Recipient of the 2016 Prix Avatar, Alexandre Bérubé is in residency at Avatar from April 4 to May 8, 2017. In Avatar's studio, this artist is working from the following questions: What can be made audible, or even visible, trough headphone? What can it reveal in the space of an installation?
Carrying with his work on basic furniture, tables and chairs, in exhibition spaces and on the effect produced by these objects, Alexandre Bérubé approaches the headphones as both an object and an apparatus. Interested in voice and speech, he took the opportunity of this residence to record conversations and interviews about the figure of the alter ego and the persona in visual arts practices.
Alexandre Bérubé is pursuing master studies in visual and media arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal. In spring 2016, he took part in the exhibition Titre de rêve. In February 2016, he was invited to present a "cabaret mobile" in the workshops at l'Œil de Poisson, as part of the 2016 Mois Multi. Over the course of his studies, he has been included in the programming of many collective events at the Galerie des arts visuels of the Université Laval, including Banc d'essai 10e édition, LAB1 and LAB2. He has also contributed to Julie Faubert's project Pièces sonores in situ, presented from April 26 to August 21, 2016, at the Grande Bibliothèque in Montréal.
Alexandre Bérubé wishes to thank everyone at Avatar for their kind invitation and their support. He also thanks those who participated in his residency project : Maude Arès, Najoua Bennani, Jean-Baptiste Benoit and Julien Lebargy.
Photo : Marion Gotti - Avatar