Are – Sommes Sonnes
December 12, 23, 12 noon to 12 midnight
On the occasion of Christof Migone’s 12-year project You And I Are Water Earth Fire Air Of Life And Death, and to close the festivities surrounding its 30th anniversary, Avatar presents Are – Sommes Sonnes.
The first year it started with ‘You’, then in 2021 ‘And’ came to connect you to anything and everything, and last year that point of connection was ‘I’—the porous one, the sole collective. This year with ‘Are’ action enters the fray. What are you and I to do? What are you up to? Well, let’s begin with being, simply being, however tenuous or contentious that may be. ‘Are’ points to fact, to status, but it also suggests question marks, suggests that the known might not always be as it seems. New this year is the inclusion of a subtitle: (Sommes Sonnes)—this translates from the French simply to ‘are sounds’. This theme, which conjures up plurals: multiplicities leading to infinities, polymorphs and polyglots, surrounded sounds, layers upon layers, etceteras upon etceteras, was envisaged with Myriam Lambert and Alexandre St-Onge, who join me as curators of this edition. – Christof Migone
Ronnie Clarke / serie One
Olga Prokhorova / serie One
Liina Kuittinen / serie One
artist within a social perpetual virtual world, she uses her weaving loom as
an instrument of sound. Using contact microphones and effects pedals she creates music that evokes histories past and future.”
performance. He has worked on solo and ensemble projects for Tate Modern, The V&A Museum, the European Capital of Culture, London Fashion Week, The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Radiophrenia, Cafe Oto, Iklectik, the Jerwood Foundation, the European Poetry Festival, Radio Revolten, the IvyNODE/Tierra Vivente residency, and Echoraeume, among others. He is the manager and curator of Resonance Extra, an international arts radio station.
Maud Joiret was born in 1986 in Brussels. Poet and performer (on stage + on video + sometimes in front of a camera), she is also a columnist. She has professionally supported Belgian authors on the site www.bela.be for ten years and continues to convey texts and voices, through articles, participation in juries, sharing of enthusiasm in literary programming, hosting meetings and on social networks. In 2023, she will also give lessons as part of a workshop at La Cambre for students of the Master in Texts and Literary Creation. Cobalt , his first collection of poetry (editions Tétras-lyre), received the prize for the first work from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in 2020 and was adapted into video. His second book, JERK , published in 2022 by l’Arbre de Diane, was brought to the stage in a form that combines text, music and dance. She is also published in magazines and anthologies in Belgium, France and Mexico.
Since 2004, Alexandre Berthier’s artistic practice has evolved in three fields: visual arts, media arts and performing arts, mostly in collaboration with other artists. His main collaboration has been with artist Karl-Otto von Oertzen, under the duo Marswalkers, for over ten years. Their work has been presented at CIANT (Prague), The Public (Birmingham), Wimbledon School of Art (London), Rockport Center for Contemporary Art (USA), l’Œil de Poisson (Québec), TUPAC (Peru), 6ème manifestation internationale vidéo et art électronique de Montréal, Mois Multi 12, BANG (Chicoutimi), and Espace F (Matane), among others. As a solo artist, Alexandre Berthier develops his personal practice of video, sound and photography. His work has been shown at the following festivals: Mois Multi (Quebec), Bains Numériques (Paris), Nouveau Cinéma (Montréal), Sounds like (Saskatoon). [+]
Catherine Bélanger lives and works in Quebec City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and an interdisciplinary master’s degree in art from Université Laval. Her creative research focuses on encounters and gifts, and explores the intangible heritage of everyday rituals and the desire to preserve them. His work mainly takes the form of animation, video and digital and interactive installations. Her work has been presented in the metaverse by the Ellipse platform in 2023, at Mois Multi, Quebec City’s international multidisciplinary and electronic arts festival in 2023 and 2017, at La Centrale Powerhouse in Montreal in 2019, at the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City in 2016, and at the Bangkok art and culture center (BACC) in Bangkok in 2015. In addition, she has participated in various individual and collective events since 1997, in France, Montreal, Quebec City and the surrounding region. She is currently collaborating on transdisciplinary research on culinary gesture and movement with the Université des technologies de Belfort-Montbéliard in France, as well as with the Centre de recherche en intelligence numérique in Matane and various technical partners and artist-run centers in Quebec City. Her research has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Fédération des Cégep du Québec and Première Ovation. Since 2004, she has also taught visual arts at Cégep Limoilou.
Confessions Augmentées is a performative talk presented in an installation that allows the process of creating Confessions to be approached from various perspectives. Confessions is both a publication project consisting of a book, sound works, and a video-performance launched on June 21, 2022 and a series of modular and performative sound rituals, segments of which have been reorganized spatially and temporally depending on the venue. One of the project’s aims is to examine whether it can mutate by reorganizing its materials in time and adapting them to different spaces. Another is to observe whether another entity can emerge from this process and whether some relic of the artifact called Confessions can survive despite its permeability to the various contexts in which it occurs.
they’ve turned their attention towards writing a novel on housing precarity and obsession, for which they are seeking agent representation.
Juan David Molina Velasco
Originally from Colombia, I was uprooted by violence and learned about my culture of origin through childhood memories and distant stories. I integrated into a new culture and had to learn a new language. I grew up navigating between two worlds, not knowing how to define myself or with what to identify. Between Jonquière and Quebec City, I explored the performing and visual arts at Cégep de l’Outaouais in Gatineau. I received a bachelor’s degree in visual and media arts from Laval University and am currently pursuing my master’s degree in visual arts at the same university. Here is somewhere else. I am not from here but I don’t belong anywhere else.
I am a child of the web born around Y2K. My mother tried for many years to teach me how to knit; I never finished a piece. In 2020, I learned how to crochet from online videos. I like things that are crooked, the word transsexual, and the Windows XP installation music.
I knit because I like doing it, and I archive because it’s all I know how to do. Through a joyously queer practice and my interest in everything about the web, I look for how memory is maintained, preserved, and transmitted. The spaces between memory’s spaces (what we forget) become the raw material out of which I create alternative pasts, infinite presents, and futures that don’t exist.
In the manner of a virtual urban expedition, stitch by stitch I weave my web out of abandoned pages and cover fallen walls with colourful graffiti—a way of saying I am here, I was here, I will always be here. I have tread in your steps.
Agence Augmentée is a research-creation project that focuses on how artistic knowledge emerges by putting into action artistic methods or works and theoretical publications so as to explore different forms of agency. This notion is defined as an entity’s capacity to act and transform or affect the world, things, and beings. Rather than examining agency as a multilateral transformative action of reality and the many entities that constitute it, it is explored by observing whether the interactions between the entities can generate new conceptual or artistic material that exceeds the agents involved. For this iteration, Alexandre St-Onge invited three artists-researchers to address these questions in a unique way.
Two half-moons become extensions of the performer’s body. Two luminous arches move in the space, activated by a woman who rocks and shakes them. The slightest shudder makes a sound, produced by the balls circulating in the tubes of each half-circle. Sometimes, gravity affects the balls and they react with great energy. The half-moons transform into insect, flag, necklace, geometry, pendulum, and almost moon.
Georges Azzaria / serie One
Caroline Gagné / serie One
in the foundation of the Meduse cooperative.
30 SECONDS FOR 30 YEARS: To help celebrate Avatar’s 30th anniversary, some of the hourly introductions at the top of every hour will be interrupted by 30 second interventions by artists who have (or have had) a close connection to the organization. The prompt for their contribution was the subtitle to the event ‘Sommes Sonnes’ [Are Sounded]. The artists are:
Pierre-André Arcand (hour 3) – Gilles Arteau (hour 9) – Magali Babin (hour 3) – Guillaume Côté (hour 7) – Chantal Dumas (hour 11) – Philip Gagnon (hour 4) – Renée Gagnon (hour 8) – Mylène Lauzon (hour 8) – Nathalie LeBlanc (hour 10) – Mériol Lehman (hour 12) – Émile Morin (hour 2) – Carole Siciak (hour 6)– Laetitia Sonami (hour 12) – Félix Tremblay (hour 7).