Between sound/image and digital/organic universes, new media artist and motion designer Hugues Clément explores a dichotomy-dismantling approach, as showcased at various events around the world, including MUTEK, Igloofest, and Circle of Light Moscow International Festival (RU). Clément comes at VJing, mapping, design and installation work with a playful bent for digital manipulations and abstracted juxtapositions. After winning last year’s EM15 audiovisual contest as well as the SAT’s Bourse Euterke emerging VJ contest back in 2011, the light and sound savant returns to MUTEK with two new, composerly ventures: audiovisual collage Dichotomie, as well as a VJ set exploring the abstract possibilities of 3D modelling. Performing live at NOCTURNE MUTEK 4
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) 02/06/2016
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.
27/05/2015Since winning the SAT’s Bourse Euterke contest as an emerging VJ in 2011, and last year’s EM15 audiovisual contest, motion designer and audiovisual artist Hugues Clément has further refined his very singular, dichotomy dismantling approach to VJing through performances at MUTEK and showcased works around the world. Informed by studies in electroacoustics and compositional work for the theatre and contemporary dance, Clément comes at VJing with scrupulous artistic deliberations and a playful bent for abstracted graphic juxtapositions. From decontextualized caverns and constructed Icelandic landscapes to a myriad of disparate dancing forms, it’s all fair game for Clément, whose digitally manipulated collages of contradictory forces continually beckon our attention. Clément returns to MUTEK this year with Dichotomie, an audiovisual collage of abstracted landscapes, portraits and sound samples, explored through glitch and 3D modelling interventions.