Quebecois video is nomad
A tent is suspended on top of the "19", the place
where the 6th MIV.TV is being held. Laurent, François
and Yves, three Quebecois video artists, look at the video
through the camera viewfinder.
" La tente de l'attente" is a unique place in Montbéliard.
Mounted on one of the metallic footbridges of the 19 avenue
Clémenceau, it houses a video that is as original as
it is nomadic. Three of the "Champ Libre" artists
are on the hunt for video tracks and impressions.
"What has been uniting us for more than a year now, is
the mass of idiotic and meaningless images that television
and cinema are now flooding Quebec with," explains François
Cormier, an urbanist who began working in cinema at a later
stage in his career. We are trying to become a gathering place
and in this sense we have much in common with the goals of
the Montbéliard MIV.
Under a tent decorated with odd objects, four old and torn
cinema seats wait for the artists, the critics and distributors.
Laurent Lavoie and Yves Shériff respectively invite
Pierre Bongiovanni the organizer, and the video artists Robert
Cahen and Francesco Marcello to take a seat in front of an
The first interviewer defines electronic image artists as
mutants of our gaze, because they make us see the world in
a different way. The second speaks of the telluric forces
that drive his works as well as of the—necessarily—slow
gaze of the artist in an increasingly fast-paced world.
Involvement and rewards
The interviews that were made on the occasion of this important
and unique encounter between video artists, will be brought
together in a work that will seek to define what electronic
creation is today.
"We are trying to show what the work and ideological
involvement of video artists consists of;" Laurent Lavoie
states, and as he goes on to say: "But in such a way
that will make it accessible to non-specialists. Sentences
are interwoven with images, and the excerpts of works. All
this speaks of and unravels what many consider as esoteric
"La tente nomade" ("The Nomad Tent") will
transpose the audio and visual ambiance of the 6th MIV.TV.:
a video logbook of a video event. Moreover, the video 'writing'
of these Quebecois artists/journalists will be co-produced
by the Videograph, an important Montreal distribution and
presentation organization. Laurent, François and Yves
now wish to make a place for Montébelardian resonances,
in order to bring life to words and to promote the essential
circulation of ideas in a free space.
Le Pays - June 20, 1992