ELEKTRA PRESENTS QUÉBEC DIGITAL PARIS / ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

OCTOBER 1, 2015 TO JANUARY 31, 2016

ELEKTRA Montreal presents Québec Digital Paris / Île-de-France, October 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016, the Québec component of the first edition of Némo, the International Biennial of Digital Arts Paris/Île-de-France. Almost 10 years after it first appeared in the French capital with Québec_numériQ at the Châtelet in 2006, ELEKTRA is continuing in its role as ambassador and international exporter of Québec talent by presenting a series of European premieres.

Here is the complete program:




October 1, 2015 - Trianon
7 p.m. / €27,5

Artist Herman Kolgen has been creating sumptuous kinetic audio sculptures for over 20 years. At the Trianon on October 1 for the opening of the Biennale internationale des arts numériques Paris/Île-de-France, he will present Seismik, inviting audiences to take a sensorial plunge, tapping into seismic waves, frictional resistance and the Earth’s tremor-related phenomena in real time.



October 10, 2015 - Philharmonie de Paris
8:30 p.m. - €20 / €25

The Philharmonie de Paris will host LINK.C by Herman Kolgen and Philip Glass, an audiovisual performance based on Philip Glass’s String Quartet No. 2. Inspired by a fascination for a multifarious and fragmented kind of urbanity, LINK.C is a moving, elliptical representation of urban areas.



November 12, 2015 - l'Avant Seine / Théâtre de Colombes
Opening 7 p.m. / Free

Matthew Biederman and Pierce Warnecke present Perspection2, a series of audiovisual explorations of the limits of our sound and visual perceptions. Anamorphisms and illusions of three-dimensional objects are projected onto two 90-degree screens, exploring the dominance of line over colour.



November 14, 2015 -Petit Bain
7 p.m. / €12 / €15

Myriam Bleau, a Montreal-based composer, multimedia artist and musician, presents the audiovisual performance Soft Revolvers at the Petit Bain on November 13. The four luminous tops created for the piece control the sounds of an electronic music composition and become musical instruments, pushing the limits of performance and digital art.

December 5, 2015 - Highlight at the CENT-QUATRE PARIS

Paris audiences will have a chance to discover seven Québec artists on the evening of December 5 at the CENT-QUATRE PARIS, as part of the exhibition Prosopopées : quand les objets prennent vie, running until January 31, 2016.

Opening December 5, 2015: 2 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Holidays (December 19 to January 3): Tuesday to Sunday.
€9 / €6 / subscribers and members 4 €



Physical is an audiovisual performance by 4X (Alain Thibault) and Matthew Biederman. The title of the piece refers to the physical perception of sound and image and explores the thresholds of perception, where the boundaries of the senses begin to break down. Using techniques that overwhelm the eye and the ear, Physical asks the question: is perception truly produced in the head, the eyes, the ears – or is it somewhere else? December 5 at 10 p.m, as part of the opening of "Proposopée : quand les objets prennent vie" exhibition.





Louis-Philippe Demers and Bill Vorn will present their latest collaboration, Inferno. What makes this participative performance unique is that spectators wear robotic exoskeletons on their bodies, creating an unexpected and involuntary choreography programmed and controlled by computer. The audience becomes an active part of the performance.





Michel de Broin presents two installations: Bleed that features an electric drill with five holes in it spurting water like a fountain, and Keep on Smoking, a bike that changes kinetic energy produced by a cyclist into smoke.





Samuel St-Aubin presents Tablespoons, the second version of the piece Egg created in 2012. This kinetic sculpture features eight spoons rotating and passing four eggs around. The piece shows exchanges between machine and matter and reveals the poetry of everyday objects that often escapes our attention.





Maxime Damecour’s creative work is often stimulated by the possibility of using objects in unusual ways. With Temporeal: temps!réel, the artist presents an interface that brings elastic materials to life to recreate film effects in real time. The result is sculptures in movement that offers a clear contrast with reality.



January 20, 2016 - Dynamo de Banlieues Bleues
8:30 p.m. / €8 / €10 / €14

Martin Messier will present Projectors, a surgical work of art in which 8-mm projectors are manipulated under the lights of a digital projector. Through lighting and a resynthesis of the projector’s quasi-mythical roar, the machines come alive and are transformed into bizarre and explosive noise machines, taking spectators to a realm outside time.



January 28, 2016 - Église Saint-Merri
8 p.m. / €10

The Église Saint-Merri will host SperoLucem: over the continuous sound of a drone produced by groups gathered for the event, musicians including Québec artist Thisquietarmy offers a series of performances using different musical creation processes.

Find out more about the International Biennial of Digital Arts Paris / Île-de-France : http://biennalenemo.arcadi.fr/

L'ACREQ/ELEKTRA wishes to thank Arcadi Île-de-France, the Biennale internationale des arts numériques Paris/Île-de-France, the Québec Government Office in Paris, the Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie. MCD, Musique et Cultures Digitales and Digitalarti.