Device_Art Triennial

23 September - 4 October 2015


Eastern Bloc is sending emerging Canadian and Québécois digital artists to Zagreb, Croatia, for the upcoming Device_art Triennial.

True to its mission to support emerging Canadian digital artists, Eastern Bloc has selected five up-and-coming artists : Myriam Bleau, Erin Gee, Craig Fahner, Nataliya Petkova, Alice Jarry. The Device_art Triennial is produced by KONTEJNER, a Croatian curatorial organization. First initiated in 2004, Device_art exhibits art dealing with devices and robotics. The project is focused on exploring and communicating art that integrates the technological device as an artistic medium in a critically potent, provocative or playful manner.

Spectrales (Alice Jarry) is a kinetic site-specific installation. Knots, unusual tangles and modular geometries are made and unmade via the interaction of elements that reflect a collective dynamic. Time, gravity, mechanical traction and light inform this cumulative work related to spatiality where each stretched wire reshapes the topology of relationships between image, object, movement and space.

Coherer (Craig Fahner) is a spatialized sound installation that facilitates exploration of the aspects of our environment that exist only as invisible signal. As participants enter this field of signals, their presence disrupts the electromagnetic environment, affecting the soundscape that surrounds them. In the absence of viewers, drifting wireless signals sound like sparse cacophonous chatter.

Soft Revolvers (Myriam Bleau) is an audiovisual performance for four spinning tops built with clear acrylic by the artist. Each top is associated with an ‘instrument’ in an electronic music composition and the motion data collected by sensors – placed inside the tops – informs musical algorithms. The interfaces strongly evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip hop and dance music. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music, creating stunning spinning halos.

La mariée remise à nu par le binaire (Nataliya Petkova) is a hybrid performance, where a robotic structure takes over the human vocal system in order to compose coded speech. Acting solely as a complex resonance box, the performer’s body is subjugated to the machine’s will to communicate with mutated generative speech. The work emerged from research on identity, language, translation and media transmutations.

The installation version of Swarming Emotional Pianos (Erin Gee) features video documentation of an actor that silently expresses different emotions. During this video’s recording, Gee also attached biosensors to the actor in order to capture data related to his physiological and emotional state. The video projection is surrounded by a fleet of chime robots activated through this biosensor data. The activation of the robots gives birth to an abstract musical piece that reflects the actor’s control and emotional intensity.

23 September - 4 October 2015