5 February - 5 March 2018
Eastern Bloc is pleased to host Claude Périard and her project "Holy Numbers" for a creation and production residency.
Artistic Statement // As a multidisciplinary artist and musician, Périard aims to create connections between visual and aural mediums. She articulates her creations around political contexts or different concepts. Using open source softwares combined with a low-tech approach rather than cutting-edge technology, her rough-textured aesthetics transform and produce new shapes. In her recent new media, sound, and visual works, we identify a minimalist exploration with reduced elements. Périard’s philosophically rather than politically engaged art, is expressed via visual and aural “images” (often abstract) aiming to “touch” the spectator and make them think.
Eastern Bloc sincerely thanks Media@McGill for its support as partner of this residency. Media@McGill is a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture.
Her installation « Holy Numbers » will be presented to the audience on March 3rd, 2018, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Nuit Blanche's event. Come to meet her and ask about the technical process she used for her piece.
Project Description // "Holy Numbers" is a multimedia installation transforming stock exchange values onto harmonic synthetic sounds in real time, by the diffusion of sound through a steel acoustic wave transducer. While the stock exchange values fluctuate slightly, the results are transmuted into drone-like sounds with mild and slow tonal changes, with reference to La Monte Young’s timber variations work. Originally the word “timbre” means “bell“, and so Périard uses 8 bells triggered by electronic motors relying on an arduino algorithm language to produce the work. Just as the artist herself, the work displays an ironic attitude towards this financial system where neophytes only see numbers with no meaning. She aims to produce a distancing effect by keeping us away from this powerful gambling system that remains hermetic to many of us. The bells are meant to symbolize spirituality and the collective, and for the artist, nowadays, the collective is seen as atomized into individuality and spirituality has since been replaced by capitalist success. Holy Numbers is therefore a call and a meditation.
Bio // An eclectic and eternally curious being, Claude Periard first belonged to the musical world. She awoke her interest for sound as a medium while studying classical piano. She has released a dozen music albums, published essays, short stories and poems in independent publications, and exhibited her paintings and sculptures. In 2017, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in electroacoustic studies at the University of Montreal and since has increasingly oriented her practice towards video, sound art and multimedia installation. A multiform creature, Périard is always eager to explore and her desire to provoke reflection fuels the political, philosophical, and feminist qualities of her work.
**Transducer: A device that converts energy from one form to another. Usually a transducer converts a signal in one form of energy to a signal in another
**Arduino: An open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software that designs and manufactures single-board microcontrollers and microcontroller kits for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control objects in the physical world