin Documentary Director Carlos Ferrand Montréal QC
Animator All We Need Naked Island Series National Film Board of Canada Montréal QC
Director A Little Craving National Film Board of Canada Montréal QC
Co-Director Party Like it’s 1699 Satosphere; Immersive Spectacle SAT Montréal QC
Animation Land in Sight UQAM Projection Director Caroline Monnet Montréal QC
Director A Love Poem to Unnecessary Objects Videographe Montréal QC



Howe Are you Island? LabDoc UQAM, Montreal QC 

PLIFE performance/essay, Darling Foundry, Montréal QC

The Orchid and the Bee Sat fest, Taiwan, ROC


Howe Are you Island? 35ème édition du Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille FR 

Howe Are you Island? Athens Digital Arts Festival, (ADAF)Athens GR 

Howe Are you Island? Simultan Fesitval XVII, Timiśoara RO

Howe Are you Island? Les Percéides: 7e Grande recontre des arts médiatiques, Gaspésie QC

Howe Are you Island? Mutek Distant Arcades II, Montréal QC

Howe Are you Island? Noviembre Electronico, Buenos Aires AR

Howe Are You Island? Printemps numérique MTL Connect, Montreal QC

Howe Are you Island? Somerset House Studios London UK

Howe Are you Island? Antimatter Media Art Festival, Victoria BC

The Orchid and the Bee Video Miami Science Museum, Miami FL

The Orchid and the Bee Video Installation Biosphere, Montréal QC  

The Orchid and the Bee Sociète des Arts Technologique, Montréal QC 

The Orchid and the Bee Bucheon Int. Animation Festival, Bucheon KR 


The Orchid and the Bee SIGGRAPH Asia, Daegu KR

The Orchid and the Bee Spark Animation Festival, Vancouver BC

The Orchid and the Bee Geneva Int. Animation Festival, Geneva CH 

The Orchid and the Bee Ottawa Int. Animation Festival, Ottawa CA 

The Orchid and the Bee L.E.V. Festival, Gijón ES 

The Orchid and the Bee Fantoche Animation Festival, Baden CH 

The Orchid and the Bee Annecy Animation Festival, Brussels BE

The Orchid and the Bee Mutek Distant Arcades, Montreal QC 

Trading Hooks for Hands Cordova DOVETAIL II, Barcelona SP
The Orchid and the Bee View Conference, Turin IT
Space Portrait OBORO, Montréal QC
Trading Hooks for Hands Parisian Laundry Montréal QC
FryGuy Le Lobe Chicoutimi QC
A Love Poem FemmoSphere Schwules Museum Berlin DE
A Love poem Queer Aging Spectrum Berlin DE
A Love Poem LUX/Daziboa London UK
Live Video Electric Circuits Kingston Ontario
Video Installation Working Title Festival Workspace Brussels BE
Fry guy Parisian Laundry Montréal QC
Live Video Pride Festival Toronto ON
Live Video Pop Montreal Montréal QC
A Little Craving Canadian Showcase Ottawa International Animation Fest
Live Video Pride Festival Toronto ON
Live Video Société Des Arts Technologiques Montréal QC
Quartier 20.14 Video Installation HTMlles Festival Studio XX Montréal QC
Wreath Video Installation Chromatic Festival Montréal QC
Forgotten Detritus Video Installation New Media Festival Vancouver BC
Teen Sleuth Video Installation Festival Phenomenon Montréal QC 2011
Forgotten History of Residential Schools Live Video W2 Vancouver BC
Teen Sleuth Video Installation The Music Gallery Toronto ON
Teen Sleuth Video Installation HTMlles Festival Studio XX Montréal QC 2011
Teen Sleuth Video Installation Fringe festival Montréal QC

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