Michel de Broin’s work ranges from assemblage to video and photography. His multifaceted production deals with energy flows, entropic devolution, and the forms of visual, spatial and technological paradoxes that derive from these forces. A mid-career survey of his work was presented by Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain in 2013. Michel has also held a number of solo exhibitions and projects, such as Reciprocal Energy (Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, France), Reverse Entropy (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin), Disruption from Within (Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada) and Épater la Galerie (Villa Merkel, Esslingen, Germany). His group exhibitions include: Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am (Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland), Acclimatization (Villa Arson Art Centre, Nice, France), Untethered, Eyebeam (New York) and Au courant (Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York). Recipient of the 2007 Sobey Art Award, Michel has also received grants from the Harpo Foundation (Los Angeles) and the Krasner-Pollock Foundation (New York). More recently, Michel was awarded a residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City.
Michel de Broin (Canada) / Video projections on the façade of Théâtre Maisonneuve
Life on earth began with an erotic show in which nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen and potassium intertwined in an opening dance. Fast-forward some three billion years to what some geologists call the Anthropocene epoch, and organic activity on earth has deflated; it’s almost as if the orgy were coming to an end. Human meddling could be a veritable geophysical force inhibiting this organic activity. According to some observers, the impact of humanity’s changes, extractions and unprecedented waste now outweighs natural factors and fluctuations. Human progress has cast a dark shadow indeed over future humans. As the Anthropocene period reaches this cut-off point and ends, all its residues are left behind. Enter “Molysmocène,” the age of trash. This project imagines how life might re-emerge from our refuse. Molysmocène is a video animation produced with a group of young participants. In this laboratory, life is reborn from the inanimate matter in our trash. It revives the soup of capitalism’s discarded leftovers.
The artist wishes to thank Luc Guillemette (event coordinator for the Musée d’art contemporain workshops), Émilie Godbout (workshop facilitator at the Musée d’art contemporain), Dexter Davis and Sael Simard (documentation and technical support), Michel Pétrin (audiovisual services at the Musée d’art contemporain), Alexandre Perreault (photographer) and the Musée d’art contemporain.