Singulum on LINE

 

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France Jobin
Singulum
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CD + Digital
Edition of 400
February 2016

Returning to LINE after her critically acclaimed 2012’s Valence (LINE_054), France Jobin brings us the four sparse elegant works that comprise Singulum. 

Quantum physics inspires me to draw a parallel between the fundamental building blocs of physics, sounds and music. I put field recordings through a series of editing and manipulation processes which result in very different sounds from their origins. These manipulations affect time, timbre, harmonics and the essence of each sound, whereas composition influences how they relate to each other.

Singulum represents an unattainable goal, the process of decay while conserving a continuation of information.

All sounds recorded at various locations in North America, Europe, and Japan and at EMS (Stockholm) using the Serge and the Buchla 200 modular synthesizers as well as the Nord Modular.

Cover image: Mark Hogben.

Thank you to EMS (Stockholm), Sporobole (Sherbrooke), EMPAC (Troy), Andreas Tilliander, Argeo Ascani, Fabio Perletta (Farmacia 901), Ennio Mazonn (CConfin).
Special thanks to Richard Chartier and Mark Hogben.

TRACKS:
1.  n (16:58)
2.  l (06:30)
3.  m (08:55)
4.  s (13:35)

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review – mirror neurons (DER) – Hawai – CL

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Mirror Neurons on DER
CD + Digital – 500

Release Date April 21, 2015
Cover xx+xy visual

Bonus Video

All orders through DER’s Bandcamp will receive an excerpt of Mirror Neurons.
Visuals :  xx+xy visuals 
Sound : France Jobin and Fabio Perletta

‘Mirror Neurons’ explores the artists’ interest in intersection between science and art, as well as the infinitely small and invisible”. Fragmentos microscópicos dispersos en una gráfica invisible, puntos aislados dispuestos sobre planos ubicados en espacios quietos. La música también es silencio, o al menos una aproximación a él, ruido estático que parece establecerse en un mismo lugar. Sin embargo, ese silencio es en realidad millones de fracciones en movimiento, trozos de sonido que se intersectan en líneas cruzando los diferentes puntos cartográficos. Lo que era vacío es en realidad una infinidad de matices del sonido, múltiples formas auditivas que representan las muchas variables de la composición acústica. Una de las últimas ediciones físicas de Dragon’s Eye es un encuentro entre dos creadores que comparten visiones sobre el sonido, apreciaciones sobre las manifestaciones auditivas que emergen desde ángulos apartados de la estridencia, visiones plasmadas en sus respectivos cuerpos creativos.“France Jobin es una artista sonora y de instalaciones, compositora y curadora residente en Montreal, Canadá. Su arte auditivo puede ser calificado como ‘esculturas de sonido’, revelando un acercamiento minimalista a complejos ambientes sonoros, donde intersectan lo análogo y lo digital. Sus instalaciones expresan un camino paralelo, incorporando tanto elementos visuales como musicales inspirados por la arquitectura de los espacios físicos”. Obras para nonvisualobjects, Room40, ATAK, Murmur. Sus tres trabajos bajo su nombre, posteriores a I8U, han sido revisados en este sitio: “Valence”(LINE, 2010) [184], “The Illusion Of Infinitesimal” (Baskaru, 2014) [326] y “Sans repères” (popmuzik records, 2014) [349]. El primero, donde “el volumen al que son reproducidas las materias de esta obra alcanzan niveles muy bajos, al límite de lo perceptible, y solo con una cuidada atención logran percibirse las ricas capas que quedan subyacentes a la aparente quietud… Se puede tanto escuchar como ver los sonidos que se desplazan a lo largo de los más de mil segundos de esta pieza que comienza a crecer lenta y paulatinamente, como partículas microscópicas que concentran masa y energía alrededor de su núcleo, hasta decantar en un resplandor incandescente, una eclosión tardía de estruendos contenidos. ‘The Illusion Of Infinitesimal’, estas composiciones de France Jobin conforman una enorme obra de ruido digital estático, la ilusión de la quietud en manchas minúsculas y notas que se desvanecen en el silencio”. El segundo, una preciosa obra de estruendos naturales,“fragmentos entrelazados creando un bucle interminable que termina por ser cubierto por la densidad desvanecida de las armonías sintéticas que se vuelven en superficies impolutas con pequeñas manchas de ruido, los restos del polvo estelar que cubren esta otra cara, la arena del río que traspasa la naturaleza fluvial hasta la naturaleza artificial. Al final solo quedarán los remanentes, partículas digitales que envuelven el terreno vectorizado… Sintetizando las bondades que presentaban sus creaciones anteriores, este trabajo utiliza como punto de partida unas grabaciones de las cuales solo quedan su materia más pura, una materia física que se convierte en una substancia intangible y una música de delicadeza variable. ‘Sans repères’, una obra surgida desde la belleza análoga que luego de un fascinante proceso desplegado por France Jobin culmina en hermosas piezas de ruido digital y notas transparentes”. Por su parte, Fabio Perletta, “artista sonoro y multimedia nacido en 1984 que vive y trabaja en Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italia. Sus trabajos incluyen música electrónica, instalaciones de luz y sonido, presentaciones en vivo y diseño gráfico. A través del uso de computador y software personalizados, la búsqueda sonora de Perletta explora la intersección entre áreas complementarias como la física, psicología y percepción humana”. Obras como “Field: Atom(s) Entropy” (Farmacia901, 2013) o “Liminality” (Dragon’s Eye, 2014) [354], este su primer trabajo para el sello de Los Ángeles, además de su trayectoria previa como Øe. Sin embargo hasta ahora sólo un álbum personal, el impecable “Interstitial Spaces” (Farmacia901, 2015) [310], “una estridencia oculta bajo una densa nube de electricidad, un extenso trabajo donde el desplazamiento de partículas adquiere formas intangibles y donde cada uno de los postulados que dirigen Farmacia901 cobran especial significado… Electrónica de una nitidez inquebrantable que emana de un centro de sonidos de pureza luminosa… Ciencia como música, música como ciencia. El eco del vacío reduce las notas a un esencialismo diáfano, una obra especialmente intensa dentro de su inmovilidad… Permanencia y quietud, una constante de notas débiles… La estridencia imperceptible de Fabio Perletta genera hermosos paisajes dentro de su estabilidad transparente y su estética del silencio”.

“Las neuronas especulares harán por la psicología lo que el DNA hizo por la biología”Vilayanur S. Ramachandran, neurocientífico. Como es habitual, inspirados por aspectos ajenos a la música, o quizá íntimamente ligados, France Jobin y Fabio Perletta elaboran un trabajo donde se encuentran ciencia y sonido. “Mirror Neurons” es la primera colaboración entre ambos creadores, trabajo de arte digital en el cual a partir de un concepto extraído de la neurociencia se generan impulsos auditivos de dimensiones ínfimas. Jobin y Perletta, desde la distancia, construyen piezas de electrónica minimalista en las que pequeñas señales producen una música aparentemente muda, largos desarrollos sostenidos en entramados de difícil aprehensión, lo que queda relegado de la confusión habitual. Grabado desde sus respectivos estudios, este álbum es una transformación continua de datos en intercambio, un flujo de pistas que termina por depurarse hasta quedar en prolongados registros de audio. Tal como sucede en sus trabajos particulares, la masa de estridencia que pudiera existir termina por ser absorbida como si fuese encerrada en una cámara hermética que amplifica de manera leve los golpes más mínimos. “Mirror Neurons” son respuestas sonoras a estímulos físicos. “Las neuronas especulares representan una distintiva clase de células que se activan tanto cuando un animal ejecuta una acción y cuando observa a otro individuo realizar la misma acción. Descubiertas por el neurofisiólogo italiano Giacomo Rizzolatti y su equipo en la Universidad de Parma mientras realizaban una investigación sobre la representación neuronal de los movimientos motrices de los monos, la precisa función e influencia de estas neuronas se ha vuelto uno de los más importantes temas en la neurociencia. Han sido relacionadas a muchas conductas y habilidades, desde la empatía a aprender a través de la imitación y el aprendizaje de un idioma, así como implicada en condiciones como el autismo y otros desórdenes cerebrales. Estos descubrimientos sugieren que el sistema de neuronas especulares juega un rol fundamental en nuestra habilidad para sentir empatía”. Actividad neuronal convertida en nervios eléctricos, transitando en curvas, líneas que emiten pequeños disturbios dentro de la horizontalidad. Jobin y Perletta fabricaron este álbum con diferentes rastros que luego atravesaron filtros, donde sólo aparecen unos atisbos al final del proceso.“Iniciado por los artistas sonoros France Jobin y Fabio Perletta, ‘Mirror Neurons’ es un proyecto de medios investigando la noción de empatía y distancias físicas. El álbum entero es el resultado de extensos archivos sonoros intercambiados entre Montreal (Canadá) y Roseto degli Abruzzi (Italia). Cada una de estas piezas está basada en ásperos archivos y su consecuente reelaboración, escuchando y reaccionando, procesando e imitando. El proceso en desarrollo ayudó a los artistas a encontrar inspiración en términos de estímulos para el acto de la composición en sí mismo en dos ciudades muy distantes, diferentes climas, zonas horarias y lenguaje. Como muchos de los trabajos recientes de Jobin y Perletta, ‘Mirror Neurons’ explora el interés de estos artistas en la intersección entre ciencia y arte, así como lo infinitamente pequeño e invisible. En orden a desarrollar el concepto de distancia / colectividad, los artistas visuales de Roma XX+XY se han involucrado en el proceso. Ellos crearon una multi-dimensional, visualización sonora generativa siempre cambiante a través del uso de texturas quietas y sutiles movimientos, enfatizando el lento sentido del tiempo de la obra misma. A pesar de ser presentada en vivo en un gran espacio, el video intenta crear un ambiente inmersivo y una ocasión única de reflexionar acerca del funcionamiento de nuestras emociones y la importancia de la interacción humana”. Parte de esa visualización realizada por xx+ xy queda plasmada en la portada de este disco, en esas estrías grises parte del diseño formal de Dragon’s Eye –existe un archivo de video, un extracto disponible en la red que muestra ese complemento de imágenes–. “Mirror Neurons” son tres piezas que en total suman cuarenta y seis minutos, cada una con formas particulares, todas parte de una misma forma. Sonidos unidireccionales que resaltan en fracciones eventuales, trazos extensos cubiertos de pequeños eventos que emergen de sus superficies planas. Encima de estructuras tendidas reposan pequeños objetos sonoros que despuntan como respuesta a un movimiento eléctrico que subyace a ellas, organismos biológicos que interactúan con entidades artificiales. Los tres paisajes al interior de esta obra nacen de estos archivos intercambiados entre Canadá e Italia, datos encriptados los que exploran las diferentes posibilidades del sonido, distintos matices del ruido que se desplazan siguiendo trayectorias rectilíneas. Microbios auditivos afloran desde “Parallel”, contaminando la pureza de sus tonos, disgregados en una luz incandescente, la misma que irradia “Reflection”, un reflejo de notas suspendidas y melodías ondulatorias. “Mimesis” parte de eventos inmóviles que se bifurcan en mareas inmutables, suma de decimales acústicos, tal como son cada segmento de estos diseños de sonido.

‘Mirror Neurons’ explores the artists’ interest in intersection between science and art, as well as the infinitely small and invisible”. Líneas de estruendos de una pureza transparente, la unión de estos dos artistas ubicados en geografías diferentes da como resultado sonidos de hermosa austeridad auditiva. “Mirror Neurons” son directrices armónicas extendidas en un plano horizontal, interpoladas por fragmentos microscópicos. France Jobin y Fabio Perletta crean paisajes de minimalismo tonal, acústica celular en órbitas graduales.

mirror neurons @ roBOT 08 festival Bologna, Italy

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Mirror Neurons @ roBOT 08 festival, Bologna, Italy
October 10th 2015 @Palazzo Re Enzo – Sala Re Enzo

France Jobin
Fabio Perlettaxx+xy visuals

Mirror neurons are a fundamental discovery in neuroscience, which is due to an Italian researcher, Giacomo Rizzolatti, and his team at the University of Parma. It is also the base from which the sound artists France Jobin and Fabio Perletta created “Mirror Neurons”, another step of their journey to investigate the crossroads between science and art, between the visible and invisible, between distances and intersections – the two work very far from each other, Jobin lives in Montréal while Perletta lives in Roseto degli Abruzzi but their exchange is continuous and relentless). Finally, the visual work made in a generative matrix by the Roman collective XX+XY visuals makes their performance even richer.

Empac – residency October 5th – 16th 2015, concert etc

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Residency – October 5th – October 16th 2015
Concert – October 15th 2015 – 8pm Concert Hall
In conversation :  Mark Fell and France Jobin – October 7th 2015 – 7pm

Concert

The electronic music of composer France Jobin can be described as “sound-sculpture,” revealing a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital methods intersect. 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.

Using an array of specifically placed loudspeakers numbering in the dozens, Jobin will present a new work built for the EMPAC Concert Hall.

France Jobin is a sound/installation artist, composer, and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her installations express a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her works can be “experienced” in various music venues and new-technology festivals across Canada, the United States, South America, South Africa, Europe and Japan.

CURATOR: 

ARGEO ASCANI

In conversation : Mark Fell and France Jobin

Often, the mark of excellence in electronic music and sound art is the ability of the composer to hide their identity and virtuosity behind an inscrutable bank of machinery or within the ambient acoustics of the space in which the piece is performed. Whether or not this obfuscation is willful, it results in a genre of music that is vastly diverse in both its effects and technical configurations. In this conversation between Mark Fell and France Jobin, two masters of their understated craft will step forward to engage in dialogue and answer questions about the aesthetics, techniques, and politics of their work.

Fell has been in residence at EMPAC to develop Recursive Frame Analysis, a new work for sound, light, and dance; meanwhile, Jobin has been working on the premiere of a multi-channel sound piece for the Concert Hall.

Mark Fell is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sheffield, UK. He is widely known for combining popular music styles such as electronica and techno with more academic approaches to computer-based composition, with a particular emphasis on algorithmic and mathematical systems. As well as recorded works, he produces installation pieces, often using multiple speaker systems. He started his career in the ’90s house and techno scene as one half of electronic duo SND and released The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making earlier this year on label The Death of Rave.

France Jobin is a sound/installation artist, composer, and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her installations express a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her works can be “experienced” in various music venues and new-technology festivals across Canada, the United States, South America, South Africa, Europe and Japan.

 

 

und transit @ la vitrine sonore – sporopole

und transit – a 16.5 hours – multichannel sound installation @ Sporobole‘s Vitrine Sonore

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On alternate weeks from September 15th 2015 to October 31st 2015 –
Every day – from 8 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Week of 09.15.015
Week of 09.29.2015
Week of 10.11.2015
Week of 10.25.2015

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Und transit

We all have a capacity to ignore the space we must use to get to our destination. Like most passage ways, they are a means to an end, and rarely are treated as an end in itself. Upon being introduced to minoritenplatz, I was immediately struck by the loneliness and practicality of this passage way.

Inspired by the solitary and functional aspects of La vitrine sonore’s location, I plan to collect a number of field recordings from in and around its emplacement, in order to create a series of soundscapes based on the sound of emptiness in this space.

France Jobin

und transit – sound installation will be presented in September 2015 at la Vitrine Sonore of Sporobole in Sherbrooke. The result of a 3 week residency in situ, will transform this passageway into a place to stop, listen and meander.

 

La vitrine sonore

Sporobole launches a new annual program that provides a curator the opportunity to gather sound artists around a curatorial approach and concepts about the Sound Window diffusion device. During a three-week residency, each artist will have unlimited access to the sound laboratory and will develop a project which will be broadcast and discussed during a round table that will conclude the year’s program.

The Sound Window is a permanent system for sound projection on the façade of Sporobole, along the sidewalk on Albert Street. Made up of sixteen loudspeakers, it makes it possible to enter into direct contact with passers-by making their way to the above-ground parking garage next door to Sporoble on city’s main street, Wellington. The linear arrangement of the sixteen speakers and their position at the geometrical interface between Sporobole and the thoroughfare make this new outdoor sound gallery a singular platform for sound spatialisation and the projection of works of sound art.

 

review – mirror neurons (DER) – The wire – UK

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Mirror Neurons on DER
CD + Digital – 500

Release Date April 21, 2015
Cover xx+xy visual

Bonus Video

All orders through DER’s Bandcamp will receive an excerpt of Mirror Neurons.
Visuals :  xx+xy visuals 
Sound : France Jobin and Fabio Perletta

A new release from Los Angeles based sound art and drone label Dragon’s Eye, and the debut from this Canadian/Italian duo. The title riffs off the name for the brain neurons involved in observing, understanding and copying others’ actions. There are parallels with the kinds of shared thinking involved in duo playing, though as it’s impossible to tell who’s doing what here, it’s hard to track how that plays out. The three tracks are constructed from the kind of infinitely quiet, dry and pure drones and pulses associated with Richard Chartier. The concept makes more sense applied to the ebb and flow of the record, with each piece having the organic, unfolding structure of Rolf Julius recording. But there’s traces of menace in the occasional higher volume bumps and glitches and the piercingly high, quiet sine tones that thread through “Reflection”.

Dan Barrow

review – mirror neurons (DER) – touching extremes – Italy

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Mirror Neurons on DER
CD + Digital – 500

Release Date April 21, 2015
Cover xx+xy visual

Bonus Video

All orders through DER’s Bandcamp will receive an excerpt of Mirror Neurons.
Visuals :  xx+xy visuals 
Sound : France Jobin and Fabio Perletta

I have a love/hate relationship with the integration of microsounds and stillness; am highly distrustful when neuroscience is utilized to improve pseudo-intellectual formulas which, most frequently, are nothing but containers of deplorably ignorant esoteric commonplaces, good only to fill one’s mouth in absence of veritable kernels. And, in the last years, I also have reinforced my theory about installations and background soundtracks symbolizing – more often than not – a dense fog hiding out-and-out artistic poverty.

Having said that, my curmudgeonly attitude was successfully fought by Jobin and Perletta’s long-distance collaboration. More to the point, the pair produced an admirable example of psychoacoustic exploration able to generate stimulating suggestions while eliciting the kind of retroactive synthesis performed by the brain in the presence of a given combination of sounds. A somewhat restricted palette of extremely sharp frequencies, digital noise, subsonic pulsation and diverse representations of quietude is finely exploited over the course of three tracks. Each segment is incisive and soothing at once, never falling into the “snug ambient” trap. The Canadian and the Italian have really done their homework (pun unintended).

Had I to give a lone reason to justify this CD’s effectiveness, the answer would probably lie in its blend of surgical precision and reminiscent profoundness. The merging of fixed tones enhanced by computer processing elicits a peculiar magnetism: trance, sure, and “that” inscrutable regret, almost tangible in sections of “Mimesis” and “Parallel”. The central chapter “Reflection” is perceived as a mere reassuring texture at first; then, after a nearly silent transition, organ-like pitches (think of the intro to Pink Floyd’s “Us And Them”, stretched and with less harmonic movement) lull us into a comfort zone inevitably destined to vanish.

Put this one on repeat play: it’s worth hours of implicit analysis, while the mechanisms of internal composure get efficiently lubricated.

Massimo Ricci

review – mirror neurons (DER) – ondarock – Italy

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Mirror Neurons on DER
CD + Digital – 500

Release Date April 21, 2015
Cover xx+xy visual

Bonus Video

All orders through DER’s Bandcamp will receive an excerpt of Mirror Neurons.
Visuals :  xx+xy visuals 
Sound : France Jobin and Fabio Perletta

 

France Jobin e Fabio Perletta hanno due background piuttosto diversi: scienziata e matematica del suono con l’amore per il laptop e gli algoritmi la prima, principale importatore dell’estetica microsoundin Italia il secondo, uniti però dal comune interesse per la riduzione ai minimi termini delle forme sonore. Entrambi catalogabili a fatica nel macrocosmo dell’ambient elettroacustico, entrambi protagonisti di percorsi votati a un’arte squisitamente concettuale, l’intersezione dei loro discorsi artistici non poteva che produrre un lavoro come “Mirror Neurons”. Ovvero un disco dove il suono si mette al servizio del concept e della percezione, uditiva e cerebrale.

Nella sostanza, i due cercano di trasporre in suono l’attività elettrica e fisiologica dei neuroni umani, toccando con mano aspetti strettamente legati alla psicoacustica. Da un lato l’aspetto “interiore”, l’attività cerebrale che si auto-percepisce in quanto tale (si “specchia”, parafrasando il titolo), descritta dalle dilatazioni infinitesime a volume zero di Jobin. Dall’altro quello squisitamente fisico-scientifico, l’attività cerebrale percepita e individuata da un recettore esterno, ma anche come forma essa stessa di percezione sensibile dell’altro: e qui intervengono i datasounds di Perletta, richiami elettronici astratti e appena udibili, esattamente come i flussi di corrente nei neuroni.

Cromaticamente parlando, il colore dominante è un bianco perpetuo, vuoto, accecante, invisibile. In “Parallel” questo è spezzato da atomi di suono, schegge che trascendono il conscio per infilarsi nell’inconscio e costruire lì uno scheletro extra-razionale. Quest’ultimo si prepara poi a ospitare il drone di Jobin, privo di dimensioni fisiche e solo apparentemente fin troppo simile a un qualsiasi flusso ambientale. La sua monocromia, però, lo colloca in una dimensione extra-sensoriale ben lontana dal parnassianismo (diretto alla percezione e alla poesia) degli Illuha. Qui, al contrario, la scienza trascende l’umano e il suono astrae verso una dimensione esclusivamente sua.

Non c’è sentimento, non un briciolo di vita: o se ci sono, l’inquadratura dei due li elimina dalsoundscape per concentrarsi sul processo, mostrandone qualche traccia forse solo nell’evoluzione di “Mimesis”, dove le sfumature sembrano per la prima volta intensificarsi progressivamente. “Reflection” è invece il sunto della dinamica descritta sopra: un drone si protrae per più di un quarto d’ora fungendo da nucleo, mentre tutt’attorno elettroni sonori orbitano perpetuamente, senza uno scopo né una causa. La scena è riflessa allo specchio, ma non c’è soggetto che possa percepire il dualismo.

Ben pochi sono riusciti prima a sintetizzare tutto questo in un’opera sonora: Jobin e Perletta ci riescono in un autentico saggio di arte applicata alla psicoacustica. Dedicato a quei pochi per i quali il suono può davvero significare qualcosa al di là della percezione sensibile. Con rispetto e comprensione verso tutti quelli per i quali, invece, la sola idea rasenta la follia.

Matteo Meda

Call & Response in collaboration with LINE – A listening experience

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LINE

 

Call & Response presents:
a LINE listening experience

Call & Response are pleased to host a listening experience featuring artists from the LINE imprint.
 
Since 2000 the LINE imprint, curated and art directed by Richard Chartier, has continued to publish documents of compositional and installation work by international sound artists and composers exploring the aesthetics of contemporary and digital minimalism as limited edition Compact Discs and DVDs.
 
As a part of our collaboration with LINE, Call & Response will feature works from the following artists in 3D sound at our space in South London’s Enclave:
 
Richard Chartier – Recurrence
France Jobin – P Orbital
Simon Whetham – El Parque Está Situado En Su Propia Casa
Yann Novak – Relocation.Vacant
Stephan Mathieu – Seventh Dream

 
www.lineimprint.com
www.enclaveprojects.com
www.callandresponse.org.uk/line
 
Friday May 29th 6.30pm–till late
Saturday May 30th 2pm-6pm
Sunday May 31st 2pm-6pm
Friday July 31st 6:30pm-till late

 
C&R space
Enclave, Unit 9
50 Resolution Way
London
SE8 4NT

immerson 7 – Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5, 2015 at 6 pm

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Nicolas Bernier, John Duncan, Herman Kolgen, Mika Vainio

Curator : France Jobin

Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5, 2015 at 6 pm

Tickets on sale at OBORO ($10)
as of May 26, 2015. *Maximum of 2 tickets per person*
From Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 5 pm.
You can also call 514 844-3250 (credit card only).
Limited seats. No ticket reservation.

The Artists:

Nicolas Bernier creates sound performances, installations, musique concrète, live electronics, post-rock, noise improv and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and within interdisciplinary contexts. In the midst of this eclecticism, his artistic concerns remain constant: the balance between the cerebral and the sensual, and between organic sound sources and digital processing. Awardee of the prestigious Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2013 (Austria), his work have been presented in major events and venues like SONAR (Spain), Mutek (Canada), DotMov Festival (Japan), ZKM (Germany), Transmediale (Germany) and LABoral (Spain) to name a few. His sound compositions are widely published on electronic music labels: Crónica (Portugal), LINE (US), leerraum (Switzerland), Entr’acte (UK) and empreintes DIGITALes (Québec). He holds a PhD in sonic arts from the University of Huddersfield (UK). He his a member of Perte de signal, a media arts research and development centre based in Montreal. He his teaching in the Digital Music program of the Université de Montréal.

www.nicolasbernier.com

John Duncan was born in the United States, currently lives and works in Bologna. Duncan portrays his work as a catalyst, inciting a transmission of energy through which he seeks to compel the audience to actively participate in the process of investigation and self-discovery. His lengthy career of electroacoustic intensity and confrontational performance art events is the result of rigorous investigations into a number of arcane, metaphysical, and at times transgressive themes. Duncan is a rare artist who is totally immersed in existential research.
– Jim Haynes, The Wire (UK). His audio releases THE CRACKLING (1996 with Max Springer), PALACE of MIND (2001 with Giuliana Stefani), FRESH (2002 with Zeitkratzer), THE KEENING TOWERS (2003), PHANTOM BROADCAST (2004), NINE SUGGESTIONS (2005 with Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen), THE NAZCA TRANSMISSIONS (2009) to name a few, are all considered by critics and composers alike to be benchmarks in the field of experimental sound and contemporary music.

www.johnduncan.org

Recognized for his multimedia creations for over twenty years, Herman Kolgen is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Montreal. A true audiocinetic sculptor, he draws his primary material from the intimate relationship between sound and image. Kolgen works to create objects that assume the form of installations, video and film works, performances and sound sculptures. Constantly exploring, he works at the junctures of different media, as well as elaborating a new technical language and singular aesthetic. Herman Kolgen creations have been presented at renowned festivals and events, such as: Berlin Transmediale, isea, Venice Biennale, Ars Electronica, Sonic Acts, Centre Georges Pompidou, Cimatics, Dissonanze, elektra, Mutek, Sonar, Tapei Digital Art, Shanghai eARTS. Herman Kolgen is the recipient of numerous prestigious prizes, including Qwartz, Ars Electronica, Best Experimental Film Award of the Independant Film Festival of New York and Los Angeles, and the Award of Conseil Général du Festival International du Court Métrage de Clermont-Ferrand.

www.kolgen.net

Mika Vainio, editions Mego, sähkö, blast first, raster-noton, touch / finland
Mika Vainio, currently based in Berlin, was one half of the minimal electronic duo Pan Sonic from Finland (the other was Ilpo Väisänen), whose brand of quirky, lo-fi minimalism transformed them into one of the most popular exports from the Northern European techno underground. Before starting Pan Sonic in beginning of the 90s, Mika Vainio played electronics and drums as part of the early Finnish industrial and noise scene. His solo works, under his own name and under aliases like Ø, tend more toward the ambient and experimental, blending sparse machine noises with shifting rhythms, stubbornly unmusical sonic textures, assorted channel separation weirdness and known for their analogue warmth and electronic harshness. Be it abstract drone works or minimal avant techno, Vainio is always creating unique, physical sounds. He has released on labels like editions Mego, Touch, Wavetrap and Sähkö.

www.mikavainio.com

About immerson:

immerson 7 is pleased to continue its exploration of new perceptions and experiences regarding the listening process, and this year will be an exceptional edition. For some time, I had been hoping to welcome the artists John Duncan and Mika Vainio for an evening of concerts and voilà! In addition, immerson 7 will also present Montreal artists Nicolas Bernier and Herman Kolgen. An evening charged with creativity in an intimate setting. [France Jobin]

immerson is a concert event and philosophy initiated by France Jobin that proposes creating an environment dedicated to an enhanced listening experience through the physical comfort of the audience by means of a specifically designed space.

Jobin initiated immerson in February 2011, in partnership with OBORO and in close collaboration with Stéphane Claude.

France Jobin is an audio / installation artist, composer and curator. Her audio art, qualified as “sound sculpture”, distinguishes itself in a minimalist approach of complex sound environments at the intersection of analog and digital. She participates in festivals, as well as presents installations and events internationally. Jobin has produced numerous solo albums with renowned labels such as ROOM40 (AU), LINE (US), popmuzik records and ATAK (JP).  France Jobin was a Sonic Arts Awards 2014 finalist in the category Sonic Research.

francejobin.com

This event is part of the Montreal Digital Spring 2015
In collaboration with BIAS – International Art Biennial by ELEKTRA

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France Jobin acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.

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