Unclassifiable Inventions

© A.-F. Jacques, 2014

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© A.-F. Jacques, 2014

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Unclassifiable Inventions

Residency
September 28 – October 23, 2015

Performance-Talk
Wednesday, October 28 at 5:30 pm

As part of the Residencies for Local Artists program.

Unclassifiable Inventions is a performative sound installation that focuses on the resonance of materials, of fragile, ridiculous and stubborn machines, and on utopias of perpetual movement. Linked to a long line of self-proclaimed inventors and tinkerers seeking to produce continual movement through mechanical tricks, this project intentionally blurs the distinction between technique and wonder.

The performative installation utilizes a series of amplified devices, each of which is connected to its own amplification system. These assemblages, set in motion by the rotating surface of tape recorders and other electronic elements diverted from their primary function, rub, knock into or bounce against amplified materials. A range of repurposed objects (corks, paper, toothpicks, nails, acetate, plant leaves, bamboo utensils) are used to create unstable constructions, which act as somewhat unpredictable sound generators.

The research for these devices began about a year ago, and has included sound performances. During her residence at OBORO, Anne-Françoise Jacques wishes to explore new techniques for amplifying the resonance of materials and to develop a more installational and less frontal mode of presentation, in particular by integrating the amplification systems into the very structure of the assemblages, thus transforming each one into a small autonomous station.

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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.