9pm – free
This week’s [mix_sessions]
will go hand-in-hand with the main themes of Jerry Snell’s latest multimedia
extravangaza The Passion of Henry.
As usual, the VJs
and DJs of the night will team up to experiment and improvise: VJs
Pillow and Dumpling, and DJs
Mademoiselle and Aikido.
Thien Vu Dang aka Pillow performs in Montreal’s electronic scene since spring
2001. His visual performances merrily mix elements of documentary, fiction and
experimental videos. His work is a constant quest to find new ways of communicating
through images and sound. He finds in video performances an ideal organic playground
for his experimentations.
Martin Laporte studied in cinema and photography. During his long journeys in
Europe, he was a collabotaror to some influencial magazines such as Purple and
Wad. He acquired a unique and conceptual video and photographic style. He also
worked as artictic director and director of photography, which allowed him to
understand and manipulate the cinematic language and to push its limits so to
develop new forms of presentation. Innovative, he likes to use everything that
can actually generate images, a creation, that questions the means of recording
on a cultural level. Martin has been distinguised among his peers and was awarded
many prizes including a Felix and a Lux.
Mdemoiselle is at home playing with images and sound. We can feel the influence
of the New Wave cinema movement in the artistic approach of Yasuko Tadokoro
aka VJ Mademoiselle. Her stay at the prestigious Art Tower Mito Museum also
helped to shape her vision of art, which she now transposes into sound and visual
experiments dictated by her fertile imagination. Favouring a certain idea of
positivism, Mademoiselle’s video and audio performances are characterized by
a sense of freshness and lightness.
The sense of Aikido :
(AI) Harmony, together – harmonie, ensemble
(KI) Spirit, energy and creativity- l’énergie vitale et créatrice
(DO) The way, the mouvement – La manière, le mouvement
Melody is very
important for Aikido’s inspiration. He mixes rythms and various electronic
music influences according to his impressions of the moment. He blends styles
ranging from house, progressive trance, tech house, drum’n’bass
and even world beat to create stories and insert subliminal electronic messages.