Semana Francófona (Chili)
In 2004, Manif d’art, in collaboration with LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE, presented a program of Canadian video in the context of the Semana FrancÃ³fona in Chili. The video program was part of cultural activities presented from March 15 to 21, 2004 in several Chilean cities. Under the theme of the city, the many countries that participated celebrated the international francophone community and its values through a variety of means. For its part, Manif d’art and LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE presented a video program of work by nine creators at Centro Arte Alameda in Santiago, Chili on March 17, 2004 and the Intendance Régionale in Valparaiso, Chili on March 18, 2004.
- Rumeurs ( Groupe Kiwistiti, Quebec, Canada, ONF prod., 2003, 6 min. 30 )
- 12 Hours ( Rachel Echenberg, Quebec, Canada, 2001, 7 min. 48 )
- 7,163 mètres ( Paul Landon, Quebec, Canada, 1998, 2 min. 20 )
- Citérieur ( Boris Firquet, Quebec, Canada, 2003, 14 min. 36 )
- Le Temps qui détruit tout ( Patricia Pelletier et Marie-Claude Hébert, Quebec, Canada, 2002, 3 min. 30 )
- Barricades ( Istvan Kantor, Ontario, Canada, 1992, 11 min. )
- Démocratie ( Sébastien Pesot, Quebec, Canada, 2002, 5 min. 30 )
- Duberrrger ( Nicholas Bolduc, Quebec, Canada, 2001, 4 min. 09 )
- World Trade Opera ( Alain Pelletier, Quebec, Canada, 2003, 29 min. 30 )
[ …The city. A real entity that we can analyze, study and criticize. Or simply live, like several among us. The city is built, and demolished. It is difficult to immobilize. It is made for moving, circulating, walking, advancing. At the risk of turning in circles and running out of breath. To stop and take its pulse is the role of artists. It lasts 12 hours, the time of an almost extreme performance. The city: we talk about it ; address it through poetry because we love it ; but also because it can be hard. Apparently, we rarely see its bright side. We live in it, but too often on the run, between demonstration, repression and war. Does peace live on the periphery, a few steps from the brouhaha, in suburban calm ? ]
Put together by Claude Bélanger, Jean Mailloux and François Vallée.
Total Lenght : 1 h 25 min.
Groupe Kiwistiti, Québec, Canada, prod. ONF, 2003, 6 min. 30
Summer in a tourist town: a man is found lying on the street. A crowd forms around him. What happened ? Everyone reacts in a personal way, but no one thinks of helping him. Big cities reflected in a feverish and colourful social satire.
â€œKiwistiti’ ? Sounds like the cross between a kiwi and a ouistiti. In fact, it is a Québec City collective founded in 1998 by four versatile young artists active in the production and creation of animated films. Francis Desharnais is a draftsman and graphic artist; Annie Frenette is a producer, assistant director and colourist; Frédéric Lebrasseur and Philippe Venne are soundscape musicians. True jacks-of-all-trades, they participate in every stage of creation. Their combined talents result in the surprising chemistry known as Kiwistiti.
Rachel Echenberg, Québec, Canada, 2001, 7 min. 48
A woman walks down the street on a cold winter morning. Suddenly, she stops and remains immobile for the rest of the day. The world bustles around her—passers-by and cars. Some stop, including the police. Eyes closed, she is imperturbable. Her immobility is grasped from the passing of the day : 12 hours of action, and non-action.
Rachel Echenberg is a performance and multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the relationship between private and public space. Although active in the collective Performance Play Group, she has also participated in artist residencies and workshops in Québec and the United States. Since 1992, her performances and videos have been presented at exhibitions, symposiums and art festivals throughout Canada as well as in Switzerland, France, Poland, Italy, Spain and Japan.
Paul Landon, Québec, Canada, 1998, 2 min. 20
â€œThis video represents my participation in the collaborative project entitled Lettres vidéos, set up between Vidéographe in Montréal and ACJ in Brussels. 7,163 mètres was a response to a video letter from Arno Monck of Brussels. The video is composed of a series of panoramic and still views as seen from my studio, starting with a shot of a window showing us the rooftops of Montréal. The title refers to the distance between my desk and the window.’ Paul Landon
Paul Landon was born in England in 1961. He completed a graduate degree in visual art from the Jan van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands and holds a master’s degree in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montréal, where he lives. His articles and essays on contemporary art and media art have been published in catalogues and in magazines such as Parachute and ETC Montréal. Since 1984, he has devoted himself to experimental video and since 1988, to sound and video installations. For several years, his work has addressed the idea of landscape as a social and psychological construction and has been presented around the world. Paul Landon teaches video and installation at the school of visual and media arts of Université du Québec à Montréal.
Boris Firquet, Québec, Canada, 2003, 14 min. 36
Armchairs spiral in an architectural space reconstructed by the artist, in which furniture becomes rooms. Urban spaces decompose in the fog of winter torpor. The madman watches us, a TV remote in his head and the world at his feet. Shut up in an asylum, high on his balcony, he sees us flaked out in front of our domestic screens. A cry of Justice from the shut-in city of his own interior. Violence is deaf but destroys the children who weep the mystery that is killing them.
Boris Firquet is a video artist, editor, cameraman, VJ, computer graphist and multimedia creator. He has been interested in experimental video since 1988 and in live video on stage since 1996. His work has been shown internationally. Involved in artist-run centres, he practices live video with improvising electronic musicians. He has also collaborated with several artists and centres in Québec City as an artist, creator and consultant for productions in video, the Internet, CD-ROM, audio-art, multidisciplinary theatre, performances and interactive media installations. He considers himself to be self-taught despite forays into institutions offering programs in visual arts, photography, video and multimedia.
LE TEMPS QUI DÉTRUIT TOUT
Patricia Pelletier et Marie-Claude Hébert, Québec, Canada, 2002, 3 min.30
The psychological delirium of a young woman evoking strange lunatic memories.
Patricia Pelletier and Marie-Claude Hébert each hold a graduate degree in art from Université Laval. Together, they created the video Thëmepeau, which won the 2001 jury award in the experimental category of the competition Vidéaste recherché•e (Québec). Their joint work has been presented at several festivals in Canada and abroad, particularly at the Festival du Cinéma francophone in Acadia (New Brunswick); Instants vidéo de Manosque (France); the Tokyo Video Festival (Japon) and Colima (Mexico) in the context of a retrospective program of Vidéaste recherché•e.
Istvan Kantor, Ontario, Canada, 1992, 11 min.
On June 3, 1991, the NYPD encircled the legendary Tompkins Square Park in the Lower East Side, expulsing the homeless and their sympathizers and surrounding the park with a barricade. The artist added computer-generated animations and acoustic performances to images of the barricade in order to condemn the absurdity of contemporary societies. For Istvan Kantor, this sinister episode of urban life is seen as an indication of an approaching apocalypse.
Istvan Kantor, alias Amen, alias Monty Cantsin, is the founder of Neoism. He works in several creative fields: concerts, robotics, installation, sound, music and new media. In addition to presenting his work at many international festivals, Kantor participated in Video Sonority at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and at the Cent jours d’art contemporain in Montréal in 1993. His work was also presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1989 and at Documenta 8 in Kassel in 1987. In November 2002, Pleasure Dome presented a retrospective of his video and performance work in Toronto. His favoured subjects are the decline of technology and the individual’s struggle against a society dominated by technology. Kantor has lived in Budapest, Paris, Montréal and New York. He currently lives in Toronto.
Sébastien Pesot, Québec, Canada, 2002, 5 min. 30
An experimental video, a testimony to the repression engendered by economic globalization and its repercussions on democracy. Filmed in Québec City at the Summit of the Americas in April 2001.
Sébastien Pesot is a founding member of Perte de Signal, whose board he chairs. In 1996, he earned an undergraduate degree in art history from Université de Montréal and in 1999, a graduate degree in visual and media arts from Université du Québec à Montréal. His latest work has been shown in twenty countries in a hundred festivals and events, including the Tampere International Short Film Festival (Finland), the Wro 01 and Wro 03 media art biennials (Poland) and Chroma (Mexico), where he received the people’s choice award for best video. His work proposes an altered electronic universe where reality is represented through visual metaphors.
Nicholas Bolduc, Québec, Canada, 2001, 4 min. 09
Second suburb in a probable series of four.
Nicolas Bolduc has been technical director at La Bande Vidéo since 1999. He has also been a production director for several cultural events or shows such as the competition Vidéaste recherché•e, the Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation Musicale de Québec, Manif d’art 2, and tours of Mononc’Serge and Fred Fortin. He created four video monobands that have been shown in Québec, Canada and abroad.
WORLD TRADE OPERA
Alain Pelletier, Québec, Canada, 2003, 29 min. 30
8 minutes 50 seconds. We have emitted 375,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Trees have 171,000 tons of oxygen. This road film exposes the state of the world through a chronology of planetary processes. A multilingual work, the author explores the expressive possibilities of digital tools to produce a sight and sound incantation that hangs between global perspectives and micro-perceptions; between the communication of meaning and incomprehensible saturation.
Alain Pelletier is a multidisciplinary artist. He has been remarked as an actor in the United Kingdom. He has danced in Japan under the direction Min Tanaka. As a visual artist, he has twice exhibited at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. His work, shown at many international festivals, has received several awards: the CICV award for Faux fluids at the Manifestation International Video et Art électronique (Montréal, 1993); the best short feature award for Faust Médusé at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (1995); the best short feature award at the FCMM in Montréal; the Prix Vidéoformes at the festival Vidéoformes; the best animation award at the Reeling Film Festival in Chicago, and the jury’s special mention for Die Dyer at the VideoArt Festival in Locarno (1999). Alain Pelletier lives and works in Montréal.
We would like to thank the artists, the Canadian Embassy, the Ministère des Relations internationales (Québec), ArTeK, the National Film Board of Canada, Vidéographe, Perte de Signal and La Bande Vidéo.