Artificiel (CA)

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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.

BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts 31/05/2009

BEYOND6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to bring the coil of large 1000W light bulbs into an excited state, producing an audible acoustic vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters.

This installation is an evolution of THE CONDEMNED_BULBS (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, ARTIFICIEL was interested in pushing the sound of the work in order to bring in a more introverted, almost tactile atmosphere. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful and intimate visual resonance. Sometimes allowing decipherable whispers and at other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs tell their stories in five movements.

BEYOND6281 is conceived to be exhibited outside the circuit of traditional spaces.  For this reason, MUTEK presents this installation for the first time at Place des Arts.

BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts 30/05/2009

BEYOND6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to bring the coil of large 1000W light bulbs into an excited state, producing an audible acoustic vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters.

This installation is an evolution of THE CONDEMNED_BULBS (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, ARTIFICIEL was interested in pushing the sound of the work in order to bring in a more introverted, almost tactile atmosphere. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful and intimate visual resonance. Sometimes allowing decipherable whispers and at other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs tell their stories in five movements.

BEYOND6281 is conceived to be exhibited outside the circuit of traditional spaces.  For this reason, MUTEK presents this installation for the first time at Place des Arts.

A/VISIONS 3: High Voltage

Monument-National 29/05/2009

[WORLD PREMIERE]

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.

BEYOND6281: Exploring the light bulb as a sound source

Cinquième Salle/Place des Arts 29/05/2009

BEYOND6281 is an electro-acoustic installation that explores the light bulb as sound source. By feeding processed audio signals into powerful amplifiers, it is possible to bring the coil of large 1000W light bulbs into an excited state, producing an audible acoustic vibration. The sonorities are strange, the tungsten and glass materials of the bulbs acting like rich but band-limited filters.

This installation is an evolution of THE CONDEMNED_BULBS (2003), a large installation based on 64 light bulbs. After exploring the visual impact of a light grid deployed in a vast space, ARTIFICIEL was interested in pushing the sound of the work in order to bring in a more introverted, almost tactile atmosphere. Here, light is a consequence of sound, but sound is articulated in order to bring out a meaningful and intimate visual resonance. Sometimes allowing decipherable whispers and at other times purely synthetic tones, the bulbs tell their stories in five movements.

BEYOND6281 is conceived to be exhibited outside the circuit of traditional spaces.  For this reason, MUTEK presents this installation for the first time at Place des Arts.

A_VISION 2

Estación Indianilla 11/10/2007

With Cubing, Artificiel explores a world of relationship possibilities between colour and sound. The manipulation of simple Rubik'sâ cubes in front of small cameras sets off a chain of introspective synthesis and digital treatment. The cube becomes, in effect, an intuitively controllable instrument, yet precision still factors in. The correspondence between the interpreter's gestures and the subsequent sound framework is presented to the public using videographic representation of the analytical and controlling process.This MUTEK performance constitutes the first public appearance of Cubing in its final configuration and marks the final stage of development and creation of the project.Forming the Montreal collective Artificiel, are Alexandre Burton, Jimmy Lakatos and Julien Roy; their research and creation relates to the connectivity aspect of new media and digital art. It is this common thread uniting their respective creative resources that allows them to venture well beyond the boundaries of their individual specialities. Their work has been presented at festivals and museums such as Sónar, Ars Electronica and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Cubing is their third project (following Circulation in 2001 and Condemned Bulbes in 2003) and their first development exclusively designed for performance.

A/VISIONS 1

Ex-Centris 31/05/2006

With Cubing, Artificiel explores a world of relationship possibilities between colour and sound. The manipulation of simple Rubik'sâ cubes in front of small cameras sets off a chain of introspective synthesis and digital treatment. The cube becomes, in effect, an intuitively controllable instrument, yet precision still factors in. The correspondence between the interpreter's gestures and the subsequent sound framework is presented to the public using videographic representation of the analytical and controlling process.This MUTEK performance constitutes the first public appearance of Cubing in its final configuration and marks the final stage of development and creation of the project.Forming the Montreal collective Artificiel, are Alexandre Burton, Jimmy Lakatos and Julien Roy; their research and creation relates to the connectivity aspect of new media and digital art. It is this common thread uniting their respective creative resources that allows them to venture well beyond the boundaries of their individual specialities. Their work has been presented at festivals and museums such as Sónar, Ars Electronica and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Cubing is their third project (following Circulation in 2001 and Condemned Bulbes in 2003) and their first development exclusively designed for performance.

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