Following the exchange programme put together by the SAT and the Transnumériques festival taking place in the Wallonie Brussels Area, the SAT is proud to host the Montreal premiere of a DJ set by Phillippe Franck, the founding Director of Transcultures, Transnumériques festival and City Sonics festival in Mons.
This event will also be a Montreal premiere for SPAM, a performance by the MéTAamorphoZ collective.
Quebec’s creative expression will also be showcased at this event focusing on the diversity and dynamism caracterizing both the local and international scene with the paticipation of the Popcore Duo [Simon Laroche and Manuel Chantre], Jan Pienkowski [ono records], Poison Arrow [Alain Thibault, Elektra] and Vj Gridspace [Christian Pomerleau].
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6 to 8pm Networking Cocktail (invitation only)
9.30pm : Pop Core Duo [Simon Laroche & Manuel Chantre] (Montreal)
10pm : SPAM by MéTAmorphoZ (Belgium)
11pm : Dj Poison Arrow (Alain Thibault) & Gridspace (Christian Pomerleau) (Montreal)
11.30pm : Jan Pienkowski (U & I Project) with Karin Côté (Soprano) (Montréal)
Midnight : Dj Philippe Franck (Belgium)
SPAM invades your so called private virtual space using viagra, fake diplomas, lottery draws, tempting financial propostions and some miserable virtual ‘sloppiness’. Spam is immune to filters, vaccins and demonstrates an incredible ability to adapt.
The second stage of the progressive work on the theme of SPAM which started off in December 2008, MéTAmorphoZ titillates the audience via a creative musical and audiovisual set of flesh and pixels which will give a sneak-peek of the historical nature of this viral invader.
This artistic display makes for an evening of networking, thoughts about digital art and its place in contemporary culture, in the company of Philippe Franck.
We invite all actors involved in performance and electronic arts in Quebec wishing to contribute to the expansion of their exchange network with french-speaking parts of Europe and its organisations producing or presenting digital media arts projects.
Philippe Franck (born in 1963, Belgian/French) is currently the Director of Transcultures (the association which he founded in Brussels in 1996), a multimedia centre for electronic/digital and audio art and culture based in Mons (Belgium).
He is the artistic Director of the audio arts festival ‘City Sonics’ (taking place each summer in Mons since 2003) and of Transnumériques, the festival for new digital talent and springboard for electronic/digital art/culture which has taken place each autumn since 2005 in various places and venues and unites partners from Paris, Mons, Bruxelles and Lille.
He has headed many interdisciplinary events and exhibitions and been an art consultant for several festivals and international centres for the arts since 1995. From 2003 to 2006, he was the co-ordinator for Musiques Nouvelles/lemanège.com in Mons.
Since 2006, he has also been involved in directing the Octopus Festival which is dedicated to inventors of musical instruments (Paris, various venues). He has been one of the founder members of RAN (Réseau des Arts Numériques international – Network for international digital arts – started by the arts centre of Enghien-les-Bains which has brought together around 20 cultural centers and university departments in France and Belgium).
He is also a member of the Troisième Pôle/ Naïve team chosen in 2008 by the City of Paris to develop the Gaîté Lyrique (Paris, 2010), a centre for digital arts and music managed by Jérôme Delormas. Philippe was also his artistic advisor for the whole initial phase of la Gaîté Lyrique. He has just been named co-director of Buzz en sons, the annual festival of urban and audio arts in Besançon, France (2009-2011).
Since 2007, he has also been teaching digital arts at ENSAV La Cambre (Brussels) for advanced students and is a member of the scientific council of Locus Sonus (the audio-arts research lab of the Ecoles d’Art in Aix-en-Provence and Nice – Villa Arson).
He is also joint editor of CECN magazine (Mons) which is dedicated to new contemporary and digital writing since its beginning in 2005. He is in charge of the belgian section of the french magazine MCD (Musiques et Cultures Digitales) since autumn 2008. He regularly contributes to several journals (Mouvement, J@zz@round, Pylône, L’Art Même, Octopus) and has managed and co-ordinated several publications on contemporary music, audio and digital arts (Corps numérique en scène, Sons en mutation, Comme le présent promet à la Lettre Volée, Surfaces de propagation at Monofgrafik).
He has managed/co-ordinated and produced numerous CD projects (notably with the Sub Rosa label since 1996 and City Sonics compilations).
MéTAmorphoZ (Belguim) is a multi-disciplinary collective created in 2001 after its members realised they were sharing tastes and sensibilities while collaborating on different projects. MéTAmorphoZ’s projects deal with interpersonal aspects and collective stakes induced in daily life by any technology combining human and machine. – Video games and human/virtual relationships in Zone Temporaire (2001-2003).; security cameras and bar code technology as seen in Doppelganger i, ii and iii (2002-2007), the construction of the human and emotional dependence av Ami (2002-2007), mobile phone communications in J’tapLDkej’pe (2004), visual and audio flicking and hazards induced by freedom and choice in the multi-disciplinary performance Métamorphoses (2005) – The Métamorphoses CD ROM won the french speaking Community in Belgium Award for a Multimedia product. After that initial essential step, the collective explored the concepts of online chating and loneliness on the Internet with Wired Dreams (2006). The latest project is SPAM, a work in progress (audiovisual projections, theatre performance, interactive concert) premiered at the Transnumériques Festival in Mons and Brussels.
|Valérie Cordy (Brussels) graduated in Theatre at INSAS (Brussels). She is also a painter, a musician, a dancer, a computer specialist and director and theatre director and writer. Since 1993 (in particular with Edward Bond) she took part in Métamorphoses, a multimedia show & performance for the international festival VIA in Maubeuge (France). The performance was the last step in this multimedia theatre work in progress created by the MétaMorphoZ collective. (The DVD version of Métamorphoses won the french speaking Community in Belgium Award for a Multimedia product). She also co-created « Diotime et les lions » by Henry Bauchau at the Avignon Festival. She signed the staging for « La Terreur » by Alain Cofino Gomez in 2006 and is currently undergoing a post MétaMorphoZ research focusing on multimedia devices. This phase includes the « Wired Dreams » multimedia solo performance tour in Korea and China as well as its taking part in the Transnumériques festival in Paris in 2006.|
|Derek Sein (Brussels) is a DJ, musician (Hval mus, Die Gebrüder Sein, etc.) and radio presenter (92.1 Campus Bxl) and member of the MéTAmorphoZ. Collective. He has widely toured Europe since the emergence of the industrial and new-wave scene with his bewitching and outrageously diversified sets in which all electronic musical genres collide.|
|Laurence Drevard (Brussels) is a graphic designer and multi-media artist. She has also worked as a scenographer and lighting engineer for several live arts shows and performances.|
Popcore Duo is an audiovisual interactive performance inspired by the deconstruction of the robotised body. Manuel Chantre and Simon Laroche create a loud, raw, clinical and hypnotic universe by generating audiovisual material manipulating interactive puppets. The audience is invited to tkae part in a section of this peformance.
Popcore Duo benefited from the SAT’s artist in residency program. The 7 member collective first appeared during the MixSessions happenings and has toured in Canada and Europe with its performances and multi-disciplinary improvisations.
Their main goal is to present a series of performances by artists involved in audio art, video art, multimedia, robotics, electronic/electroacoustic music and perfomance arts. Popcore audaciously uses portable videogame consoles, computer controlled household equipment, toys and gadgets and they enjoy destroying obsolete media pursuing their aesthetics and anti-authority goals.
Larockh Grobot is the name Simon Laroche chose to label every performative activity he has been developping using the Robodrummer, his latest robotic creation. Looking somehow like a sexual cross gender low-fi doll, the Robodrummer presented in its best stage outfit, performs a mainly dubset audiovisual set.
Manuel Chantre is an audio and electronic artist. He is specialised in composing, sound conception, programming and video creation and is also a performer. He regularly composes tracks for immersive video projects, architectural installations and other electro performances.
Inspired by counter-culture and the construction of reality, his stories are non linear and he deconstructs the cultural symbols and non verbal communication process thus creating a very sensual, animated and spontaneous universe. His music is somehow related to video gaming (chiptune), electro, electroacoustics, circuit bending, world music, noise and minimal music. His projects toured Canada, USA, france, Belgium and Holland.
|Jan Pienkowski a composer, musician, sound designer, DJ, physicist, and owner of Ono Records, Jan Pienkowski writes and performs music reflecting his diverse background. From his Electroacoustic training and love of World Music comes a mixture of mechanical bleeps, acoustic spaces and ethnic themes. From his theatre, dance and film experience comes a flair for the dramatic and a feel for intricate rhythms.
Jan’s live and DJ performances span Canada, U.S., France and Hong Kong. He has been also very active on the Montreal scene with shows at festivals Mutek, Elektra, Black & Blue, Montreal High Lights Festival, Divers/Cité, Fantasia, Festival du nouveau cinéma, , Fringe/ Pop Festival, as well as playing diverse venues including Place Des Arts, Tangente, SAT and many other festivals and venues.
For this event, Jan Pienkowski presents his U & I project – a live set featuring a mixture of classical music themes with electronic rhythms and textures. Accompanying Jan on stage will be soprano Karin Côté, featured on Liu’s Theme on Jan’s U & I Album.
|Poison Arrow An electronic music artist, Alain Thibault has contributed to a wide range of multimedia, video, dance (Fortier Danse Création, Lalala Human Steps) and theatre productions (Carbone 14). His recordings were released on Ascend Recordings, Orange Music and empreintes DIGITALes. Presently he is the Artistic Director of the ELEKTRA Festival, a series of electronic music and new media events presented at Usine C in Montreal.|
|GRIDSPACE : (bio in french only) Concepteur nouveaux médias, vidéaste, réalisateur, musicien, performeur et créateur audio-visuel, Christian Pomerleau propose un univers graphique oscillant entre ambiances minimales et rafales d’images déconstruites en accéléré, qui distillent des atmosphères enveloppantes et recherchées. VJ pour des DJs établis tels; Sharam, Paul Van Dyk, Ascii Disko et Arnaud Rebotini, son travail fût aussi présenté dans le cadre du Festival Elektra, du FNC et des Étés de la danse de Paris. Co-fondateur de Headscan, une formation musicale d’envergure internationale, issue de sa collaboration avec Claude Charnier, il cumule 8 parutions (CD) et 2 contributions à des trames sonores pour le cinéma, dont une à l’occasion de la réédition du film d’animation culte Ghost in the Shell.
Gridspace creates panoramic landscapes to make the audience experience the unreal.
WHO?:: Philippe Franck, MéTAmorphoZ, Popcore, Jan Pienkowski, Poison Arrow & VJ Gridspace
WHAT?:: Montral premiere of SAT[contamine] program
WHEN?:: January 23 at 8.30pm
WHERE?:: the Society for Arts and Technology
HOW MUCH?:: $10$ [see top of this page]