Festival's curator: Esther Bourdages
Esther Bourdages dedicates this festival to the memory of Valérie Lamontagne.
Esther Bourdages works in the visual arts field as a writer and curator. She holds an MA in Art History from Université de Montréal, where she wrote about the Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely and the relationship between sculpture in the broad sense (in situ art, installation) and sound and technological art. Performing under the name Esther B., she plays toy turntables to manipulate vinyl records and audio samples of field recordings to create new sounds. Her practice as a musician centres around improvisation -
to create a raw, non-linear music, punctuated by abstract sounds such as those produced by altering the record. Since 2002 She has organized A Microphone in a Noize Storm, a concert series dedicated to new music. She is actively involved in artist-run-centres and independent structures for many years, such as OPTICA, Quartier Ephemere / Darling Foundry, Agence Topo, Eastern Bloc, Perte de signal and CKUT radio.