Cosmic Deliquescence

Olivia Lathuillière


Olivia Faye Lathuillière will take part in the third edition of the Avatar-MUTEK production residency.
Selected by the jury, the artist will pursue the development of Cosmic Deliquescence at Avatar.

Cosmic Deliquescence is a work in progress at the crossroads of physical science and choreography of materials and energy that obey universal laws. In this piece, a magnetic fluid is trapped in a frame, as a reflection, where a shadow is manipulated to act as an exercise in shaping the representation of the self and the human, between mutation, attraction, and fusion in its cosmological reflection. The research consists in developing the physicality of matter to use it as a visual choreographic element and by converting magnetic variations into sound. All bodies attract each other whether they are terrestrial or celestial. Gravitation is not a real force but rather a phenomenon caused by a deformation of space and time by the masses. Cosmic Deliquescence raises the question of our relationship to post-humanism and the anthropocentric approach we have with space-time.

This project is created during the MUTEK-Avatar production residency in August 2022.

Created by Olivia Faye Lathuillière
Length 35 min
Year 2022-23


Sonification et installation sonore : Olivia Faye Lathuillière | Programmation numérique : Alexandre Pariseau, Sonia Paço-Rocchia | Composition de L’Environnement sonore : Catherine Debard | Co-conception et assemblage sonore : Catherine Debard, Olivia Faye Lathuillière | Soutien à la production : Sarah Coupal | Remerciements : La fabrique de théâtre insolite de Trois-Rivières, Jean-Marie Gagnon, et toute l’équipe d’AVATAR <3.

Event: 27th of August 22:15, Festival MUTEK Montréal 23

Olivia-Faye Lathuillière centers her approach on the body and its intimate relationship with the environment. She created installations and sound sculptures, then progressively moved to performing arts. Bodies, objects in motion and the ephemeral are among the concepts that systematically emerge from her work, whether material or scenic. Constantly shifting from installations to performances, video and photography, her art has been showcased internationally at a number of festivals and galleries. In 2016, she founded EQUIVOC, a company creating contemporary art, sound installations and immersive choreographic explorations.The artist also produces and directs music videos for Montréal’s independent music scene, most notably for Chevalier Avant Garde, Hélène Barbier, ItchySelf and YlangYlang.

Launched in the year 2000, MUTEK is dedicating itself to the presentation of live electronic music and real-time audiovisual performance, making it one of the rare outlets in North America for such innovations. After 20 years, the festival’s future-seeking mandate has matured—and while the promise has in many ways caught up with the present—its commitment to the ongoing mutations and variations of contemporary digital creativity remain, with its eyes and ears still fixated on what comes next.

The festival extends now to 6 days and nights—and integrates the professional Forum into the architecture of the week to enrich conversations and encounters with current technologically driven practices and philosophies. Plugged into a global circuit since inception, creating an international rendezvous for artists and publics alike, the festival thrives on creating a context for discovery and exchange. Faithful to its values of inclusion and accessibility, MUTEK is committed to a more equitable and representative programming of all diversities, in particular through the Amplify initiative.

It also magnifies Montréal, not just as its urban backdrop, but as the source of so much of its creative soul; the local is always elevated in dialogue with exceptional artists from around the world.

MUTEK has built a unique model over the years that has proven seductively exportable. Tentacles stretch across 4 continents, to 6 other cities now, with each satellite adapting the festival’s template of values as a means to inspire new ways of engaging with the richness of electronic and digital artistry.

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