ELEKTRA

October 9 - December 6, 2015
Romaeuropa - Digitalife
Rome

ELEKTRA is proud to present Québec Digitale Roma, from October 9 to December 6, 2015, in Rome. This showcase of Quebec digital artists will be presented as part of the Digitalife Luminaria exhibition during the Romaeuropa festival. With more than two months of exhibitions at La Pelanda – Macro Testaccio in Rome, including an opening weekend featuring performances and the International Marketplace for Digital Art (IMDA), ELEKTRA continues in its role as international ambassador and exporter of Quebec talent by presenting a series of European premieres.

Discover the program:

Louis-Philippe Demers, Bill Vorn - Inferno
Performance & Robotic Installation

Inferno

Inferno is a robotic project is inspired by the representation of the different levels of hell as they are described in Dante's Inferno or Haw Par Villa's Ten Courts of Hell and other religious representations. What makes this participative performance unique is that spectators wear exoskeletons on their body: a choreography follows (unexpected and involuntary!) programmed and controlled by a computer, making the audience an active part of the performance. The performance version of the work will be presented the first weekend, followed by an installation version during the rest of the exhibition.

Louis-Philippe Demers and Bill Vorn have been working together on numerous robotic art projects since 1992. Inferno is their latest collaboration.

Performances: October 9 - 10, 2015, 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Louis-Philippe Demers - Blind Robot
Installation

Blind Robot

In the installation Blind Robot, by Louis-Philippe Demers, visitors are invited to sit in the front of this machine and engage into a non-verbal dialogue with the Blind Robot. The robot delicately explores the body, mostly the face, of the visitor in a manner that recalls what the blind humans are doing to recognize a person or an object.

Performances: October 9, 2015, 8:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. | October 10, 2015, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Myriam Bleau - Soft Revolvers
Performance

Revolver

Soft Revolvers is an A/V performance for four clear acrylic spinning tops designed by the artist. Through sensors placed inside them, each top controls an ‘instrument’ in an electronic music composition. With their large circumference and role as musical instruments, the tops strongly evoke turntables, DJ culture and hip-hop. The resulting sound tableaus reflect these popular influences, moving freely between rhythmic consonance and dissonance.

Myriam Bleau is a composer, multimedia artist and musician based in Montreal. Exploring the limits between musical performances and digital arts, she creates audiovisual systems that go beyond the screen, such as musical performance installations and interfaces.

Performances: October 9 - 10, 2015, 10 p.m.
Maxime Damecour - TemporAIR
Installation

TemporAIR

TemporAIR is an interface that brings elastic materials to life to recreate film-like effects in real time. Thin aircraft cables and plastic mesh are powered by software and mechanical sound hardware designed by the artist. The result is sculptures in motion that create a sharp contrast with reality.

Maxime Damecour is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. Fuelled by his curiosity, his work is often inspired and enabled by utilizing things in ways not originally intended.

Nicolas Bernier - frequencies (light quanta)
Installation

Frequencies

Nicolas Bernier’s frequencies (light quanta) is based on the quantum – the smallest unit of measure for energy. The Montreal artist explores the conceptual relationships between the basic principles of quantum physics and audioluminescent art. The signs, lines and points engraved on panels come to life under the effect of the light, creating new visual compositions through a play of reflections.

Nicolas Bernier artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing.

Samuel St-Aubin - De choses et d'autres
Installation

De Choses Et D'Autres

Samuel St-Aubin presents De choses et d'autres, a series of kinetic sculptures underlining the playful aspect of the everyday life. The object/materials selected are put through a series of exercises in balance, strength and chance that reveal a poetic side of the things around us that we rarely notice.

Martin Messier - BOÎTE NOIRE
Installation

Boîte Noir

With his new installation BOÎTE NOIRE, Martin Messier puts a beam of light, projected into a large transparent prism, into sound and movement. Trying to define the edges of this elusive element, he materializes the extension of its shapes and decomposes its frequencies. These phantom signals contain traces of past events, and spectators are invited to piece the story together.

Martin Messier is a composer, performer and videomaker. If sound stands as the driving force of his work, Messier also quickly took an interest in the clash between electroacoustic music and other art forms as well as in artistic collaboration. That way, it is through the relationship between sound and material (objects or bodies) that Messier’s work take shape.

Jean Dubois - Tourmente
Video Installation

Tourmente

The interactive video installation Tourmente from Jean Dubois will allow spectators to shape a series of portraits displayed on a public screen by blowing on the mic and their own cell phone. Depending on how hard they blow, the face displayed could be caressed by a light breeze or hit by a violent gust.

Jean Dubois lives and works in Montréal (Canada). His artistic practice and research crisscross both poetically and critically between digital devices, random structures, intersubjective reflections, textual imagery and in situ approaches.

Prices:
€ 10 and reduced € 7

After October, 10: € 7 and reduced € 5

The ACREQ/ELEKTRA would like to thank Romaeuropa, Digitalife, the Québec Government Office in Rome, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec.