Anne-F Jacques Unclassifiable Inventions

Date(s): Sep 28 to Oct 23 2015

Residency

A.-F. Jacques, 2014

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.

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A.-F. Jacques, 2014

Anne-F Jacques is a sound artist living and working in Montreal. She is interested in amplification, oblique interactions between materials and the construction of various idiosyncratic systems and assemblies. Her (in)attention is more particularly focused on small technologies, banal objects and rough sounds. She regularly presents sound installations, performances and ephemeral interventions in South and North America, Japan and Europe.

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