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    at the espace GM 509

    Manif d’art presents
    Toi/You, The Meeting
    May 1 to June 15, 2008

    Opening May 1 at 6 p.m.

    Espace GM at 509 rue Saint-Joseph Est
    Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Admission: MANIF-CARTE required

    Activities: Guided tours Tuesday through Sunday (groups must reserve) / free
    Creation workshops for youth Tuesday through Friday (reservations only) / 1 per person
    Family workshop Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. / $5 per person (participants must bring a t-shirt to transform)

    Photo : © Dominique Angel
    Pièces supplémentaires, 2008
    Dominique Angel (Marseille, France)
    Well known for his humour and hybrid, multidisciplinary approach, Dominique Angel casts his gaze at the same themes as the Manif d’art 4. Rencontres, leurres et déchirures / couple amour et érotisme / toi le regardeur / identité altérité, are pretexts for a fictional scenario in which the artist puts himself in the spotlight



    Photo : © Louis Audet
    Wireless/Marchander le vide, 2008
    Thierry Arcand-Bossé (Québec city, Québec)
    “Wireless Internet connection marks a new step in the world of communication. Airwaves transmitting a multitude of information surround us. Because the dictatorship of the market modulates our lives, we understand that the air has commercial value. Because emptiness itself—the space between beings, the invisible space we share—is exchanged on stock markets, we could conclude that the domain of real contact with others is somehow contaminated.”


    Photo : © Isabelle Bernier
    La malédiction de la Grande Pyramide (égyptomanie), 2008
    Isabelle Bernier (Montréal, Québec)
    Web art
    In 1822, a young French thinker by the name of Champollion managed to decipher the mysterious Egyptian hieroglyphs. In this piece of beb art, Champollion’s fondest wish comes true: to visit Egypt and contemplate the Great Pyramid. Unfortunately the dream sours… This site is part of a current collective project exploring the theme of the Rosetta Stone.


    Acknowledgements: Canada Council for the Arts



    Photo : © César Gabriel Burgos Salcedo
    Niño efímero, 2008
    César Gabriel Burgos Salcedo (Colima, Mexique)
    El Gigante ou Le Géant appartient à la série Fiesta Popular ou Fête Populaire dans laquelle le public interagit avec la pièce exposée en la détruisant, tel qu’on le fait dans les fêtes mexicaines dont l’élément central est la traditionnelle


    Remerciements : Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse et Secretaria de Cultura de Colima


    Photo : © Doyon / Rivest
    Le siècle des lumières, 2008
    Doyon/Rivest – Mathieu Doyon (Québec city, Québec) et Simon Rivest (Montréal, Québec)
    Well known for their take on advertising, the duo invite us here to a poetic but disturbing world. An obscure, encompassing image reveals a series of portraits lighted by the small screens of portable electronic devices: cell phones, mp3 players… These sources of light only reveal faces, which seem to float in an undetermined space, creating an intimate atmosphere that makes us think of the beauty of stars.



    Photo : © Rosalie Dumont-Gagné
    Attracteurs étranges, 2007-2008
    Rosalie Dumont-Gagné (Montréal, Québec)
    Sound installation
    She is interested in our individual and collective dreams. For the Manif d’art 4, she proposes a sound installation designed to develop over time. The visitor is invited to contribute to the sounds emitted by objects with organic silhouettes by whispering secrets or other private communications into them, all the while retaining a certain anonymity.


    Acknowledgments: Bill Vorn & A-Lab @ Hexagram, Concordia


    Photo : © Murielle Dupuis Larose
    Chanson de Marie, 2007-2008
    Murielle Dupuis Larose (Québec city, Québec)
    Audio video projection
    “Her name is Marie. She is my mother. She is 84-years old. Beautiful, someone who gathers others, she is strong and self-assured. However, when she sings a childhood song for us, her voice falters. Partons, la mer est belle… and we suddenly realize how frail she is. This song is a thread woven through her life. I wish to speak of this deeply engrained memory.”


    Acknowledgments : Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


    Photo : © Laurent Fièvet
    Circulations, 2003-2007
    Laurent Fièvet (Paris, France)
    Video installation
    A film by Hitchcock becomes the pretext for an installation in which two protagonists remain separated, prisoners of their respective screens. Seduction gradually become apparent, despite the gap. The manipulated motifs of the original film become metaphors for a love relationship. Through acceleration and distance, the new piece becomes a reflection of current courting rituals.


    Acknowledgments: Galerie La Ferronnerie, Galerie Ramakers


    Photo : © Andrew Forster
    Duet, 2007
    Andrew Forster (Montréal, Québec)
    Installation/video projection
    Andrew Foster is known for an interdisciplinary approach that calls on the collaboration of creators from various disciplines. Duet bridges video and performance to explore social and political issues. In a choreography marked first by the desire to calm and then by the frenzy of emergency, two performers reproduce the movements of Hassam Abdo, a young Israeli kamikaze captured in 2004.


    Acknowledgments: Push-Montréal/Compagnie André Forestier



    Photo : © Pierre-Olivier Fréchet-Martin
    Continuum, 2008
    Pierre-Olivier Fréchet-Martin (Québec city, Québec)
    Heat-sensitive painting
    Bordering on painting, digital art and video, Continuum is a reflection on our relation with the memory of an event and where it took place. Predicated on sequences that represent public spaces, the artist proposes a nostalgic look at the singular and fleeting character of interpersonal contact. He creates a profoundly poetic experience in praise of slowness.


    Acknowledgments : Hélène Langlet, Pierre Desmarais, Lucille Fréchet, Michel Martin


    Photo : © Diane Landry
    Les eaux volées, 2007
    Diane Landry (Québec City, Québec)
    Diane Landry poetically invests in intimacy by transforming objects of daily use. Here, she presents the portrait of a woman in a washing machine… Like a praxinoscope, an antique method of producing moving images, the agitator makes the woman move in ways that are as choppy as a wash cycle or as quick as a spin cycle, creating sequences that are strongly metaphoric.


    Acknowledgments: Canada Council for the Arts


    Photo : © Guy L’Heureux
    Emmêler, 2008
    Christine Major (Montréal, Québec) Painting
    Christine Major pursues research into our ambiguous relationship with animals, the “others” that inhabit our daily lives and imaginations. A projection of self, unbounded affection, mute complicity… In a series shown for the first time, she amplifies the troubled nature of these ties and explores the power of these projections of the body in images.


    Acknowledgments: The generous participants of the project “Animaux et Cie” in the context of the 25th Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul.



    Photo : © Mayra Martell Rodriguez
    Utopic Portrait of Identity, 2005-2007
    Mayra Martell Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico)
    In June 2003, the international press was shaken by the official declaration that thousands of women had disappeared from the village of Juarez. Mayra Martell decided to investigate, seeking to grasp the phenomenon by creating portraits of the missing women, thereby questionning a definition of identity: what happened to their families, the contexts of their lives; when did their lives become like fiction?


    Acknowledgments : Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse


    Photo : © Pascal Martinez
    Objet de convoitise II, 2006
    Pascal Martinez (Marseille, France)
    Video installation
    Pascal Martinez seems to want to capture the world through colourless but always enigmatic events. He enjoys working on memory, on what we accept and refuse to forget. In this video, a young man removes his shirt and reveals a tattoo. He removes it again and again. Desire. Endless desire? Or desire questioned through repetition?


    Photo : © Paul Litherland
    Auditorium, 2008
    Christof Migone (Montréal, Québec)
    Video and sound installation
    Well known for his projects in sound experimentation, Christof Migone proposes the image of a group of individuals outfitted in headphones. Their body language, subtle reactions and facial expressions are the only clues to what they are hearing. However, the public is offered a set of headphones with which it can share the experience, alone or with others. Will it accept?


    Acknowledgments: Canada Council for the Arts
    Béchard, Sabin Hudon et les participants



    Photo : © Louis Côté
    Zone d’isolement, 2007-2008
    Anne-Marie Ouellet (Montréal, Québec)
    Anne-Marie Ouellet pursues her exploration into refuges and collective zones of isolation. In a room resembling a bunker, she invites the public to put on cowls, creating an ambivalent environment where she greets and assembles visitors while isolating them. Follow the directions.


    Acknowledgments: Canada Council for the Arts


    Photo : © Eva Quintas
    Le Ravissement, 2007
    Eva Quintas (Montréal, Québec)
    Video installation
    Screens broadcast images from separate times and spaces. Are we in a painting or in a real space? In a series of scenes behind closed doors, various characters meet or clash. The word ravissement (rapture) metaphorically and theatrically evokes virtual and physical meeting: desire, fusion, possession, subjugation, illusions and disillusions of union and distance.


    Photo : © Johanne Huot
    Atikamekw forêt, 2008
    Anton Roca (Spain/Italy)
    Installation / performance
    The themes of identity and alterity deeply mark Anton Roca’s work in performance, photography and installation. Here, they evoke his surprising meeting with an Attikamekw elder on the north shore of the Gouin reservoir. Hours spent talking with this wise man and an interpreter. Mutual availability and the skilful bargaining of the elder and the interpreter set into motion a game of acclimatization and control, of spoken presence and silent transmission.


    Acknowledgments : François Chachai, Rémond Weizineau et
    Johanne Huot


    Photo : © Lyla Rye
    Subdue, 2002-2008
    Lyla Rye (Toronto, Canada)
    Video installation
    Subdue explores the complex issues of the mother-child relationship. The sound of a children’s rhyme invites us to penetrate a narrow space. The images of a woman and a child perturb our understanding of the scene. This woman appears to be speaking but we don’t hear her. The child blocks its ears. We nevertheless manage to hear a voice that seeks to reach out and calm.


    Photo : © Jacques Samson
    Sculpture de sauvetage, 2007-2008 Jacques Samson (Québec City, Québec)
    Active in Québec City’s arts scene for the last 15 years though his involvement in cultural organizations and participation in various collective projects, Jacques Samson pursues his work with surprising organically-shaped objects. This project of inflatable sculptures emerging from the hulls of rescue canoes reflects a desire to experience art as a lifesaving encounter. Like itinerant sculptures, these unusual buoys turn up by surprise in public spaces.



    Photo : © Meera Margaret Singh
    Lakes Are Frozen, Trees Are Bare, 2006
    Meera Margaret Singh (Montréal, Québec)
    Meera Margaret Singh’s work is motivated by a desire to enter into contact with individuals who become actors in various narrations. She transforms their daily lives to create a dreamlike atmosphere. Within these fragmented narrations, the artist blurs the line between fiction and reality. A certain emotional tension is played out, shedding light on a disturbance whose cause or outcome cannot be named.


    Photo : © Valentin Stefanoff and Nina Kovacheva
    Au-delà du visible, 2003-2004
    Nina Kovacheva et Valentin Stefanoff (Bulgaria / Paris, France)
    Outdoor video projection
    Valentin Stefanoff and Nina Kovacheva are originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. Since 2000 they have worked as a duo in Europe and in Paris, where they live. The image of oversized characters is projected on the street-level windows of an insignificant building. They seem to be speaking to passers-by. Although silent, the video nevertheless establishes a dialogue with the spectator. Indifference, anonymity and the refusal to communicate are paradoxically addressed through the orchestration of individual encounters in the social arena.


    Photo : © Élène Tremblay
    Le canari, 2008
    Élène Tremblay (Otterburn Park, Québec)
    Conception and realisation of the mecanisme : Diane Morin
    Video installation
    Élène Tremblay uses photography, video and network-art to explore her areas of interest. Having recently worked on the theme of empathy, she proposes a video installation in which she puts herself in the spotlight. Piercing cries seem to come from something hidden under a veil, which is alternately lifted and lowered. Underneath: the artist, nude, crouched and wearing a beak, personifying… a canary.


    Acknowledgments: Le Hangar, Barcelona and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (studio-residence program).



    Photo : © Mathieu Valade
    Bunker, 2008
    Mathieu Valade (Québec City, Québec)
    It is an ordinary construction, strongly lighted. We are invited to enter. It harbours a magical environment: a starry vault and a sound like that of crickets. A warm and inviting bed for two suggests that visitors could make themselves comfortable and take advantage of the atmosphere to share a moment of intimacy with a friend or stranger.


    Acknowledgments: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


    at the espace GM 840

    Manif d’art presents
    Toi/You, The Meeting
    May 1 to June 15, 2008

    Opening May 1 at 6 p.m. at Espace GM 509

    Opening of Espace GM 840 at 7 p.m.

    Espace GM at 840 rue Saint-Joseph Est
    Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Admission: MANIF-CARTE required

    Guided tours Tuesday through Sunday (groups must reserve) / free


    Photo : © André Barrette
    Marry me Lori ?, 2007
    André Barrette (Québec City, Québec)
    Advertising banners pulled by a plane flying over the beaches of Maine give rise to poetic, old-fashioned images. Blown-up negatives, a colour that suggests a fake historical aesthetic and the manipulation of fleeting visual signs allow the images to shift into a sort of improbable fiction.


    Photo : © Carl Bouchard et Martin Dufrasne
    Point de rupture, 2008
    Carl Bouchard (Chicoutimi, Québec) et Martin Dufrasne (Montréal, Québec)
    Photographic installation
    Brothers, lovers, enemies, mutually amplified or cancelled, the duo puts itself in the spotlight to explore questions of identity and alterity in various theatrically inspired role-playing games. They address the subject of gaps and distance, the vantage points from which it is possible to guess, invent, dream or think of the other.


    Acknowledgments: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec



    Photo : © Jacynthe Carrier
    À interférence, 2007-2008
    Jacynthe Carrier (Québec City, Québec)
    Video and sound installation
    A strange video canvas that evokes classical painting and moving images. A field of electrical pylons like a scar on the landscape. In it, two individuals manipulate communication tools: megaphones, headphones, speakers, extension cords, electric cables… A tableau vivant with multiples interferences.


    Acknowledgments: La Bande Vidéo



    Photo : © Marie-Andrée Cormier
    Aller-retour, 2008
    Marie-André Cormier (Québec City, Québec)
    Video installation
    Two people ceaselessly move from one screen to another without ever seeing each other. They meet, turn round and round, follow one another. In fine alienation, they seek to parade their identity while receiving that of the other. A relationship is built.


    Photo : © Jean Dubois et Chloé Lefebvre
    À portée de souffle, 2007-2008
    Jean Dubois (Montréal, Québec)
    Avec la collaboration spéciale de Chloé Lefebvre
    Site-specific telematic installation
    “Air is a shameless, colourless, odourless and almost silent fluid, so we sometimes forget that its spread is broad, volatile and branched. It insinuates itself into our bodies before penetrating someone else. With each breath, we apparently absorb a few atoms inhaled by Buddha, Adolf Hitler or Marilyn Monroe. With each breath, we embrace without even thinking about it an inexpressible part of humanity as a whole.”


    Acknowledgments: Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), Interstices: Groupe de création en arts médiatiques, Groupe Molior, École des arts visuels et médiatiques of UQAM, Hexagram


    Photo : © Phil Irish
    I’ll meet you there, 2008
    Phil Irish (Elora, Canada)
    Phil Irish gathers the stories shared with him through impromptu meetings in places marked by happy or unhappy events, by rituals or passages: parents and their newborn in a clinic, a prisoner converting to religion, lovers disclosing their secret hideaway. The confrontation of his subjective experience raises questions about sharing and interpretation through pictorial compositions in which text and image weave landscapes that are dreamlike and mysterious.


    Acknowledgments: Le Centre Mère-Enfant, CHUL


    Photo : © Zilvinas Kempinas
    Flying Tape, 2004-2008
    Zilvinas Kempinas (Lituania / New-York, U.S.A)
    The Flying Tape relies on a very simple mechanism: a magnetic band is suspended in a fan-driven vortex of air, filling space with sinuous movement that allows the public to choose between contemplation and participation in this strange choreography. Both fragile and monumental, it poetically challenges and confronts the laws of gravity.



    Photo : © Guillaume Légaré
    Le Paravent de la Gloire, 2008
    Guillaume Légaré (Québec City, Québec)
    Lacquer on wood
    He has accustomed us to heavily-laden, ornamental work. Here he proposes a pictorial object made of delicately executed lacquer. The cut-out partitions authorize libertine behaviour and erotic encounters. A separation of physical space but also the delimitation of two imagined worlds. “The object screen” through which sexuality and sensuality emerge becomes a metaphor for some of our contemporary relationships.


    Acknowledgments : Julia Hosteing, Paryse Martin, Huguette
    Robitaille, Sylvie Larouche and Xavier Jaglin


    Photo : © Dimitrije Martinovic
    The Exquisite Folly of the Event and its Participants, 2007
    Dimitrije Martinovic (Ex-Yougoslavia / Toronto, Canada)
    Behind these bucolic and erotic scenes lies the memory of Manet’s Déjeuner sur l’herbe. The shock felt when the famous canvas was first shown is transposed to the present, revealing a deep feeling of self-destruction. Between discomfort and compassion, which role will we choose: voyeur or judge?


    Photo : © Pascal Grandmaison
    Rien de tout cela, 2008
    Serge Murphy (Montréal, Québec)
    “I want to show what is. Add up everything that belongs to you, tightrope walker of learned shops. And transform everything you touch. You know that there is nothing beyond that. Around us, the void is full. Daily life is eternal. These wool and cotton threads are the veins and arteries in which your blood beats.”


    Acknowledgments : Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec



    Photo : © Josée Pedneault and Christophe Collette
    From Warsaw with love, 2006
    Josée Pedneault (Montréal, Québec)
    A visual correspondence for four months between two lovers. She lives in Montréal; he in Warsaw. A correspondence born of a desire to maintain a tangible link, born of the desire to describe to the other an inaccessible reality. A long photographic sequence similar to a series of visual haikus.


    Acknowledgments : Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec


    Photo : © Samuel Rousseau courtesy : galery: Parker’s Box
    Le festin des délices, 2007
    Samuel Rousseau (Grenoble, France)
    Video installation, projection in dinner plates
    Ironic, delightful, insolent, profane, poetic, modest and fabulous. These are the adjectives used to describe this short video presentation: an elegant table set for lovers, impeccable place settings, a brilliantly white tablecloth and… something in the still empty plates!



    Photo : © Adriana Salazar
    Despreocupadas et Llorona/Machines dysfonctionnelles, 2008
    Adriana Salazar (Bogotà, Colombia)
    Kinetic objects
    Originally from Colombia, Adriana Salazar creates dysfunctional machines that highlight simple and repetitive human gestures in a critical and fun look at interpersonal relationships. Sometimes the mechanics are unsynchronized; sometimes emotions are disembodied. If the artist’s work speaks to technological developments, these strange objects take on a special evocative power in the context of social interchange in Colombia.


    Acknowledgments: Programa Presidencial Colombia Joven and Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse


    Photo : © Michel Daigneault and Stephen Schofield
    Jusqu’au bout des lèvres, 2008
    Michel Daigneault et Stephen Schofield (Montréal, Québec)
    One is a painter; the other draws… Based on the theme of the beloved, this collaborative project bears witness to the work of a couple in a shared studio. The pictorial and sculptural piece explores the limits of public and private, the tumult of figuration and abstraction, and the vulnerability and resistance of the body and its capacity for eroticism and humour.