SOUND ART INSTALLATIONS IN PUBLIC SPACES
13 TO 19 MAY
FREE ADMISSION - 10 AM TO 8 PM
GUIDED TOUR : Book a group tour by phone at 819 752-7912 or by email.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of our Festival’s Sound art installations in public spaces project. Rather discreet at first, the circuit has grown to become a must both for the Festival’s audience and local residents. Through the years, including the current edition, we will have presented over 60 works to visitors, festival-goers, journalists, and school groups. Created especially for the Festival or already made, interactive or contemplative, gigantic or invisible, noisy or subtle, moving or static, analogue or digital... These works form a diversified catalogue where multiple offstage, off-traditional-support approaches to sound are represented.
However diverse this corpus may be, a main thread runs through all practices involving sound-related installations, sound spatialization and resounding objects/sculptures: the theatricality of the proposition, SOUND THEATER! Sound, musicality, is the main character in the staged display. Each work allows visitors to explore new universes, be them dreamlike, abstract, reactive, ... And this year, these mises-en-scène will definitely be following that trend. In a seven-stage circuit, people will move from a garden where plants react to the presence of passersby to a delivery truck from another century hosting a concerto for vacuum cleaners, to a sculpture made of classical musical instruments...
For the 35th FIMAV and the 10th Sound art installations circuit, I bid you bon spectacle !
Érick d’Orion, sound art installations curator
XAVIER MÉNARD / CAMILLE ST-AMAND
« Telharmonium 2.0 »
A composer and an industrial designer pair up to create interactive sound installations. They are mostly interested in reviving century-old electromechanical processes in a contemporary perspective. « Telharmonium 2.0 » brings together industrial technology from a bygone era, process automation through programming language, and the possibility for visitors to fully control the technology through interactions.
« Je me souviens, tu m’avais dit (…) »
A shelter. Objects. Pictures. Sounds. As if what is staged in front of us was half-revealing traces of an instant. Impressionistic, minimalist and intriguing all at the same time, this work by multidisciplinary artist ÉMILIE PAYEUR brings us to observe, just for a moment, a mysterious scene whose explanation resides (perhaps) within ear’s reach.
« La bête à sept têtes »
Seven vacuum cleaners and an old dairy truck. Loosely inspired by the seven-headed beast found in various orally transmitted mythological tales, this work presents a suite of “aural moments” going from rhythmical motifs to laments. The everyday and the apocalypse meet through sounds from vacuum cleaner motors, natural harmonics produced by their hoses, and partly controlled resonances.
« Akousmaflore + Lux »
A garden made of bona fide musical and illuminated plants. Each plant wakes up at the slightest human contact to display a language, a sonic personality. They are sensitive to our electrostatic energy, reacting to touch and proximity. In other words, they start singing whenever spectators caress them or brush by.
« Fontaine d'intérieur »
The least we can say is that what we have here is an impressive piece! One-thousand-litre plastic tanks are piled up high and fitted with a water-spraying system. The result is an abrasive aural flood! Industrial mechanics and the sound they make are elements that this Wendake-born artist integrates at every stage of his works, from research to the choice of materials and the development of their concept and design.
« Réduction d'orchestre »
Various parts of musical instruments found in the classical orchestra (contrabass, trumpet, strings, piano hammers, percussion instruments) are gathered in a single object and vibrate on Hertzian tones. This project is a return to the idea of simple machines, producing music with an amplifier, two loudspeakers and hertz.
This is an interactive audiovisual work. Spectators are invited to touch and explore the depth of the semi-transparent veil of the installation. Each pressure of the hand reveals different depths. Exploring these various layers of depth reveals an intimate imaginary world. The audio-visual materials are evoking deep meditative spaces through organic substances, liquid or incandescent.
Scenocosme presented with the help of the Consulat général de France à Québec.