POWEr: Audio-visual Performance – 45 min
POWEr is a performance based on acoustic phenomena and the striking imagery that offshoot from high-voltage emissions. Used as source materials, these ingredients are generated, captured, transformed and diffused live on stage, through digital processing and manipulation of sound and video. No content is prepared in advance, and electricity is used as a subtle but pressing instrument. These constraints define the expressive territory essential to the performance.
Building on a context that’s sets it halfway between a musical presentation and a media arts installation, POWEr demarks the continuation of Artificiel’s development. Having charted a singular path in their work with sonic properties and electrical impulse through previous projects such as bulbes (2003) and beyond6281 (2004), as well as cultivating a performative dimension with such later works as cubing (2006) and artificiel.process() (2008), POWEr takes its place among this oeuvre by raising the stakes of spontaneity and working with evermore complex musical structures.
Artificiel is a digital arts duo based in Montreal, featuring Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy. Together, they manipulate concepts and articulate the results via new media, music, and video, the results often appearing in the form of performances and installations.
This project is made possible thanks to funding from Media Arts section of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et Lettres du Quebec. artificiel also thanks Steve Ward for his contribution to the development of the audio-modulated DRSSTC.
After critically acclaimed presentations of the Bulbes, Cubing and artificiel.process projects – the latter of which of which premiered at last year’s MUTEK – Artificiel returns with the new live audio-visual performance POWEr, commissioned especially for MUTEK_10.
The Montreal duo, formed by Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy, have created an expressive framework that allows them to manipulate high-voltage electrical devices, whose emissions are captured by cameras and microphones, and which are then diffused through projectors and speakers, all in real time. By using electricity as a sonic and visual building block, the fundamental link between electron, light and sound is established. The results are simultaneously fascinating, mystifying, and spectacular.
This project is made possible thanks to funding from Media Arts section of the Canada Council for the Arts.