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PETITE ENVELOPPE URBAINE: An Exhibition of Exhibitions in Envelopes

August 3, 2022

Webster Library, Concordia University, July and August, 2022
Organized and curated by John Latour, Teaching & Research Librarian – Fine Arts Concordia University

The Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) is a symbiotic (parasitic) research group founded in 2000 by Felicity Tayler, Matt Killen and Hugues Charbonneau, and later joined by Douglas Scholes, Alexandra MacIntosh and Christian Carrière. Members of the CRUM collective, also known as “CRUMmies” explore links between art and urban space through their diverse and creative collaborations with artists, artist-run centres and other organizations at local, national and international levels; and through the 20+ year production of their remarkable Petite enveloppe urbaine (PEU) series.

Although the CRUM has produced gallery exhibitions, each work in the PEU series is a de facto temporary exhibition. “Since 1998, the Petite enveloppe urbaine has gathered urbanities of various disciplines around topics concerning their ways of life and their imaginary worlds. The small publication infiltrates different networks in various countries taking the form of paper envelopes containing uncommon projects”[1] – in the tradition of assemblage magazines and portable exhibitions.

This exhibition of exhibitions in envelopes presents a selection of the twenty-three issues of the Petite enveloppe urbaine that have been published since the series’ launch in 1998 – first under the supervision of Charbonneau and guest coordinators, and then by the CRUM itself with occasional guest collaborators as of no. 11 (2004). Covering a wide range of topics linked to art and the built environment, works in the exhibition also highlight the imaginative, poetic and playful nature of the CRUM and their collaborators.

The Webster Library thanks the members of the CRUM for their involvement in this exhibition and for the loan of CRUM-related materials. Concordia Library is also grateful to Artexte for the loan of several issues of the PEU to supplement those held by our own Special Collections.

If you already knew about us, you are part of a special group.— CRUM

What have I got myself into? — J.L.

Epistemic: of or relating to knowledge or to the degree of its validation (OED).

March 30, 2011

CRUM offers doctoral seminar on the epistemology of science. Students respond favourably to epistemic things. Lesson plan developed in collaboration with Byzantine iconographer, Adrian Gorea.

Recommended reading

Rheinberger, Hans Jörg. On Historicizing Epistemology : An Essay. Tran. David Fernbach. Stanford :
Stanford University, 2010.

Rheinberger, Hans Jörg. Towards a History of Epistemic Things: Protein Synthesis in the Test Tube. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997

Photo courtesy of Florencia Marchetti, thanks to Chris Salter for the framework.

Parlez au machines / Talking to machines

February 13, 2011

Parlez aux machines
Interactivité: Outils et Approches

Workshop MaxMSP/Jitter

Talking to Machines
Interactivity: Tools and aproaches

en collaboration with Philippe Hughes

Horaire / Schedule :
samedi / Saturday  5 march & dimanche / Sunday  6 march et
samedi / Saturday 12 march &  dimanche l/ Sunday 3 march, 2011
Heures / Times :
12h00 – 16h00 chaque jours / each day  total = 16 hrs.
Localisation :
CRUM House 83 rue, Ste-Marguerite, St-Henri, H4C 2W5

Inscription / Registration:
Avant mercredi le 2 mars 2011
Before Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Please submit your registration request to
S.v.p. remettre vos demandes d’inscription à
Philippe Hughes:
Téléphone @ 514 274 1390.

# participants : 8 personnes

Cost / Coûts – 125$/person

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of object-oriented programming languages of MaxMSP/Jitter.  It has been specifically designed for artists and musicians wanting to learn how to use computers for interactive projects or physical computing to build their own instruments. Each workshop session will provide an opportunity for participants to get hands-on practice through succinct interactive projects.

Cet atelier couvrira des notions de base du langage objet visuel MaxMSP/Jitter.  Il est spécialement conçu pour les artistes qui veulent apprendre à produire des projets interactifs à l’aide d’un ordinateur. Il s’adresse également aux musiciens qui souhaitent fabriquer leurs propres instruments avec le « physical computing ». Les participants auront la chance de mettre en pratique leurs nouvelles connaissances en réalisant des minis projets interactifs dans le cadre de chacune des séances de la formation.

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Smoke Signals

October 24, 2010

CRUM asks, “What sort of plumes does LEGO set free?”

Toronto Urban Film Festival Closing Party

September 19, 2010

Drake Hotel, Toronto, Ontario.
September 19, 2010

Overlord of Entropy and Master of Maintenance in attendance.

Urban Ideas and Politics

September 10, 2010

photo : Sharon Switzer – TUFF

From: Sharon Switzer
Date: August 5, 2010 2:46:25 PM EDT (CA)
Subject: Congratulations on your submission to TUFF!
Reply-To: Sharon Switzer

Dear Crum,

I am very pleased to inform you that your film ‘Crumbruler’ was selected to be part of the Toronto Urban Film Festival, running from September 10-19, 2010. It was chosen by Min Sook Lee for the ‘Urban Ideas and Politics‘ program, and will screen as part of a 10-film program (one film every ten minutes) on September 13th.

80 films were selected this year, out of a total of 355 submissions from 25 countries. Each film submitted was reviewed by one of our seven guest jurors / programmers. TUFF is seen by an audience of over 1.3 million daily commuters on the subway platforms of Toronto’s transit system. Your film will cycle throughout the day with the other chosen films in your category.  Again this year, TUFF is pleased to announce that Film Zones will air TUFF content non-stop during the entire 10 days of the festival, on screens in select downtown stations. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporate Social Responsibility Report

May 30, 2010

4 min. 33 sec.

Rapport annuel : performance et projection

May 24, 2010

Conjurer le non-actuel pour confirmer
notre présence fragile
au temps et à l’espace
Conjuring the not-now to confirm
our fragile presence
in time and space

dimanche le 30 mai, 2010 à 14h

262, Fairmount O.
Montréal (Qc)

Le Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) vous invite à un événement spécial qui conclura l’année de services rendus à articule tout au long de sa programmation 2009-2010.

Documentaliste en résidence, le CRUM a travaillé à partir des archives d’articule pour produire une série d’interventions artistiques explorant les vérités et les fictions anecdotiques des trente ans d’histoire du centre.

Proposé par le Service de consultation en information (SCI), un rapport annuel final sera présenté sous les formes d’une discussion portant sur le témoignage des archives et la projection d’un court film.

The Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) invites you to a special event that concludes their year-long service to articule throughout the 2009-2010 programming year. As Documentalist in Residence, the CRUM has worked with articule’s archives to produce a series of artistic interventions exploring anecdotal truths and fictions in the centre’s 30-year history.

As part of the CRUM’s Information Consultation Services (ICS), a concluding Annual Report will be delivered in the form of a discussion around archival evidence and the screening of a short film.

En préparation à l’événement, veuillez consulter les deux documents suivants // Please consult the following two preparatory readings:
Entrevue avec / Interview with Noam Chomsky (articule’s Discussions, vol. 7 no. 2, 1988, p. 4-9).
Anthony Hubermann, Naïve Set Theory, 2007 (


April 16, 2010

Begin forwarded message:

From: articule <>
Date: May 12, 2010 2:02:03 PM EDT (CA)
To: Recipient List Suppressed:;

Begin forwarded message:

From: Liz Magor
Date: April 14, 2010 9:53:34 PM EDT (CA)
To: CRUM <>

Dear CRUM – I have absolutely no recollection of doing this talk, although I believe that it may have taken place.
Please keep me informed of the proceedings on this 25th anniversary of the event. The address for receipt of my name tag is :
Vancouver, BC XAX AXA.

Thank you
Liz Magor Liz Magor

On 4/14/10 2:32 PM, “CRUM” <> wrote:

Dear Ms. Magor,

We wish to inform you that the Center de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) has appropriated information related to you that was recently found in the archives of the Montreal artist-run center articule. The piece of found information is a vintage mail-out bulletin that announces your artist talk at articule on Friday, April 16th (circa 1985). Please see the attached jpg image.

The CRUM has mailed out a copy of this archival artist talk announcement to the gallery’s current mailing list.

The members of the CRUM will be on location at 1012 rue de la Montagne (articule’s original address) to greet all those interested in hearing your talk on Friday, April 16, 2010.

The CRUM will be wearing blue name tags identifying each of the five members as, respectively, LIZ MAGOR, LIZ MAGOR, LIZ MAGOR, LIZ MAGOR, LIZ MAGOR and LIZ MAGOR.

As a small token of the CRUM’s appreciation for you and your work, we will also send you a name tag in the mail. We hope you enjoy it.

Please also find attached a Semi-Annual Report on the activities of the CRUM’s project to date.

CRUM is currently working on a project that offers its services as Documentalist in Residence to articule throughout the 2009-2010 programming year. This year-long commitment of service to the center, its membership and its larger public is part of the 30th anniversary of articule. As Documentalist in Residence, the CRUM has been working with articule’s archives to produce a series of artistic interventions exploring anecdotal truths and fictions in the centre’s 30-year history, and the broader context of artist-run culture in Canada. For more information on CRUM, please visit our web site at

Please fell free to contact us with any questions or comments you may have.

Best regards,

Chris Carrière
Matt Killen
Alexandra McIntosh
Douglas Scholes
Felicity Tayler

Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal
83, rue Ste-Marguerite
Montréal, QC
H4C 2W5

Semi-Annual Report

March 24, 2010

The CRUM issues a Semi-Annual Report as part of Conjuring the not-now to confirm our fragile presence in time & space. CRUM offers its services as Documentalist in Residence to articule throughout the 2009-2010 programming year. This year-long commitment of service is part of the 30th anniversary of articule, one of the oldest artist-run centres in Montréal. As Documentalist in Residence, the CRUM has been working with articule’s archives to produce a series of artistic interventions exploring anecdotal truths and fictions in the centre’s 30-year history, and the broader context of artist-run culture in Canada. A description of the project and interventions to date is outlined in a Semi-Annual Report that can be viewed here as a PDF: Semi-Annual Report

Photograph courtesy of articule, 2009.

articule’s 0.01% Public Art Program: Innauguration

December 11, 2009

Inauguration : 0,01% articule
CRUM : Documentalistes en résidence 2009-2010
Vendredi le 27 novembre 2009, 19h

Le CRUM a organisé une cérémonie de coupe du ruban inaugurant le 0,01% d’articule, une série d’interventions permanentes in situ se développant, au cours de l’année, dans et autour de la galerie. Créé à partir de la politique de Réponse aux concepts artistiques (RCA) développée par le CRUM, le programme d’art public 0,01% célèbre et souligne les 30 ans de participation d’articule à l’environnement culturel montréalais.

Inauguration Event: articule’s 0.01%
CRUM: Documentalist in Residence 2009-2010
Friday November 27, 2009 at 7pm

The CRUM held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate articule’s 0.01%, a series of site-specific permanent interventions, evolving in and around the gallery, throughout the year.  Created through the CRUM’s Response to Artistic Concepts (RAC) policy, the 0.01% public art program celebrates and affirms articule’s 30-year integration with Montreal’s cultural environment.

Conjuring the not-now to confirm our fragile presence in time and space

September 10, 2009

Conjurer le non-actuel pour confirmer notre présence fragile au temps et à l’espace

CRUM is the Documentaliste in Residence at articule, Montreal, QC
September 2009 to June 2010


0.01% public artwork – Bathtub with sconce light and shelf
accomplished in collaboration with Steve Topping

Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) is offering its services as Documentalist in Residence at articule during the entire programming season 2009-2010. Our specialized expertise will facilitate the realization of articule’s programming objectives in line with its 30th anniversary. As a non-profit organization that operates through symbiotic (parasitic) infiltration, the CRUM enhances communication tools through decentralized services, rendered on-site and at a distance for maximum convenience. Our tactical operations include CRUM Information Consultation Services (ICS), featuring editorial direction and intervention (with extensive use of Red Pen), in-depth exploration of articule’s Archives, and dissemination of semi-factual Truths; CRUM Organizational Facilitation (OF), universal maintenance activities and corporate retreat facilitation for cultural workers (based on The CRUM Method™); and CRUM Response to Artistic Concepts (RAC), including, but not limited to, subjective interpretation, automatic composition, and exploratory research into combustible materials. With an exclusive synthesis of contemporary communication networks and superseded technology, CRUM brings your message to the world with clarity and alacrity. Help us help you capitalize on your objectives.

All deliverables subject to CRUM Approval.
Licensing available upon request.


En résidence chez articule, Le Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM) offrira ses services de documentaliste pendant toute la programmation 2009-2010. Organisation à but non lucratif opérant par infiltration symbiotique (parasite), le CRUM améliore vos outils de communication en offrant des services décentralisés, en ligne et à distance, pour un maximum de commodité. Notre expertise spécialisée facilitera la réalisation des objectifs de programmation d’articule en conjonction avec son 30e anniversaire. Nos opérations tactiques comprennent les Services de consultation en information CRUM (SCI) qui proposent une direction et des interventions en rédaction (avec utilisation massive du stylo rouge), l’exploration en profondeur des archives d’articule et la dissémination de vérités à demi factuelles; la Facilitation organisationnelle CRUM (FO), activité d’entretien universel et lieu de retraite pour travailleurs culturels (basé sur la Méthode CRUM™); et la Réponse aux concepts artistiques CRUM (RCA) incluant, sans s’y restreindre, l’interprétation subjective, la composition automatique et la recherche préliminaire en matériaux combustibles. Par une synthèse exclusive des réseaux actuels de communication et des technologies désuètes, CRUM livre votre message au monde avec clarté et rapidité. Aidez-nous à vous aider à capitaliser sur vos objectifs.

Toutes les livraisons sont sujettes à l’Approbation de CRUM.
Licences disponibles sur demande.


March 28, 2009

Imminent Problem in Technology

With thanks to Tom Sherman and the Ottawa Art Gallery.

More information from Artengine here.

Public domain.

Musée de dactylographes // Typewriter Museum

March 14, 2009

Le CRUM fait visite au Musée de dactylographes
de Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue.
A CRUM field trip to the Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Typewriter Museum.

Underwood Typewriter 1938
Underwood Typewriter 1938

In preparation for the CRUMIFESTO performance at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, the members of CRUM determined the weight of an Underwood typewriter in Jerusalem artichokes. CRUM thanks E. Board for both the Underwood and the Jerusalem artichokes.

IAD (Improvised Artistic Device)

October 25, 2008

Improvised Artistic Device

Urban research in a non-urban setting or blowing shit up!


Performed in collaboration with Chris Ricketts
and Julia Chan for the
White Noise Cabaret
You even called me friend
13th Symposium of Art,
Sackville, NB
Owens Art Gallery
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre


Despite New Brunswick’s reputation as a “drive-through” province, time and space converged this fall in Sackville to unleash the creative imagination. Thanks to the encouragement of supportive staff and members at the Owens Art Gallery and Struts Gallery & Faucet media Arts Centre, a curious group of artists from across Canada and through the porous border of the USA came together amidst an environment of controlled anarchy.

The experience was unmediated creative exploration and exchange as ample opportunities were offered to the artists and the local community to interact in official and less formal circumstances. The week presented diverse modes of artistic enquiry and included radio broadcasts, discussions open to the public, lectures and studio visits at the university, as well as spontaneous encounters over drinks at Duckys (the only bar in town). Artists Pam Hall and Margaret Dragu, Ed Pien, Tom Sherman, jake moore, Valérie D Walker, Mario Doucette, Jennifer Bélanger (and myself) fused with the local community of artists and creatively-minded people.

The Symposium is intentionally unthematic (signaled by the use of successive Anne Murray lyrics for each year’s title); however, it seemed the glue that held us together were questions regarding the centre and the periphery… or perhaps those things that get forgotten somewhere through time and space. The following is a summary of the weeks’ events for the benefit of those of you who were unable to join us. It is an attempt to share some of the unfettered synergy of that week in a small place on the periphery. Read the rest of this entry »

Julie Favreau & Caroline Dubois : Soirée de performance

May 30, 2008

Julie Favreau et Caroline Dubois
30 May 2008
Présentée par le Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM)

Doug Scholes à invité deux artistes Caroline Dubois et Julie Favreau à investir son atelier (aka le “CRUM clubhouse”) et à travailler avec son contenu comme point de départ d’un projet de création. Dans ce lieu insolite, elles confronteront le corps à l’espace de l’atelier et présenteront une série de tableaux vivant crées sur place.

Doug Scholes has invited Caroline Dubois and Julie Favreau to work with his studio (aka the “CRUM clubhouse”) and its contents as fodder for their creativity. In this unusual space they will perform live a series of tableaux vivants which juxtapose the body to the studio space. Read the rest of this entry »

dream listener : an audiobook in three movements

October 19, 2007

dream listener cd

19 octobre 2007 (en honneur de la Centre St-James )

18h à 23h
à Dare-Dare Centre de diffusion d’art multidiciplinaire de Montréal.
All proceeds from the launch will go to the Saint James Drop-In Centre. Les profits de la vente au vernissage seront versés au Centre de jour St-James.

DARE-DARE est situé
dans un parc sans nom / in a park with no name
entre Saint-Laurent et Clark,
entre Arcade et Rosemont/Van Horne
métro Rosemont ou bus 55 (sortez à Bernard).

Steve Faguy, The Montreal Gazette, Saturday 13 October (2007), B2.

“Street dreamscape,” Christine Redfern, Montreal Mirror, Vol. 23 no 18 (2007), Arts section.

dream listener: an audiobook in three movements is the compelling story of dream listener, a public art project by artist Karen Spencer in collaboration with the Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM), Homeless Nation, and the St-James Drop-In Centre. …

dream listener, le livre audio en trois parties est l’histoire fascinante de porteur de rêves, un projet d’art public signé Karen Spencer en collaboration avec le Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal (CRUM), Homeless Nation et le Centre de jour St-James…

Photos from the launch (courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare, and featuring the mobile sculptures of Alexandre David)

Launch1 - Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare Launch2 - Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare Launch3 - Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare Launch4 - Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare Launch5 - Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare Launch8 - Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare Launch7 - Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Caissie and Dare-Dare Read the rest of this entry »

dream listener : Festival Voix d’Amériques

February 5, 2007

Nous sommes tous des beaux rêveurs
We are all beautiful dreamers

Karen elaine spencer a présenté une performance/lecture de rêves au Festival Voix d’Amériques, le 5 février 2007 entre 17h-19h à la Casa del Popolo dans le cadre de la serie Text-Perplexed animée par Victoria Stanton.

Dream Listener - Festival Voix d’Amériques

As part of a segment of the spoken word Festival de Voix d’Amériques, dream listener recounted a narrative of her experiences. Perched on a tall stool in front of a microphone, she seemed tentative at first and alternated throughout between telling a story and reading dreams.

She stated early on, “these are not my stories, but they are my stories to tell.”

So much of what dream listener is about is the notion of “authorship” synonymous with ownership in our knowledge economy, where intellectual property becomes a hotly contested legal matter. In our economic structure, dreams are something from nothing. They are a common, shared creative experience with little value because it does not take great skill to do it. Dream listener also points out that in our economic structure sleeping is considered a waste of time, hence the expression, “sleeping on the job” or sleeping “too much.” Dreams are undervalued precisely because they come from this useless activity, and they in themselves cannot be bought or sold. Despite their pervasiveness dreams remain mysterious and with out convincing explanation – why do we dream?

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dream listener : radio interview

January 18, 2007

Dream listener (aka karen elaine spencer) gave an interview with CBC radio to be aired on Saturday, January 20th between five and six on 88.5 fm.


“it was mostly the dream holding aspect of the project we talked about as the other part is slower to come together… it is so difficult to talk intelligently about homelessness and dreams.

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karen elaine spencer : rêve dans mon oreille

October 5, 2006

Du 1er au 27 octobre au Centre d’art actuel le Lobe de Chicoutimi au Saguenay qui accueil des artistes en résidence.
Communiqué de presse


“so far things have been moving rather slowly. i have not yet been able to work with the maison d’acceuil sans abri, but i continue to meet with sylvaine, the director…and maybe this wednesday i will get the chance to present my project to the residents so i can listen to their dreams. there are no homeless living in doorways, chicoutimi is a small town and it seems everyone has shelter of some sort. my project so far has been to condense into thirty words or less my own dreams and then to write the dream on carboard and circulate on racine street.

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karen elaine spencer : dream listener

August 14, 2006

dream as private property

My Dream
by Ogden Nash

This is my dream,
It is my own dream,
I dreamt it.
I dreamt that my hair was kempt.
Then I dreamt that my true love unkempt it.

homelessness and dreams
Dreams are invisible to others. a wholly private, personal world that the dreamer “owns”, as ogden nash writes—it is my own dream, I dreamt it. as such dreams are a personal resource that, in the terms of the market, are scarce. no dream is identical to your dream, your dream cannot be reproduced and only you can tell it. (choosing to not tell the dream can be as powerful as choosing to tell the dream.) your dream is yours, no-one can take your dream away from you, the dream is your very own private property with but one witness…you. here, you are the expert, the dream is yours.

This fact, of complete ownership, of complete privacy, means that the dreamer has something no-one else possesses. the dream is wholly bound within the dreamer…her intellectual property.

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Télétaxi : un projet d’art médiatique dans un taxi circulant à travers la ville

March 24, 2005

Teletaxi : a mobile interactive media art exhibition

Présenté par Year Zero One, à Montréal, du 21 mars au 21 juin 2005. Dans le cadre de la programmation DIS/LOCATION: projet d’articulation urbaine de DARE-DARE Centre de diffusion d’art multidisciplinaire de Montréal.

Presented by Year Zero One, in Montreal, from March 21 to June, 2005. As part of the DIS/LOCATION: projet d’articulation urbaine programming of DARE-DARE Centre de diffusion d’art multidisciplinaire de Montréal.


March 1, 2004

CARTE BLANCHE est un project autonome crée et dirigé par Hugues Charbonneau et L’Association des galeries d’art contemporain (AGAC).

CARTE BLANCHE est un périodique trimestriel qui est distribué gratuitement à Montréal, à New York ainsi qu’à Toronto dès mars 2004.

Le mandat de CARTE BLANCHE est d’offrir aux artistes l’accès aux nombreux avantages de l’édition à grand déploiement, tout en conservant le contrôle sur la représentation de leurs productions. Nous travaillons également à favoriser l’expansion du réseau d’échange entre les communautés artistiques montréalaise, new-yorkaise et torontoise.

Isabelle Hayeur : Destinations

January 30, 2004

Édition d’artiste

Destinations : Avec une conversation entre / with a conversation between Hugues Charbonneau, Isabelle Hayeur et/and Patrice Loubier. Montreal : Centre de recherche urbaine de Montréal, 2004. 35 p. ill.

ISBN 2-9808422-0-6