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Cinémavatar Avatar (2016)

In 2013 and 2016, three performance between sound art and cinema by Avatar

Avatar invites the public to an encounter between sound art and cinema, pairing instrument artists and performers with excerpts from art-house and historical films made silent for the occasion

- October 16, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. - Le Cercle, 228 rue St-Joseph Est, Québec City
- May 31, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. - Morrin Centre, 44 avenue des Écossais in Québec City, as part of the Pan-Canadian Media Arts Impulsion/ Impulse
- September 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. - Quartier général PHOS, 215 avenue Saint-Jérôme in Matane, as part of the PHOS  festival 

CINÉMAVATAR gathers together seven artists and six performances, five film excerpts and an unprecedented work by filmmaker John Blouin, whose explorations have a particular focus on the staging of the screening processes and apparatuses. Avatar poses the challenge of creating works that reveal the magic and poetic power of sound, in its most direct relation to the image and to the object that it stems from. With their various backgrounds, all guest artists stand out for their research and exploration that adopt different forms other than music.

Georges Azzaria is showcasing an apparatus made from a slice of a grand piano, onto which are mounted speakers that alternate between stillness and motion. For the occasion, the artist is inviting Léonard Azzaria to make use of the remaining part of the piano. Sophie Castonguay is teaming up with Mathieu Marcoux, an electroacoustic music composer, and revisiting a performative apparatus in which she is staging the viewers’ words. Working in the fields of music, electroacoustic, installation and performance, Patrice Coulombe has prepared actions that mostly focus on a highjacking of technologies that exacerbates their dysfunctions. Chantal Dumas’ work involves a participative dimension through staging, playing, and live experiencing, as she addresses creation like an art of sensory contact. Finally, clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and sound artist Philippe Lauzier is presenting a multitrack streaming of audio samples and a live instrumental performance. 

One by one, these seven artists are weaving a live soundtrack using a film excerpt from the historical repertoire that they have been assigned. To close the evening, a film performance by John Blouin is giving impulsion to a collective improvisation.

Selected film excerpts:
- Newsreels: Hindenburg Crash, 1937 by United States. Army Air Forces
- In the Suburbs, 1957 by On Film, Inc.
- The Color of Pomegranates, 1968 by Sergej Paradžanov
- Hour of the Wolf, 1968 by Ingmar Bergman
- The Orchestra, 1990 par Zbig Rybczynski (courtesy of the artist)
- Tropismes - Saw Video, 2013 by Pierre Hébert (courtesy of the artist)

Photo at the top : © Charles-Frédérick Ouellet
Photos at the bottom : © La Bande Vidéo - Ricardo Savard (courtesy of La Bande Vidéo)

Photo : Ricardo Savard
Photo : Ricardo Savard
Photo : Ricardo Savard
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