immerson 7


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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



framework on – 07.29.2012

This sunday on Framework : “these are few of my favorite things”  by  France Jobin

/*framework*/ – phonography / field recording;
contextual and decontextualized sound activity
presented by patrick mcginley.

framework broadcasts:
– sunday, 11pm, london, uk on resonance 104.4fm
– tuesday, 12:30pm, south devon, uk on soundartradio 102.5fm
– wednesday, 3am, lisbon, pt on radio zero
– thursday, 7pm, lisbon, pt on radio zero
- thursday, 11pm, maribor, si on radio marš 95.9fm
– friday, 1am, brussels, be on radio campus 92.1fm
– saturday, 11am, new york state, us on wgxc 90.7fm

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This week is the last regular edition before the usual summer break of framework:afield,
as well as my last segment of “these are a few of my favorite things”.

This edition of “my favorite things”, is devoted to a particular live event that happened in Montreal in May 2011, and i was lucky enough to attend.

The artists featured are Herman Kolgen, Olivier & Urban9 and Orla Wren.
tune in and enjoy!

Welcome to  “these are a few of my favorite things”, the last segment of 2012.

As mentioned in earlier installments, my interpretation of field recording based works, is very broad however, the thread I like to follow is to find  artists who have mastered  their unique identity through the music of sound.

Musique d’impression

Three composers, here and abroad, two live performances and a presentation of audio book.
The young and dynamic organization of electroacoustic music Ekumen Montreal, is investing again, in an intimate and unusual presentation, this time,  music, printing and its surroundings.

The event invaded , the  book binding studio of  Cecile Cote, a small universe of stories printed, ready to be told,  to take life and mix with the presence and the imagination of each .

Ekumen offered a unique opportunity for Montrealers to visit or revisit Geographic Words, the sound performance of the internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Herman Kolgen, to get carried away by the merger Sieste05 haunting book, created by the composer Olivier Girouard and graphics by Urban9 or discover through “The underneath of things”, the world premiere of the universe purring and delicate sound of British artist Orla Wren.

Travel, sound and magnetic proximity between artist, audience and venue
Inspired by the intimacy of the place and a magnetic proximity exacerbated with the public, each artist offers a work that manipulates and reinvents the laws of the size, but takes its support on a very human scale. Through a multidirectional interplay, each confronts a series of unexpected encounters solitary or in common.
The public is propelled, elastic jump, a leaping camera revealing voluptuous relative breaths , fragile voice or laughing, without reference to an environment where successive points and leaks resonate.

Three works

Geographic words, the very gripping and poetic performance offset by Herman Kolgen suddenly eradicates our dreams inside our thoughts to bring to light and melt back into the mass of sound that envelops us.

Facing the book Sieste05 Olivier Girouard & Urban9, connected by Cecile herself, our daydreams find the comfort of their intimate loneliness and gives way to a sound space that forms the imagination.

The underneath of things, the performance of Orla Wren Music is specially created for printing. The artist is inspired by the real machine tools and workshop revealing macroscopic details , often hidden around us, and its profound effect on the sensory experience of life, to listen and to hear.

Playlist + additional info below

Tracks                                    Artists & Websites

Geographic words                            Herman Kolgen  –
sieste_05                                           Olivier & Urban9 –
The underneath of things               Orla Wren           –

Ekumen is an organisation that facilitates the gathering of artists and the exploration of sound art and electroacoustic music.

Artistic director since December 2010, Olivier Girouard is pursuing Ekumen’s mandate to offer a space for local and international creation and dissemination, as well as supporting the production of works and publications.

Ekumen stands out not only by proposing original listening situations – making music with unusual objects in atypical places, but also through a constant thirst for exchange and the integration of other art forms and techniques. Research, curiosity and the unearthing of a variety of platforms to present work to an audience: these are integral elements of Ekumen’s creativity.

Ekumen moves the soundscapes we speak of – instead of contemplating them, we travel inside.