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Technical Desserts
Technical Desserts Avatar (2019)

Clip # 3

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Avatar is happy to present the third clip of its Technical Desserts, a whimsical initiative to offer technical advice through the practices of artist members and artists in residency. As they demystify technical processes involved in the creation of installations, mechanisms, and prototypes, the Technical Desserts highlight the equipment and expertise available to artists at Avatar. Unravelling a world of possibilities, the series of clips presents artists’ perspective on technique as a constituent of sound and electronic art.

For the series’ third clip, Avatar has asked interdisciplinary artist and member Diane Landry to play along. Known for her fascinating kinetic installations, the artist reveals her technical tips to make a MIDI adapter for an XLR extension. Sometimes the signal that activates an installation must travel over long distances that exceed the length of MIDI cables allowing data transmission. It is then recommended to use an XLR cable insulated against all electrical interference, of a superior length, up to 50 feet long. With that in mind, Diane Landry makes a MIDI adapter to connect the XLR cable, to ensure the transmission of the MIDI language and the functioning of the installation. She thus presents the various protagonists required to put in practice her technical tip that literally gives life to the work.

About Diane Landry
Born in 1958 in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Diane Landry lives and works in Québec City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the
Université Laval (Québec City) and a master’s degree in visual arts from the Stanford University in California. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and residencies, in Canada, in the United States, in Latin America, in Europe, in China, and in Australia. The Musée d’art de Joliette published the first monography with a retrospective of her work in 2009: Les défibrillateurs. Her first retrospective in the United States, The Cadence of All Things, was presented at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington (North Carolina) in 2013. Recently, she was awarded a prestigious grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York. In 2014, she received the Jean-Paul-Riopelle career grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Landry is represented by the Galerie Michel Guimont (Québec City), the Carl Solway Gallery (Cincinnati, Ohio), and the Vivianeart Gallery (Calgary). (Source: dianelandry.com)
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The Technical Desserts are an original idea of Avatar’s Nathalie LeBlanc. Josiane Roberge has been selected to design and direct the clips. Thanks to the artists and members who have played along!

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