Spectres, ondes et modulations (Spectres, Waves and Modulations) arised through a collaboration between artist Martine H. Crispo and curator Nicole Gingras. The exhibition Fantaisie optophonique emerges from an exchange between the two women dating back to the artist’s first exploration with visualized sound. It features an original installation by Martine H. Crispo with a selection of films and videos in the adjacent gallery drawing on a range of optic and acoustic phenomena by artists and filmmakers. The dialogue between these works, instigated by the curator, opens a space of reflection that Martine H. Crispo’s practice occupies, from a historical and thematic perspective.
Year after year, Martine H. Crispo’s work as a researcher has consistently brought her back to the question of light’s generative potential expressed through sound. She is among the artists who compose with space, time, the physical properties of light and sound as material. Over the course of an installation residency in OBORO’s gallery, Crispo assembles her remarkable aural and kinetic devices laying the ground work for the exhibition. As with each of her installation pieces, Martine H. Crispo draws us in with the promise of an experience that is created anew at every exposure to the work, where viewers must move through the installation to experience its potency. At the heart of Fantasie optophonique, light plays space as its instrument.