SOUND ART INSTALLATIONS IN PUBLIC SPACES
14 TO 20 MAY
FREE ADMISSION - 10 AM TO 8 PM
GUIDED TOUR : Book a group tour by phone (819-752-7912) or by email.
XXL WORKS !!!
This year, visitors will be greeted by large-scale works. Gigantic, hefty, impressive, massive works that will not go unnoticed in the landscape. Yes, there is definitely an extravagant facet to this year’s selection. Be warned, though: large doesn’t necessarily mean loud or aggressive for what interests us here: sound, the main material for this portion of the Festival.
The artists invited this year have a “vision” of sound that lets visitors listen differently, where musicality lurks in unsuspected, rarely explored or simply largely ignored realms of our daily lives. Aural poetics is seen through the lens of gigantism, the oversized and the heavyweight. There’s a life-size set of mechanisms, vibrating surfaces that react to the stimuli of a loudspeaker, a translucid surface that emits sounds, an impressive interactive device, two structures that look like ship masts, an environment where visitors manipulate images and sounds, and finally a theatre for objects and narrators without actors.
New musicalities, unusual encounters with creators, listening games, interactivity games, surprising moments, stunning moments, questioning moments. Hermetic, Musique Actuelle? Not at all!
Érick d’Orion, sound art installations curator
« À la frontière du songe »
An interactive audiovisual work that explores the moment where our mind stands of the verge of sleep, that instant where reality topples, that hypnagogic state where our senses are still slightly alert while we calmly surrender to the realm of dreams. Spectators become actors as they manipulate the visual and aural borders of their environment.
On the web:
Louis-Robert Bouchard - Elby Studio
« ECHO »
CAROLINE GAGNÉ's works are rooted in the relationship they create and orchestrate with the elements used to make them. These elements come from the places the artist explores, the users that visit them, and the events happening there. In « ECHO », two metallic structures equipped with loudspeakers face each other in a public space, where they offer sound plays based on offsets, rebounds, repetitions and overlays inspired by phenomena of echoes.
On the web:
« Trajet pas pareil »
TOM JACQUES has attempted a small-scale artistic transposition of the concept of differentiated speed (the process that results in the establishment of territories travelled at increasingly variable speeds) developed by geographer Jean Ollivro. This concept is at the heart of a reflection on the consequences of speed on our relationship to sounds. What will be the impacts of the mechanisms and sounds on our behaviour in such a setting? This work is a continuation of the "Comment où le son" device, of the various means the artist takes to find new elements of compositions, and of the artist's research work into sound.
On the web:
« êkhô »
With this work, JEAN-FRANÇOIS LAPORTE returns to vibrating metal surfaces, a fascinating process he has used a few times already. Large-scale steel sheets are suspended from the ceiling of the outdoor structure. They vibrate to the frequencies of a soundtrack projected on them by a loudspeaker. After working and creating with several other apparatus, LAPORTE comes back to vibrating plates, a spectacular sound device that fills the aural and physical space.
« Les grandes oreilles »
This gigantic work consists in a previously unheard sonic mapping of the place where it is installed. Visitors, by manipulating a surprising physical structure made of two huge acoustic cones, can hear in a direct and amplified manner, the sounds of their environment close and far. This interactive installation revamps old listening devices while blending obsolete analogue technology with modern-day digital tools. The installation provides an experience to enrich and - ultimately - change our perception of the location through the use, listening and modification of samples and sound compositions that bear the marks of the territory.
Creative team :Jim Bell, Marc Fournel, Marc Lavallée
Thanks to : Laurent Joyal, Jim Kennedy, Janek O-F.
On the web:
« Panopticon »
A sound installation consisting of glass and plexiglas panels fitted with transducers to act as loudspeakers diffusing sound through solid matter. Police radio frequencies from Chicago and New York are captured in real time from the internet and integrated to a five-channel electroacoustic composition. Lights react analogically to sound signals, and a webcam captures visitors' movements to trigger audio reactions.
On the web:
« Sept objets »
The duo MOTEL HÉLÈNE was formed in 2015 by FRÉDÉRIQUE LALIBERTÉ and PHILIPPE LAUZIER. In a darkened room, a makeshift lighting rig animates a selection of crafted and transformed objetcs. A soundtrack of human voices (Erika Angell and Alexandre St-Onge) reciting a text, is supported by samples of electronic, instrumental and vocal sounds. Alternately narrative, abstract, and surrealistic, the text makes references to the objects being staged through speculations about their presence, their meaning, their consequence in the world. This place is an illusion where some underlying thing is taking place, materializing itself in the shape of a theatre of sound objects!