Elektra and Mutek to bring Québec's groundbreaking A/V artists to BFI Southbank

Digital Québec will see the UK premiere of eight innovative A/V shows.

BFI Southbank’s regular Sonic Cinema strand (presenting projects “where music and film collide”) has teamed up with Québec electronic arts organisations Elektra and Mutek to present a two-day festival of live audiovisual performances.

At Digital Québec, some of the Canadian province’s most innovative A/V creators will present their work for the first time in the UK. The selection of works represents the intersection of music, sound and digital art, acting as a continuation of the combined Elektra and Mutek 15th anniversary event in Montréal last May.

Among the eight performances, Matthew Biederman and sound artist 4X will blur electronic music and synthetic voices in a piece that explores where perception actually occurs within the senses, while Herman Kolgen presents Seismik, a performance that taps into seismic waves and ground tremors in real-time.

Elsewhere, Dominique t Skoltz will present her new work y2o which studies the subject of “troubled love” (photo above), while Yan Breuleux’s Tempêtes is a series of chaotic, Turner-inspired panoramas soundtracked by cellist Soizic Lebrat.

There’s also Greg Debicki’s Ring Buffer, which explores data-bending by transforming generated 3D shapes into sound, and Myriam Bleau’s performance with four self-built spinning tops. Check out the full listings below.

The programme will also include an International Marketplace for Digital Arts (IMDA), offering free demonstrations to the public on 13 March from 12.30pm to 5.30pm.

Tickets will be available on the BFI website from February 10, and BFI members get priority booking from February 3.

Line-up:

Thursday 12 March
7pm
Dominique t Skoltz: y2o
Known for her filmic explorations into the contrasts between the intimate and clinical, Dominique t Skoltz presents her new work which studies the subject of troubled love with stunning results (29 min).
Yan Breuleux: Tempêtes
Yan Breuleux’s work for this show is inspired by the late work of painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. Presented as a journey through a series of chaotic panoramas undergoing continuous transformations, Tempêtes is created in collaboration with cellist Soizic Lebrat (20 min).

9.15pm
Matthew Biederman & 4X: Physical
Matthew Biederman and sound artist 4X dive deep into the physicality of sound and image perception and ask the question of where perception actually occurs within the senses. The work blurs electronic music and synthetic voices with thrilling effect (35 min).
Herman Kolgen: Seismik + Aftershock
Herman Kolgen has been modelling sumptuous ‘audiocinetic’ sculptures for over twenty years. He presents Seismik, a dazzling, tension-charged performance that taps into seismic waves, frictional resistance and the Earth’s tremor-related phenomena in real-time (40 min + 12 min).

Friday 13 March
7pm
Maotik & Metametric: Omnis
Omnis is a live A/V performance by Maotik & Metametric which takes its inspiration from the concept of ubiquity. Expect a sonic and visual assault that destabilises the senses as the piece explores the limits of space and technology (30 min).
Woulg: Ring Buffer
Montréal-based composer and new media artist Greg Debicki presents Ring Buffer, an A/V performance which explores data-bending by using visual sculpturing software and transforming generated 3D shapes into sound (40 min).

9.30pm
Myriam Bleau: Soft Revolvers
Soft Revolvers is an A/V performance utilising 4 spinning tops, all built by the artist. A hypnotic and original piece that challenges what we consider to be modern live A/V (25 min).
Roger Tellier-Craig & Sabrina Ratté: Le Révélateur
Le Révélateur is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Sabrina Ratté and Roger Tellier-Craig, exploring the creation of abstract architectural structures and electronic landscapes (30 min).

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