An artist known for melding digital with organic and manipulated sound with abstract images, Hugues Clément deploys glitch, 3D modelling and graphic interventions in playful, poetic and sometimes brightly kitschy ways. His visual collages are both uncanny and inviting, destabilizing recognizable sights in the natural world with electronic stutters and unexpected digital data forms.
Informed by his studies in electroacoustics, and compositions for theatre and contemporary dance, Clément approaches his audiovisual performances, mapping, design, VJing and visual installation work with artistic deliberation and a playful eye for graphic and audio juxtaposition. Since winning the SAT’s Bourse Euterke for emerging VJs in 2011, he's pushed the limits of audiovisual art and digital manipulation to pose the question: What is real? His GLEAM project, based on the de/contextualization of caverns, won first prize from both jury and audience at MUTEK’s, The Crystal Interface competition in 2014, while in 2017 he received the bronze medal for Digital Creation at international cultural event Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan. He's constructed abstract landscapes using forms that constantly dance and shift to a beat, created thematic collages through sound samples, glitch and new 3D modelling interventions, and taken digital art to extremes to reflect the thinning boundary between reality and digital.
At MUTEK this year, Clément's audiovisual performance The Colour of the Rain links digital glitch with abstracted human nature to shift reality as we know it. Clément's live A/V experience activates a journey of reflection for audiences, considering on our actions and conscious choices towards ourselves and others in lives increasingly formed through digital connection.
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) - BWR Room
WHO: Montréal-based new media artist and motion designer Hugues Clément
STYLE: Composerly digital explorations, striking juxtapositions between abstract and figurative forms
LATEST WORK: Visual set DAZED at Igloofest (2016), Dichotomie live A/V and film (2015)
MORE: His GLEAM project, based on the de/contextualization of caverns, won 1st prize from both jury and audience at MUTEK and Elektra’s The Crystal Interface international audiovisual competition in 2014
MUTEKs: Montréal: 2015, 2014
Intent on dismantling the dichotomies of sound and image and digital and organic, Hugues Clément employs glitch, 3D modelling and graphic interventions in playful, poetic ways. He deftly manipulates images into visual collages both strange and inviting, destabilizing recognizable sights in the natural world or urban spaces with electronic stutters and unexpected digital data forms.
Informed by studies in electroacoustics and compositional work for the theatre and contemporary dance, Clément approaches his visuals with artistic deliberation and a playful eye for graphic juxtapositions – from decontextualized caverns and constructed Icelandic landscapes to a myriad of dancing, shifting forms. Clément has brought his A/V performance, mapping and design projects, VJ sets and installations to various events in North and South America, Europe and Asia, including MUTEK and Igloofest, MADATAC in Spain and Circle Of Light/Moscow Light Festival in Russia. After blowing minds in 2015 with his audiovisual collage Dichotomie and a VJ set exploring the abstract possibilities of 3D modelling, Clément returns to MUTEK this year with visuals for Mexican genre-mixer SIETE CATORCE and Montréal artist MAGNANIME.