Did you watch that video? It’s a must!
Object Mechanics attests to the conceptual and formal approaches underpinning the work of some members of the Perte de Signal art centre in Montreal. At once a nod and an homage to the first mechanical experiments that gave rise to the birth of sound recording and the cinematograph, among others, the exhibition features digital works whose aesthetics or subjects reveal their underlying mechanical processes. Sometimes making explicit references to historical inventions (such as noise machines, shadow play and the first automata), all the works reflect the discoveries, inventions and processes that have contributed to the development of electronic art so as to better contribute, in turn, to their dissemination.
Through their reinterpretation of current technologies, their sometimes playful formal explorations, and their foregrounding of mechanical processes, the works in Object Mechanics evoke the creative enthusiasm of artists wanting to make their mark in a new and evolving artistic field. The works thus make a link between past and future technical and artistic research, while showcasing the polymorphic and multimedia work of current artists and researchers, whose production goes well beyond the digital sphere with more extensive explorations of materials and instrumentality. From the past to the present, haven’t inanimate objects that slowly come to life always been met with the same wonder? Yet, if the mechanisms of the works were to be meticulously analyzed, their poetry would nevertheless remain an intangible component.
Artists – PAVITRA WICKRAMASINGHE, NICOLAS BERNIER, JONATHAN VILLENEUVE, MARTIN MESSIER, DARSHA HEWITT, SAMUEL ST-AUBIN, MYRIAM BESSETTE +ROBIN DUPUIS
opening 8 Oct
exhibition runs til 8 Nov
8th International Performance Festival “blauverschiebung” with internationally renowned performance artists from Poland, Germany, Canada, England, Austria, Ireland and more.
8 Oct 7.00
The Oval Language, Zierle&Carter, Jörn Burmester, Margaret Dragu, Anja Ibsch
NEWCOMER: Ruth Biene
9 Oct 7.00
Ulrike Rosenbach, Stefanie Trojan, Nigel Rolfe, Angelika Fojtuch
NEWCOMERS: Lala Normada and Maeshelle West-Davies
10 Oct 7.00
Doris Steinbichler, Jürgen Fritz, Hege Meyer
NEWCOMERS: Elisa Haug, Sadie Edginton, Martin Zepter, Maeshelle West-Davies
1.00 Performance-Lecture: Ines Seumel, Translation (ENGLISH): Wednesday Farris
2.00-4.00 Workshop – Presentation
with: Julia Amme, Nadine Karl, Stephi Krah, Lala Normada, Sadie Edginton, Marit van der Woude, Ruth Biene, Nirmala Salom, Felix Scharr, Cara Zellner, Martin Zepter, Birgit Salling Hansen