France Jobin and Markus Heckmann will present Entanglement AV and XR at Mutek MX
IMPORTANT: doors open at 18:30 and access will be allowed until 03:00.
Nocturne 360 is the most intense and diverse program of the MUTEK MX experience. With infinite universes contained in a single venue, Nocturne 360s rooms, installations and passageways will be transformed through the visions and experiments from artists and creators from all over.
This mega convergence of up-and-coming and renowned artists will take us on an exciting 360 tour that will go from virtual reality and immersive experiences, to cathartic dance sessions with the most challenging producers. In addition to the artists who will take on the different stages, Nocturne 360 will showcase the globally distinctive ambience and light design of the MUTEK experience.
Ryoichi Kurokawa, France Jobin & Markus Heckmann, RAMZi, Flabbergast, Line Katcho
For over 20 years, MUTEK has been dedicated to showcasing live electronic music and real-time audiovisual performances in Montreal, making it one of the few venues in North America where such innovation occurs. MUTEK has built a unique model over the years that has proven to be alluringly exportable. The tentacles now span four continents and six other cities such as Tokyo, Barcelona or Buenos Aires, with each satellite adapting the festival’s values of inclusion and accessibility to inspire new ways of engaging with the richness of electronic and digital art.
After the cooperation between HYBRID and MUTEK was postponed at short notice in March 2020 and could only take place digitally in March 2021 with thousands of online guests, the first cooperation will finally be live in the Festspielhaus in Hellerau on October 29th, 2022: with Ryoichi Kurokawa, France Jobin & Markus Heckmann, Line Katcho, Flabbergast and RAMZi will guarantee artists who have long been associated with MUTEK an extraordinary evening in the Great Hall of the Festpielhaus.
8:00 p.m. Subassemblies – Ryoichi Kurokawa
9:15 p.m. Entanglement – France Jobin & Markus Heckmann
France was guest composer at EMS 24 October – 2 November, 2022
France spent 10 days working with the Buchla 200, the Serge, the nord modulars and the syntrx by Erca Synth. She managed to build a brand new sound bank which will be used for many upcoming album that have ben commissioned.
France Jobin is a sound / installation / artist, film composer, and curator residing in Montreal, whose audio art can be qualified as “sound-sculpture”, reveals a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect. Her installations incorporate both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her work can be “experienced” internationally in a variety of unconventional spaces and new technology festivals.
Jobin has solo recordings on many renowned labels. Her sound art is also part of countless compilation albums. While her music often makes use of restraint and limit, she isn’t one to shy away from extremes. Her skillful interplay between highs and lows, louds and softs, creates an intricate narrative, which stretches the listener’s perception and continually refocuses attention.
In 2021, she presented the world premiere of Entanglement AV with Markus Heckmann at Mutek Edition 22. Influenced by theories in quantum physics since 2008, the pandemic has allowed her time to study and dive into this scientific universe. Entanglement is the first iteration of this large-scale project. In 2020, she composed the soundtrack for Ouroboros – Maxime Le Flaguais’s first short film. In November 2019, she presented her first modular concert (Buchla 100) at the Ernst Krenek Institute in Austria.
She has performed and exhibited at a number of different locations world wide. France Jobin’s work continues to evolve as technologies enable her to create new environments.
She is published by Touch Music/Fairwood Music UK Ltd.
18:00-21:00 | SKEPPET GBG PIERRE-LUC LECOURS & IDA TONINATO [CA], MYRIAM BOUCHER [CA], FRANCE JOBIN & MARKUS HECKMANN [CA/DE] Canadian sound artist Pierre-Luc Lecours and saxophonist Ida Toninato will present their audiovisual performance Inner Seas, which is an audiovisual performance that revolves around the theme of water, where baritone saxophone, modular synthesizer and electric guitar meet. Montreal based sound artist Myriam Boucher presents the work The Tuning of the Fields, a work that tends to evoke those moments of solitude and wonder, and that feeling of suspended time that inhabits us when listening to the song of the crickets, eyes closed, at night, lying in a field. Montreal based artists France Jobin and Markus Heckmann presents the audiovisual work Entanglement, which is an artistic project at the crossroads of scientific research inspired by the concept and properties of entanglement in quantum physics and quantum fields theory.
As a festival presenting cutting-edge audiovisual performances — works that innovate to create a new language of sound and images — we have always strived to accompany artists across new boundaries of technology. 2022 opens up a new chapter for MUTEK, marking our first steps as an Extended Reality (XR) content producer. Five artists have stepped up to the challenge of reinventing a past festival performance into an XR artwork. The result is an eclectic yet coherent set of three different XR projects ranging from contemplative to surreal to dynamic: Entanglement XR by France Jobin & Markus Heckmann, House of Moiré by Chloe Alexandra Thompson & Matthew Edwards (aesthetic.stalemate), and Immortelle by Line Katcho
Published by MUTEK on several online content stores, starting with Steam, the Immersive Collection will also join the catalog ofAstrea,the largest international distributor of immersive productions, and be presented at select festivals and spaces worldwide.
See below for more information about the artists and their projects.
Experience the Immersive Collection in Québec (free) World premiere during the MUTEK Festival: August 23-28 — esplanade Tranquille, Montréal VR Garden Newmont Éléonore at Festival de musique émergente (FME): September 1-4 — FME Hub, Rouyn-Noranda
Download the Immersive Collection onto your VR headset Optimized for Quest 2, Quest + Link, Rift. Publication on Steam coming up in October 2022, the three works can be wishlisted as of now (links below). Publication on further content stores to be announced.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Entanglement – France Jobin & Markus Heckmann
Entanglement is a dazzling work that distills quantum physics theories into a swooping sensorial experience. It interprets the concept of entanglement: when two or more particles link up, and no matter how far apart they are in space, their states remain linked. It is an uncanny phenomenon in quantum physics, one that defies explanations.
The piece oscillates between four theories: the fluidity of time, the multiverse, the Copenhagen interpretation and decoherence. These complex notions are translated into a visually and sonically stunning experience guided by science, technology, and the sensitivity needed to illustrate what cannot be visualized. The viewer contemplates these revolving realms, composed of intricate graphics and audio.
France JobinCA/QC is an audio and installation artist, as well as composer and curator. Markus HeckmannDE/CA is a visual artist and Technical Director at Derivative, the maker of TouchDesigner
“We started by asking artists to adapt their work for VR but in the end its not an adaptation, they are like new pieces that will have their own life, three parallel universes that we dive in.”
– Alain Mongeau, MUTEK artistic director
House of Moiré – Chloe Alexandra Thompson & Matthew Edwards
House of Moiré invites users into a void-like realm, where one’s experience is defined by the curiosity of their eyes and ears. In self-directed exploration, the viewer advances through a succession of rooms dressed in optical patterns, audio-visual programming, and minimalist spatial design. The result is an odd and inquisitive trip through transforming sonic and visual architecture. House of Moiré is the culmination of various iterations of Moiré, a series of A/V works which employ custom audio software, depth cameras, motion capture, and interactive design principles to investigate psycho-acoustics and sensory illusion.
Chloe Alexandra ThompsonCA/US and Matthew EdwardsUS(aka aesthetic.stalemate) are interdisciplinary artists and collaborators. Chloe is a composer and sound designer interested in the physicality of sound and mediation of technology in installation and performance, and Matthew blends installation art, performance and virtual reality.
“I had no idea what I was getting myself into, which is something I like. If I’m in the unknown, I’m happy.”
– France Jobin, artist
Immortelle – Line Katcho
Immortelle is an atmospheric and figurative work illustrating the flights and falls of psychological endurance. Featuring a cathartic flux of sonic and visual fragments, this unpredictable piece opens a door onto how a mind in internal turmoil redefines the outside world. The viewer travels through different scenes and seasons, paves through evocative empty structures, wades through waves and mountain peaks, encounters a presence in a vacuum.
Immortelle evokes how visceral perceptions of our environment mirror our own transformations, showing both the softer and fiery sides of a fighter spirit.
Line KatchoCA/QC is a composer and audiovisual artist primarily interested in sound and image as demonstrations of kinetic matter. Through motion and gestures, she aims at creating a provocative sensory experience, leaving the viewer charged yet liberated.
Entanglement is an artistic project at the crossroads of scientific research inspired by the concept and properties of entanglement in quantum physics and quantum fields theory. The sources of inspiration of France Jobin and Markus Heckmann are based on the two current dominant theories explaining quantum entanglement: the Copenhagen interpretation and the multiverse (quantum decoherence). In addition to these two theories, there is the fluidity of time and the principle of quantum entanglement. The Entanglement performance is inspired by the same theories; an ambitious immersive experience that will be presented at Index 2022.
France Jobin, artista del sonido y la instalación, compositora y curadora de arte, se dedica a crear instalaciones que incorporan elementos musicales y visuales que exploran el espacio arquitectónico de los lugares que interviene. Sus obras transitan entre lo analógico y lo digital y configuran una experimentación con el sonido y la imagen.
Jobin presentará en Casa del Lago UNAM un workshop que tiene como objetivo que las y los asistentes desarrollen una nueva sensibilidad ante los sonidos de su entorno para crear una pieza sonora. También impartirá una master class en la que expondrá una introducción a su trabajo y hablará de la importancia de los medios visuales y del sonido. Por último, presentará una instalación diseñada especialmente para la Casa del Lago.
El objetivo del curso es que los estudiantes desarrollen una nueva sensibilidad ante los sonidos que hay a su alrededor y sean capaces de crear una obra sonora que comunique algo de su interés con grabaciones de campo. Durante el primer día se hablará del desarrollo del proyecto para posteriormente grabar los sonidos que llamen su atención. Durante el segundo día usarán los audios para montar un track de un minuto que constituya una pieza sonora.
Viernes 22 y sábado 23 de abril, 2022 | 10:00 Sala Rosario Castellanos
Masterclass: La música del sonido
Después de hacer una breve introducción de su trabajo, el objetivo de esta master class es entender cómo estamos programados para aprender sobre la música y la importancia de los medios visuales y de sonido. Durante la presentación, France Jobin ilustrará su exposición con algunos ejemplos de escenas de películas como Full Metal Jacket y Terminator.
Miércoles 27 de abril, 2022 | 12:00 a 14:30 Foro Alicia Urreta
Instalación sonora inmersiva
Durante la residencia, France Jobin recorrerá la Casa del Lago para crear una instalación sonora minimalista a partir de su propia exploración del recinto universitario. El día de la inauguración Jobin presentará su trabajo e interactuará con el público asistente.
Sábado 30 de abril, 2022 | 12:00 Espacio sonoro
¿Cuándo? Del 22 al 30 de abril, 2022 Entrada libre, cupo limitado
Here is what Foxy Digitalis has to say about my remix:
The opening track on Robert Takahashi Crouch’s last album, Jubilee, is the 19-minute “A Ritual,” culled from a longer, two-hour improvisational piece. For Ritual Variations, out on May 6 via Room40, he commissioned seven friends and artists to use the original two-hour recording as source material for further investigations and contemplations on the intimate nature of the music. The entire release is fantastic, but France Jobin’s stunning 37-minute “A Ritual / For a Daydream” stands out.
Few artists create longform works as enveloping and engaging as Jobin. On “A Ritual / For a Daydream,” she gently pushes open the sound structures of the original to let the daylight pour in. Where Crouch’s original captures a deeply personal exchange between two people, Jobin builds a world where can all find connection and communion. Glacial tones are infused with grit and stretched across delicate architecture to create gossamer sound webs that hold us close together. It’s a beautiful treatise on how the most intimate aspects of sound can be building blocks for deeper, wider bonds.
Ritual Variations is available to pre-order from Room 40 HERE and will be released on May 6 with reworks from France Jobin, Lawrence English, Yann Novak, and more.
My last album opens with a piece called A Ritual. I think of this piece as a somewhat aggressive, long-form meditation on intimacy and ecstasy. There’s a reason I think about it like this.
The 19 minutes that comprise the track were taken from a much longer recording; a 2 hour improvisation I performed privately for my partner, Yann Novak. Performance is always a personal experience, even when offered communally, but this particular performance was very much about a shared moment, in an environment that foregrounded the personal. The low, undulating frequencies in the piece underscore a sense of the physical for me. I’d like to think it’s a work that dwells on upon the vibrational qualities of sound, and offers a respite within its mesh of rich harmonics, pushing a listener towards the ecstatic.
For Ritual Variations, I reached out to friends and artists whose work I respect and admire for various reasons. I gave these seven artists, including my partner, access to the original 2 hour recording and invited them to create new compositions using it as source material. It was a chance for them to also consider the private, intimate nature of the recording itself.
Once again this year, the festival will transform the incomparable setting of the Antiga Fàbrica de Estrella Damm into a great sound and visual experience with Carmen Villain (NO), Bendik Giske (NO), Marina Herlop (ES), France Jobin & Markus Heckmann (CA/QC), Ryoichi Kurokawa (JP), aya & Sweatmother (UK), and Nahash (QC/CA).
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Marina Herlop’s universe reaches beauty without renouncing complexity, which makes her one of the most brilliant, restless and interesting composers in our country. After signing with the influential PAN label, Marina has become one of the most interesting and promising artists in our country.
France Jobin and Markus Heckmann premiere their performance ‘Entanglement’, an artistic-scientific project inspired by the concept and properties of entanglement in quantum physics and quantum fields, based on theories such as the interpretation of Copenhagen and the multiverse (quantum decoherence), or the fluidity of time.
For the first time in Spain, the newly released live of aya together with the visuals of Sweatmother. With “im hole” (Hyperdub, 2021), the British artist has signed one of the most personal albums of this year, where not only club music is deconstructed but also language, dialect, gender and sexuality.
Nahash , alias of the artist and producer of labels like SVBKVLT (SHangay), has been for years motivated to generate soundtracks around the idea of the end of the world. He will debut with the A/V show of his album “Flowers Of The Revolution” (2020), a work that he feels really current as it evokes a pre-apocalyptic environment which resembles the world we are living in.
MUTEKES will also collaborate with the excellent Norwegian label, Smalltown Supersound with a showcase of artists from the label which will include Bendik Giske y Carmen Villain.
Giske returns to Barcelona after his successful appearance on MUTEK Connect’s Caterina Barbieri show. Bendik Giske‘s saxophone is a pure extension of his body. It matches the Norwegian composer’s intense physicality; his total vulnerability, joy and artistic expression. Drawing on his own queer perspective, Bendik expands the concept of club music through rhythmically textured compositions and visceral performances.
Under that Latin pseudonym hides Carmen Hillestad, a half-Norwegian, half-Mexican artist and producer who has spent the last 9 years and 4 albums gently unravelling the song into the sound of emotional momentum. Carmen Villain arrives at MUTEK Barcelona 2022 with her fourth album under her arm. It is ‘Only Love From Now On’, a work also released by Smalltown Supersound in February 2022 that presents Villain’s aesthetic blossoming into something unexpected, benevolent in its composure and totally exuberant in its sensuality.
The Japan Foundation is joined by artist Ryuichi Kurokawa presenting for the first time in Barcelona his work. “assembly / subassemblies”, a project co-produced in 2019 by LOXOSconcept (Matera 2019), MUTEK, Stereolux/Scopitone and TodaysArt, in which he investigates the relationship between nature and the impact of human activity through an architectural scale perspective: ruins, buildings invaded by nature, badly preserved architectures that overlap and are dynamically rebuilt. The aim is not only to broaden the perception of floating between nature and man-made, but also between abstract and concrete phenomena through their transition, destruction and renaturalization.
*France & Markus are part of the delegation of Québec artists that #MUTEKES13 presents as part of the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Treaty of Cooperation between Catalonia and Québec.