The duo is in residency for two weeks.
Catherine Béchard and Sabin Hudon are working on La singularité du banal, a new project that explores the imperceptible, fugitive and random sound language of intermediate spaces such as bridges, tunnels and road interchanges. The suburban space projects the image of an ideal living environment out of the city in the tranquility of a more peaceful and affordable environment. But in return, it forces society to produce more and more cars, roads, interchanges and bridges. "This motorized mobility produces a present, normalized sound halo, that is deaf and rich in low frequencies. In Québec City, the duet is recording inaudible vibrations induced by the movement of cars, using micro-switches placed on different structures.
La singularité du banal is presented from July 29 to November 4, 2018 at the Salle Alfred-Pellan of the Maison des arts de Laval, as part of the collective exhibition TRIENNALE BANLIEUE! Là où se prépare le futur, curated by Julie Alary Lavallée, Jasmine Colizza, and Nicole Thibault.
About Béchard Hudon
Catherine Béchard (born in 1962) and Sabin Hudon (born in 1964) live and work in Montreal and have been forming an artistic duo since 1999. While their main medium is the kinetic and sound installation, they also create silent motile sculptures, audio pieces, performances, 2D and public art works. Their creative work is at the crossroad of multiple parameters: sight and hearing, materiality and its resonance, time and space, movement and immobility, invisibility and propagation, sound, silence and listening. These many lines of encounter, vanishing points, grey areas or simultaneity curves that shape our experience of the world. Their works have been presented in Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Croatia, Brazil, the United States and China. They have recently been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions, including those at the Centre d’exposition Lethbridge and ELLEPHANT Gallery as part of the International Digital Art Biennial in Montreal in 2016; at the Mois Multi in Québec city in 2016; at the Knockdown Center in Brooklyn, in the context of the 2015 Quebec Digital Art in NYC event; at the 2015 Device Art Triennal in Zagreb; and at the National art Museum of China during the exhibition ThingWorld: International Triennal of New Media Art in 2014. Béchard and Hudon also produced two permanent public works in Montréal, Québec: a sound installation in the steeple of the new CHUM in 2016 and an exterior sculpture at the Gilles Vigneault primary school in Montreal in 2015. Moments Adrift, a monograph on their practice, was published in 2011 by Oboro Editions.