Social Habitat

4 March 2017, 19:00 - 4:00

  • Installations : 4 March 2017, 19:00 - 22:00
  • Performances : 4 March 2017, 22:00 - 4:00
  • Kenny Wong
  • Nicolas Lapointe
  • Rob Feulner
  • Elysia Crampton
  • Bambii
  • Abyss X
  • Frankie Teardrop

Never Apart and Eastern Bloc have teamed up once again for this year’s edition of Nuit blanche. Using Expo ’67 as a guiding programming principle, “Social Habitat” is a nod to Habitat ‘67 and the environments in which we inhabit and navigate as communal beings participating in social production.


Given the themes of “modernism’’and “futurism’’ in the days of Expo ’67, the cultural climate specific to that era serves as inspiration to curate a show which is also modernist in approach: one that is motivated not only by art and technology, but by a political and social agenda, which it seeks to push.

The line-up of installations and performances is made up of artists whose work is at the threshold of the musical avant-garde, one which has become ever more gender-blurring and political. Through the evening's program, we will speak to modern ideas of gender identity, globalism, digitalism, the Internet, and more, through a celebration of art driven by positive action, agency, and inclusivity.

As part of Nuit blanche à Montréal in coproduction with Never Apart. 


Installations

KENNY WONG

Kinetic Video Installation // Undermine represents the psychological condition of the artist. Together, the sculptural machine contrasts and balances a disturbing physical movement with the slow pace of a natural body movement. Undermine plays on the balance of attraction and repulsion, on spin and counter-spin, and the sense of dangerousness and fragility. As a work it represents the constant maladaptive psychological status of the individual, in the constant act of balancing.

NICOLAS LAPOINTE

Kinetic sculptural installation // Simultaneously suggestive of drone and satellite, Regard des mages probes the connections between objecthood, materiality, and the digital artefact. Functioning as both digital circumambulation and three-dimensional map, the work offers what appears to be a window into digital space, bringing the ontology of the digital object to the fore while questioning our relationship to virtual environments

ROB FEULNER

Video installation // Mimicking the federally-funded travelogues and documentaries of Expo 67, Man and His Progress attempts to distinguish the concept of '’progression'’ from the action of '’time passing’’. Four streams of Expo 67 footage play the marvels of Québecois production and list the updated statistics of Canada's humanitarian and scientific efforts. Meanwhile, the perspective of the video signal becomes askew, as does our perspective of what progression means in a capitalist system.


Performances 

ELYSIA CRAMPTON

Live performance // A self-described “Trans-Evangelist,” Bolivian-American Elysia Crampton explores Latinx culture, queer identity and its historic roots, subversion of macho cultural tropes and South American spirituality. Her second album, Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City was released last summer and included collaborations with Rabit, Why Be, Lexxi and Chino Amobi.

BAMBII

Performance // Kirsten Azan, baptized Bambii, is one of Canada’s most compelling new DJs. Whether online or on dancefloors, her political and musical vernacular give credence to dance music’s ever expanding reach, the relationships it helps forge between individuals, cultures and spaces. This last year has taken her across Europe with Mykki Blanco and to festival stages at WayHome, TIME, Igloofest and Piknic Electronik. At home in Toronto, her event series JERK is still hitting capacity, still D.I.Y. and still true to its roots. Elsewhere, her work has been publicized in Complex, THUMP, NOW and The FADER. 

ABYSS X

Live performance // 2016 found the Cretan-born, New York-based artist, who produces and performs as Abyss X, with two releases: the highly esoteric EP Mouthed on Rabit's imprint Halcyon Veil and the riotous mini album Nüshu via prestigious club label Infinite Machine. Her highly performative live sets are often described as aggressive and disruptive.

FRANKIE TEARDROP

Performance // Frankie Teardrop is a DJ, producer, and promoter in Montréal's underground queer party scene. Teardrop runs both LIP, an on-going after hours that takes place at venues throughout the city and Slut Island (with their partner Ethel Eugene)— a queer and feminist D.I.Y. festival and booking project that showcases queer and female-identified musicians and DJs.

4 March 2017, 19:00 - 4:00

  • Installations : 4 March 2017, 19:00 - 22:00
  • Performances : 4 March 2017, 22:00 - 4:00