Becoming a Dragonfly

© E. Mouchous, 2013

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© E. Mouchous, 2013

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Becoming a Dragonfly

Winner of the New Media Creation Grant for Young Artists 

Fall - Winter 2014

Artist Talk
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Solariser les libellules

Dragonfly Picnic from OBORO on Vimeo.

Becoming Dragonfly from OBORO on Vimeo.

Becoming a Dragonfly explores the creation of autonomous sound circuits and their dissemination in public spaces as well as online. The project is inspired by the migratory behaviour of a widespread dragonfly species, the Anax junius, whose cyclical and intergenerational migration happens twice a year during the Spring and Fall.

In 2013, nearly 200 solar-powered sonic insects emerged, some of which were disseminated along the Anax junius' migration route from New Jersey to the Bas-Saint-Laurent region.

In 2014, the migration will take place in the public parks of the Montreal island. The circuits are distributed or abandoned on-site as dragonflies are observed. The dispersion is documented through geo-location, sound, photography, video, text and correspondences.

Over the course of her residency at OBORO, Émilie Mouchous will develop an artistic website compiling these data.

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Émilie Mouchous

Émilie Mouchous is a French, Montreal-based sound artist who makes her own electronic instruments. Her sonic and spatial exploratory activities are characterized by the creation of mini autonomous systems and take multiple forms: radio programs, series of electronic objects, collaborative free improvisation, web art, radio transmission installations. She is interested in shared sound spaces, and likes to bring concrete sounds, movement, touch, voice and electronic sources together in a lively manner. Her works have been presented in contexts such as the BENT Festival NY, Deep Wireless (NAISA, Toronto), AKOUSMA, Suoni per il popolo, MUTEK (Montreal), Kunstradio (Vienna), Caravansérail (Rimouski), Radio LX festival de arte radio (Lisbon), the Radia European Network, Free Music Archive and Radius (Chicago).