Babbling/sounding/noising cubes

Béchard Hudon

Installation / 2005

Initiated at Avatar in 2005 under the impetus of a work commissioned by artistic director Émile Morin, the project proposed to the Béchard Hudon to create a sound installation in the format of a CD box.

Babbling/sounding/noising cubes are objects made of wood, pleasant to the touch, that one holds in ones hands and turns them in all directions to discover their contents. Wood as the choice of material intentionally contrasts the metal and plastic aesthetic typical of electronic devices. Babbling/sounding/noising cubes contain a multitude of sounds — fragments of life and of time-space that can be mixed and combined together. In the course of manipulating the cubes, unexpected and unpredictable sound associations and entanglements are created that one can model as one pleases. In the process, brief and fugitive stories are made and undone, reinvented every time, starting from an object, tactile, visual, and sonorous. 


Catherine Béchard and Sabin Hudon are interdisciplinary artists based in Montreal. Béchard has an MA in Visual and Media Arts from the Université du Québec à Montréal and Hudon has a music formation.

They have exhibited widely, notably at the Triennale Banlieue at la Maison des arts de Laval, the Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine in Trois-Rivières, at the MA Musée d’art in Rouyn-Noranda, the Centre d’exposition Lethbridge and Ellephant Gallery as part of the International Digital Art Biennial in Montreal, the Mois Multi in Quebec city, the Knockdown Center in Brooklyn, in the context of the event Quebec Digital Art in NYC, at the Device Art Triennal in Zagreb and at the National art Museum of China during the exhibition ThingWorld: International Triennal of New Media Art. Béchard and Hudon also produced permanent public works in Quebec.

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