Kinetics and poetics: Making sound and movement

© artwork A-FJacques, 2015 / photo J. Brouillard / design S. Castonguay, 2017

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© artwork A-FJacques, 2015 / photo J. Brouillard / design S. Castonguay, 2017

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Kinetics and poetics: Making sound and movement

Workshop
May 24–28, 2017 (detailed schedule below)

Registration
April 19 – May 19, 2017

Structured as a collaborative learning and creative lab, the Kinetics and Poetics: Making Sound and Movement workshop will make use of low tech to explore the artistic and poetic behaviour of moving objects.

By repurposing obsolete technology and using pre-made motors and circuits, participating artists will experiment with the audio and visual aspects of mechanical movement. They will use amplification to reveal the hidden sonorities of raw materials and the natural resonances of mechanical objects. Participants will also explore noise, rhythm, looping, and texture for sound composition and movement, for the visual trace and narrative possibilities.

Unfolding over 5 consecutive days, this research-creation workshop aims to stimulate participants to collaborate and produce a site-specific installation and/or performance in a space outside the gallery. Based on the participants’ discoveries, these ephemeral creations will be conserved through audiovisual documentation.

The workshop is designed for artists working in any art field (visual arts, performance, dance, sound art, etc.)

Please note that the content of the workshop may be revised to suit the needs of the participants. This workshop is offered primarily in French, by bilingual instructors.

Schedule
Wednesday, May 24: 2-7 pm
Thursday, May 25: 2-7 pm (production time: 7-8 pm)
Friday, May 26: 2-7 pm (production time: 1-2 pm and 7-8 pm)
Saturday, May 27: noon-5 pm (production time: 5-6 pm)
Sunday, May 28: 1-6 pm (production time: noon-1 pm)

Program
- Introduction to basic principles and DC motors
- Repurposing mechanical objects
- Controlling motors with pre-made circuits
- Installation: low tech and raw materials
- Sound exploration: listening for hidden sound material, composition, natural resonance
- Visual exploration: passage and traces, persistence of vision, shadow and light
- Site-specific presentation: performance of the object, collective sound performance

Prerequisites
- Be a professional artist;
- Be a self-employed worker or a salaried employee in an enterprise not subject to 1 % Training Investment*;
- Attend every workshop session.
*Any enterprise whose total payroll is $1.000.000 or more is subject to 1% Training Investment. (Emploi-Québec Program)
Please note that two spots are reserved for employees of companies that are subject to the 1% Law in skills development.

Number of participants: maximum 8
Registration period: Monday to Friday, until May 19
Call or email the New Media Lab: 514-844-3250, ext. 230 or lab@oboro.net.
Cost: $150 (taxes included)
NEW! Two spots at $350 (taxes included) are reserved for employees of companies that are subject to the 1% Law.
Dates: May 24 (2-7pm), May 25 (2-8pm), May 26 (1-8pm), May 27 and 28 (noon-6pm)

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Reservation / Payment
Reservations can be done by phone or email. Full payment must be made for reservations to be valid. You can pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard), cheque or in cash. Registration to a workshop is not transferable.

Cancellation / Refund
OBORO does not refund registration fees except in case of illness (with a medical note) or of absolute necessity. In such cases, registration fees are transferable to another workshop or service offered by the New Media Lab.

Workshop Cancellation
OBORO reserves the right to cancel workshops at any time and without advance notice. In this case, registration fees are completely refunded.

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Stephanie Castonguay

Driven by experimentation, Stephanie Castonguay’s practice explores processes and phenomena that leave traces. She researches notions of memory and chance by exploring small electronic audio circuits. She wishes to grasp the origin of the current technological landscape through its very essence, that is, materially, through its properties and related physical phenomena. Her work has been exhibited at the International Digital Arts Biennial as part of the Variances exhibition, at Nuit Blanche de Montréal, Eastern Bloc, and the Montreal/New Musics Festival. She has participated in residencies at the artist centre Perte de Signal and, more recently, at the art and multimedia centre Kër Thiossane in Dakar.

Anne-Françoise Jacques

Living in Montreal, Anne-Françoise Jacques has had an active sound art practice since 2004. She regularly performs alone and in various collectives (such as Minibloc and Fünf), produces sound installations and creates soundtracks for the animated films of Julie Doucet. Her work has been presented in various festivals, including Mutek (Montreal), Send&Receive (Winnipeg), Club Transmediale (Berlin), VIVA! Art Action (Montreal), MEM (Bilbao), Sonoscopia (Porto), and artist-run centres, including Centre Clark, Séquence, Action Art Actuel, L’Œil de poisson, Espace Cercle Carré, le GRAVE, as well as in various bucolic or unusual places, such as parks, a metro entrance and under stairs. She toured and performed in Japan, in November 2014. Her most recent recordings are available via Crustacés Tapes, a project for postal sound distribution.