Melissa Mongiat holds a BA in Graphic Design from the Université du Québec à Montréal and an MA with distinction in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She continues to visit both institutions as lecturer or teacher.
While embracing opportunities that new media has to offer, Melissa’s approach focuses on participation and narratives. Her projects enable the public to live stories that are relevant to them and have an enduring effect.
She is best known for her work on a series of public interactive installations created for London’s Royal Festival Hall, which led to her selection by Wallpaper* magazine in 2007 as one of the world’s ten breakthrough designers. In Montréal, The Good Conspiracy, a multi-platform project she created while creative director at Amuse, was presented at the Biennale 2009.
Melissa Mongiat is also known for her research work on participatory design created in collaboration with Kelsey Snook. The results have been presented notably at the Royal College of Art in London, the Banff New Media Institute and the Instituto di Diseno Europeo in Barcelona, as workshops and conferences, and led to the creation of Good Participation.
In November 2010, Melissa Mongiat represented Montréal at the Design Biennale in Saint-Étienne, France. She was also recently awarded the Phyllis Lambert Design Award by the city of Montreal.
Mouna Andraos holds a Masters degree from New York University and a Bachelors degree from Concordia University and is also an alumni of Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology in New York City. She is currently teaching at Concordia University and UQAM’s École de Design.
Working under the label Electronic Crafts, Mouna has been exploring the intersection of mass-produced electronics and handmade crafts to create playful, sustainable or participatory objects. Some of her work include a giant word clock that tells the story of passing time and a portable power station that brings alternative electricity to the streets. Her work has been showcased at PS1/MoMA, Queens, as part of the 2008 YAP installation, Exit Art Gallery New York or in her first solo show at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse in Montréal.
Considering technology as a vehicle for social change, an important part of Mouna Andraos’ work is geared towards demystifying and disseminating technology. She has led numerous workshops in places as diverse as Beirut’s Olympiades culturelles, the San José Biennale and the Nagoya Design Center.
Her web-based work for Montréal interactive agency Bluesponge has won numerous international recognitions including prizes from Communication Arts, ID magazine, Webby, Best of Show at the SXSW Festival and a CyberLion in Cannes. She was also recently awarded the Phyllis Lambert Design Award along with Melissa Mongiat by the city of Montreal.