Myriam Bleau

Myriam Bleau (CA/QC)

Myriam Bleau's hybrid electronic practice integrates steady beats and half-recognizable melodies into abstract, electroacoustic atmospheres. Her creations—including her recent collaboration with virtual artist LaTurbo Avedon—investigate the spaces between objects, performers and our expectations of them as we watch their gestures and audiovisual expressions shift and flow.

Unifying her multi-instrumentalist background—cello, guitar and piano along with instruments of her own creation, with audiovisual art, Bleau creates sound installations and performance-specific musical interfaces that often move beyond the screen; complex systems that let her explore the boundaries between musical performance and digital arts. She's built music-embedded, brightly lit acrylic tops and spun them like turntables, created a large music box instrument that plays fragments of horizontally stacked engraved vinyl, snapped wine glasses apart and let the pieces vibrate into a music of their own, and orchestrated the glitching electricity of incandescent light bulbs. Bleau has presented her work internationally at festivals and in galleries, including at Transmediale, Intonal, Sonica Now, Scopitone, Lev and Sónar. Among her recent new works is a collaboration with virtual, internet-based pop artist Deva, an identity shifting performance featuring digital synthesis and AI-generated lyrics. LaTurbo Avedon is an avatar and artist originating in virtual space. LaTurbo’s work—including experimental virtual nightclub Club Rothko, initiated in 2012—explores non-physical identity and authorship, mass behaviour, digital identity, social media and aesthetics, delving into dimensions, deconstructions and the explosion of forms online and in performance.

She performs Eternity Be Kind with LaTurbo Avedon at this year's festival: http://www.mutek.org/en/montreal/2018/artists/9651-myriam-bleau-laturbo-avedon

Play 2 x Artlab
MUTEK 2018, buenos-aires

Sala 3, El Cultural San Martín
15/09/2018

Esta actuación se presenta gracias al apoyo financiero del Canada Council for the Arts, del Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec y la Embajada de Canadá en Argentina.

  

 

INTER_CONNECT London
MUTEK 2017, montreal

Société des arts technologiques [SAT]
23/08/2017

Bespoke instruments that are unfamiliar yet uncannily resemble a sci-fi gene-splice of record and turntable, or everyday objects that sing and sound in alien ways – Myriam Bleau investigates the spaces between objects and their expectations, using gesture and performance to animate and activate her aesthetic inquiries.

Tying her multi-instrumentalist background – cello, guitar and piano along with instruments of her own creation – with audiovisual art, Bleau creates sound installations and performance-specific musical interfaces that move beyond the screen, complex systems that let her explore the boundaries between musical performance and digital arts. Musically, her hybrid electronic practice integrates steady beats and half-recognizable melodies into electroacoustic atmospheres: she's built music-embedded, brightly lit acrylic tops and spun them like turntables, created a large music box instrument that plays fragments of horizontally stacked engraved vinyl, snapped wine glasses apart and let the pieces vibrate into a music of their own, and orchestrated the glitching electricity of incandescent light bulbs. At festivals and in galleries, Bleau has presented her work internationally, including at Transmediale, Sonica Now, Scopitone, Lev and Sonar.

At MUTEK, Bleau performs an advanced version of her audiovisual piece Soft Revolvers, a project she designed using four large translucent acrylic tops, lit by LEDs and equipped with gyroscopes and accelerometers, their sensors collecting motion data that informs musical algorithms. As she spins the instruments' circular bodies, a halo of light emerges and the music plays – spliced and variably pitched or in clearly rhythmic sequences, a completely absorbing solitary composition never to be heard the same way again.

DIGITAL QUÉBEC

British Film Institute
13/03/2015

Soft Revolvers is an A/V performance created by 4 spinning tops built by the artist with clear acrylic. Each top is associated with an ‘instrument’ in an electronic music composition and the motion data collected by sensors – placed inside the tops – gathers musical algorithms. With their large circular spinning bodies and their role as music playing devices, the interfaces strongly evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip hop and dance music. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music, creating stunning spinning halos.
(25 min).

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