“Retirement? I would die of boredom!”

News 5 February, 2018
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    Marc Choko

    Not quite retired

    Martine Turenne

    Monday, February 5, 2018 01:00

    Monday, February 5, 2018 01:00

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    Marc Choko has never thought of retirement… until retirement.

    “No plan, no strategy. I never went to meetings or strategy planning. “

    At age 65, he has still done what must be done : he left his post of professor at the école de design at UQÀM, where he taught since the early 1980s.

    Then, he sat down at his desk, at home, where he works from Monday to Friday, approximately eight hours per day, often more. On the menu : preparation of exhibitions, conferences, committees, editors of art books, publications, course load, drawing on the varied expertise and even a poster contest pan-québécois with a scholarship in his name in the premium, for this specialist in graphic design. And when he has a little bit of time, he cares about his small business of importing French wines.

    The passion

    “I continued doing what I was doing before, the constraints of being in the least “, said Marc Choko, today 70-year-old.

    And this is the design designer that motivates him more than anything.

    “I do more than that. The course that I teach is on graphic design, I do art exhibitions and books on graphic design. In short, it is the passion that drives me “, says the one who has published on The habitations Jeanne-Mance, and The Garden City of the tercentenary, and the book became a reference, The displays in Quebec.

    “Since my 16 years, I collect the posters. This hobby has become a monster sympathetic. “

    “I am not too busy. I love what I do. There are jobs that I do which are paid, others not. I just want to do them. If there is money, so much the better, if not, too bad. “

    He remains a professor emeritus at UQAM, and therefore has a “link to life” with the institution. Not issue for Marc Choko to slow down, much less stop. “I would die of boredom. “