Joël Lavoie, Guillaume Vallée
Artists Joël Lavoie and Guillaume Vallée have been selected for the 2023 edition of the Avatar-MUTEK residency. The duo is hosted in the Avatar studios from July 31 to August 25, for the creation of a performance – Champs Vagues, unveiled as a world premiere on Sunday, August 27, 2023 during the MUTEK Édition 24 festival.
Champs vagues is a collaborative audiovisual performance by sound artist Joël Lavoie and experimental filmmaker Guillaume Vallée. It is a work in which sound and visual landscapes are manipulated in real time, exploring new hybridizations between digital and analog technologies.
“Our audiovisual proposal is rooted in the desire to establish a new performative language. We use the mediums of film, analog video, magnetic tape and field recording, and articulate these materials through plastic hybridity and digital/analog intermediality. Our creative processes are nourished by this dialogue, allowing us to use technologies described as “obsolete” and digital tools to create a singular, contemporary audiovisual language.
Through multiple variations of 16mm, 35mm and VHS analog images and ethereal industrial sound compositions, the work reflects our own reappropriation of the industrial landscapes that surround us. This new audiovisual reality is a demonstration of the possible, where imagery is transformed by audio interactivity and destroyed by analog and digital glitch. Austerity gradually becomes organic beauty, cosmic landscapes and musical oneirism.”
Creation residency at Avatar (Quebec City): July 31 to August 25, 2023
End-of-residency event: Friday, August 18, 2023, 8pm at Le Pantoum (Quebec City)
Credit: MUTEK | Vivien Gaumand – Credit: Avatar (end-of-residency event) | Charline Clavier
Besides his work as a composer and sound designer for theater and dance, he pursues his career as a sound engineer; a practice that has enabled him to apply his sonic approach to the world of performing arts. His works and collaborations have been heard both in Canada and internationally.