The artistic event CITY OF INVISIBLE ON TOUR,
proposes an architectural and original video intervention
that will take place on the exterior site of three Maisons
de la Culture in Montreal : the one of the Plateau Mont-Royal,
of Frontenac and of the Bibliothèque Éleanor-London.
For three consecutive evenings, thus on the next 28th, 29th
and 30th of September, multimedia projections will present
to the public, ten avant-garde video works on art and architecture.
An invited artist will also be present on every evening in
order to discuss his work with the public, after the 90 minutes
Let us mention among the works presented, the one by Quebec
film-director FRANÇOIS GIRARD, of whom Champ Libre
will present LE JARDIN DES OMBRES (THE GARDEN OF SHADOWS)
: sensitive and poetic piece on the work of the Quebec architect
ERNEST CORMIER. Several video works of Montreal artists will
be presented, comprising among others the ones of ISABELLE
HAYEUR and of PAUL LANDON.
These satellite projections will be connected to Invisible
City: 7th Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art
Électronique, Montréal, 2006 biennale of
Champ Libre, that will happen on the site of the Grande Bibliothèque
at the same time. The event is free and open to the general
CHAMP LIBRE*, founded in 1992 (www.champ-libre.org)
is a nomadic electronic arts organization and research laboratory
that presents in situ events, inserted in the community and
putting in relation current practices of contemporary art,
of architecture, of urban planning and of new technologies.
During each event, Champ Libre transforms a different public
space and building and proposes to the visitor an original
intervention, a sensitive experience and knowledge of these
places stamped with new urbanity.
The MANIFESTATION INTERNATIONALE VIDÉO ET ART ÉLECTRONIQUE,
MONTRÉAL (MIVAEM) is a unique and major event on the
international scene of electronic art and urban architecture.
* Champ Libre, was a finalist in the 2005 Prix d’excellence
handed out by the Quebec Order of Architects for his scenographic
intervention at the Carrières Incinerator at Montreal
in fall 2004.
SYNOPSIS DES OEUVRES PRÉSENTÉES
En Mauvaise Herbe
Toronto born, Montreal-based composer and visual
artist Mitchell Akiyama has performed, recorded and exhibited
widely in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. His
work explores notions of classification and its consequences.
Trained in classical music and jazz, Akiyama has since become
involved with video art and its integration with sound composition,
fusing the organic and the digital.
En mauvaise herbe, Akiyama’s most recent work, is a
meditation on the processes of selection and ordering that
go on in urban environments; the judgments that seek to eliminate
certain forms of life while privileging and supporting others.
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Le jardin des ombres
Quebec-native François Girard has achieved world-wide
fame in the film-industry with such fims as Thirty two short
film about Glen Gould, which won four Genies including best
director and best picture, and The Red Violin (1998) which
won eight Genies and an Oscar for best original soundtrack.
He has also explored more experimental sides of video and
film and new media’s relation with architecture.
JARDIN DES OMBRES is a sensitive and poetic work about the
Quebecois architect ERNEST CORMIER.
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Isabelle Hayeur was born in 1969 in Montreal. Since the end
of the 90’s, she is known for her big format numerical
pictures, but she has also realized several in situ works,
videos and Internet art works. Her work was exhibited throughout
Canada, in Europe, in the United States, in Latin America
and in Japan. Her most recent artworks were presented at Oakville
Galleries, at the Rencontres d’Arles, at the Musée
d’Art Contemporain of Montreal and at the Contemporary
Art Museum of Massachusetts. In 2004, she received the OFQJ-Champ
Libre-Le Fresnoy prize for her video installation presented
to the 6th MIVAEM. In my recent work, I document wastelands,
urban fringes, abandoned industrial sites and modified "natural"
environments. I track down the signs, traces and artefacts
which reveal the contradictions and ruptures in contemporary
landscapes. Using footage filmed in an asbestos quarry in
Black Lake, Quebec, the video reflects a fascination for a
deserted landscape that becomes a quest for the void.
Nelson Henricks was born in Bow Island, Alberta . He moved
to Montréal in 1991 and received a BFA from Concordia
University, where he now teaches. Henricks has also taught
at the Université de Québec à Montréal
and McGill University. A musician, writer, curator and artist,
Henricks is best known for his videotapes, which have been
recently presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.Over
the course of one year, the author shot footage from the front
window of his third floor apartment.
WINDOW explores notions of repetition and variation in the
process to knowledge. Experience is “the sum of all
sight and sound. The sum of all motion.”
Static Decharge (for Bleeding Eyes)
00 :02 :00
Jowita Kepa is a video artist based in Toronto. Her work has
screened in Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Zurich, Novi Sad, Chicago,
Vancouver, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
Static Discharge is a composition of video noise that creates
a pulsating tension, as
electricity grinds with flesh, revealing the harsh beauty
inherent in the mechanical medium.
This video showcases Berlin`s Zoologischer Garten train station.
The movement of a train arriving in the station renders our
perception fuzzy and dazing. Zoo speaks about the effect of
destabilization one feels upon arrival in a large city. The
soundtrack is created from the noises made at the beginning
of a vinyl disk, noises which announce the arrival of music.
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Francis Leclerc was born in Quebec City in 1971. While studying
communications, he began to develop an interest in film, and
subsequently directed more than 20 short- and medium-length
works during the 1990s. He has been working in Montréal
since 1995 shooting music videos for a variety of well-known
Tokyo Maigo presents Francis Leclerc’s impressionist
pictures of the Japanese metropolis with dominating night
vision. By means of a game views and to panoramic jerky plans,
Tokyo is transformed into a futuristic city. A voice out of
the field anchors the furtive and fleeting pictures into a
narrative which poetically underlines the city itself.
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Comme une ombre allongée sur l’asphalte
00 :03 :00
Chloé Leriche is a Montreal videographer and a member
of the Kino collective. She creates ironic experimental narratives
of urban life.
Images of old matresses and leftover voice messsages as much
of layed down shadows on asphalt.
00 :11 :00
A native to Quebec, Montillaud is inspired from his experiences
with the outside world, whether it be that of mass culture
or the life of a mere individual. Working often with digital
technologies Montillaud turns the camera on everyday life.
I am interested in the different strata of society, from those
who control, those who execute and those who hang on to those
that drop out. Digital technologies have been very useful
to express this representation of the world. I work a lot
with photographs taken during my travels or everyday life.
These are fragments of reality which surprise me and which
I afterwards rework into my videos.
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Guylaine Séguin détient un baccalauréat
en arts visuels de l'UQAM. Elle a
participé à plusieurs expositions collectives
et a deux expositions
personnelles à son actif. Son travail d'installation
vidéo et de
photographie s'articule autour des notions d'objectivité
et de subjectivité
dans la perception de l'espace.
Collection d'objets vidéographiques statiques, à
l'intérieur desquels se
déploient des lieux visités par une caméra
subjective. Les images vidéos
sont "pliées" afin de reconstruire la géométrie
de lieux et d'objets
imaginaires. Montage effectué à partir d'extraits
d'installations de l'artiste.