Asservissements & Générateur stochastique

Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Générateur stochastique, 2020

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Générateur stochastique, 2020

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Asservissements & Générateur stochastique

Upcoming exhibition in partnership with ELLEPHANT

Initially planned for the 2019-2020 season, this exhibition has been postponed to the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally scheduled to take place in April and May 2020, Jean-Pierre Gauthier’s exhibition Asservissements & Générateur stochastique had to be postponed due to the physical distanciation measures related to COVID-19. In order to whet your curiosity until its presentation, the artist and OBORO offer you a video preview of his installation Générateur stochastique, which Gauthier redesigned so that visitors can activate it without any hand contact.

In mathematics as in music, a stochastic process involves at least one random variable. Générateur stochastique is akin to a music box in the form of an interactive game-of-chance console; its randomness lies in the composition being partially in the hands of the public. Turning the machine’s handles produces analog sounds that are transmitted to, then modulated by digital audio programming inspired by generative music. Three distinct tracks start to drift, overlap, and intertwine in an acousmonium of ABS tubes. In the small gallery, high frequencies dangle from the ceiling, while the low frequencies are built up from the floor in a spatialized intimacy. By activating handles, kinetic sensors, and coloured buttons, the viewer takes an active part in the random nature of the arrangement, subverts the system, produces accidents, and becomes a performer. As sound waves become increasingly abstracted from their source, the gallery fills with the murmurings of otherworldly sparrows and whistles of mysterious blackbirds.

- Charlotte Lalou Rousseau, excerpt from the Asservissements & Générateur stochastique exhibition essay

This project will be presented in a partnership between OBORO and the ELLEPHANT gallery in Montreal. The dates of the exhibition will be announced as the situation evolves.

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Jean-Pierre Gauthier

Through visual, sound and kinetic devices, Jean-Pierre Gauthier poetically brings together chance, control, disorder, chaos, accidents. He deconstructs, diverts, assembles, tinkers, but also creates and composes. In his installations, sounds and shapes unfurl in an invasive and sprawling manner. More systemic than robotic, his works are conceived as interconnected and reactive systems in which visitors have the roles of triggers and generators. These installations have a performative dimension; they unfold, activate, get worked up, bustle, groan, wear out, stop. His work has been presented at several digital arts events, including Transmediale (Berlin, 2006), Electrohype (Lund, 2006), Tonspur (Vienna, 2010), FILE (Sao Paulo, 2012) International Triennial of New Media Art (Beijing, 2014) and Elektra (Montreal, 2019). Solo and group exhibitions were also held in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Gauthier is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Sobey Art Award in 2004, the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in 2006 and the Prix Louis-Comtois in 2012. The artist is represented by ELLEPHANT in Montreal.