source : Champ Libre

MONTREAL, SEPTEMBRE 28, 29, 30 - 2006

Thrusday, September 28: Bibliothèque Éleanor-London
Friday, September 29: Maison de la culture Frontenac
Saturday, September 30: Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal

Presented by Champ Libre in collaboration with Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée, in the context of Journées de la culture

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 projection.

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 public.


CHAMP LIBRE*, founded in 1992 ( 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.



Mitchell Akiyama
En Mauvaise Herbe
10 mins

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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François Girard
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
7’ 30’’

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

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.”

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Jowita Kepa
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.



Paul Landon

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
Tokyo Maigo

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 Quebecois artists.

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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Chloé Leriche
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.

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Francis Montillaud
Décharge Maximale
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 Seguin
2mins 30

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 vidéo provenant
d'installations de l'artiste.