Montreal 03.10.2010 – Écologie Sonore


Ecologie Sonore

Launch of Web documentary
Wednesday, March 10 – 18:00

at  SAT
1195, boulevard Saint-Laurent à Montréal

on line March 11th 2010

Project presentation, performance by i8u and sounds installations.  Come and listen to the soundscapes and meet the artists behind this project.

Montreal 05.28.2009 – Mutek 2009

Nocturne 2

May 28, 2009 22:00
at the Savoy, Metropolis

* $30.00

presented by 33mag (more below)

i8u | CHiKA
Traverse, 2009, World Premiere

In today’s connected world we have many new methods of collaborating,
and many technical and artistic problems that arise in the process.

These two artists bring this chasm into focus and explore the
possibilities given by these constraints.

This project intersects i8u’s minimal yet powerful sound sculptures and
CHiKA’s geometric minimalist patterns to create a work that expresses
the examination and limitations of itself.

France Jobin aka i8u is a sound/installation/web artist whose work has been released on ROOM40 (AUS), nvo (AU) and recently, a collaboration with Tomas Phillips on ATAK (JP). She has worked with Goem, Martin Tétreault and David Kristian.

CHiKA is a live media artist working in the international VJ and experimental music scene. Her performances vary from minimalist geometric patterns to unique compositions overflowing with a variety of forms and color.

Ezekiel Honig | CHiKA
i8u | CHiKA

Deadbeat & Paul St. Hilaire
Moderat = Modeselektor + Apparat
Ezekiel Honig

The many factions of dub converge onto one large stage to showcase just how far Jamaica’s roots reggae templates have evolved toward new genres in the hands of some of today’s hottest names.

None other than Skull Disco co-founder APPLEBLIM comes to Montreal for his Canadian debut and a DJ set that showcases the many point sof fusion between UK dubstep and Berlin techno. A seamless blend of echoes, bass, and delays leads us to the heavily anticipated collaboration between Canadian dub-don DEADBEAT and Berlin’s master vocalist of all things dub, PAUL ST. HILAIRE . The collaboration is something of a natural selection for MUTEK, given Deadbeat’s longstanding participation with MUTEK, and the fact that St. Hilaire has also performed at MUTEK events several times over the decade.

Next up, MODESELEKTOR and APPARAT join forces for the Canadian premiere of MODERAT , a stunning live audio-visual production accompanied by the striking video work of PFADFINDEREI . Again, MUTEK has a long history with both acts, as Apparat first appeared here in 2005 and Modeselektor performed here in 2006 and 2008.

And finally, the night winds to a tailspin with the breakneck dubstep assault of the Digital Mystiks’ MALA , in town for a Canadian debut DJ set.

Meanwhile, the SAVOY ROOM fills with the ambient soundscapes of EZEKIEL HONIG , CLINKER , I8U , NOVI_SAD , and AUN .

Montreal 05.29.2009 – Mutek 2008

May 29, 2008

MUTEK 2008 | Open_Lab_Ouvert
Mutek is once again hosting Le Placard May 29th -30th 2008 @SAT
(see below for schedule)

Placard is a headphone concert festival, playing with concentration, intimacy,time warp,and teleportation.This year it goes on for 97 days non stop, in different cities. It functions under a mode of open program,open for headphone rooms to create performance spaces where performers are welcomed to perform. Both the headphoneroom ‘owner’ and the performers use the inscription site to self organize the global program. The placard ‘owner’ receives in his room performers who have submitted a inscription via the site , and streams the shows to the other headphonerooms either passive listeners or waiting to perform.The site is designed to simplify communication inbetween the performers and the organizers, using automatic emails notifying of incomming inscriptions , accepted deplaced or refused perfomances ; also notifying performers of the creation of headphonerooms in their city.

The ring has grown , last year quite a few new cities got involved ;( helsinki , stralsund , benicassim .. (link to last year’s archive) ) .This year has allready started with a few prologues (maybe a preview of what might be one day a non stop placard network) – one in berlin during club transmediale – one in bratislava – and one in bologna -(see pictures and line-ups here) The official placard festival opening will be in montreal for the mutek festival and then move on.

May 29th 2008 @ 15:20 (EDT)

i8u will present: 10-33 cm resonance

i8u’s audio is inspired by the concept of string theory; 10-33 cm being the theoretical size of the strings that makes up the universe. Resonance is the vibrational pattern, which determines what kind of particle the string is. The type of particle is the movement of the string and the energy associated with this movement.
The soundscapes created mirror our limited understanding and imagination of these strings as they slip in and out of the dimensions we are aware of.

Schedule Open_Lab_Ouvert:

May 29, 2008

.12:00 (EDT) .Element Kuuda
.12:40 (EDT) .Ghislain Roy
.13:20 (EDT) .Jim Bel
.14:00 (EDT) .Katherine Kline
.14:40 (EDT) .grkzg
.15:20 (EDT) .i8u
.16:00 (EDT) .David Kristian
.16:40 (EDT) .Nathan McNinch
.17:20 (EDT) .Wapstan. – .19-Jan-67
.18:00 (EDT) .Mark Templeton
.18:40 (EDT) .Ezekiel Honig
.19:20 (EDT) .Babin Magali
.20:00 (EDT) .Steve Bates
.20:40 (EDT) .Thierry Gauthie
.21:20 (EDT) .Victortronic
.22:00 (EDT) .Martine H. Crispo
.22:40 (EDT) .Le Rossignol et Lafrance
.23:20 (EDT) .Winston Phillips

May 30, 2008

.12:00 (EDT) .Orphx
.12:40 (EDT) .gmackrr
.13:20 (EDT) .kvik. – .sluiten
.14:00 (EDT) .Pon De Replay
.14:40 (EDT) .anne-f . Jacques
.15:20 (EDT) .Nicolas Dion
.16:00 (EDT) .AUN. – .MOTORSLEEP
.16:40 (EDT) .FSK 1138
.17:20 (EDT) .Nancy Tobin
.18:00 (EDT) .Szkieve
.18:40 (EDT) .le Peuplier de Simon
.19:20 (EDT) .Deluge
.20:00 (EDT) .des cailloux et du carbone
.20:40 (EDT) .Thames
.21:20 (EDT) .Matt Fuzz
.22:00 (EDT) .Vorpa
.22:40 (EDT) .Michel Pontbriand
.23:20 (EDT) .???

SAT, Société des arts technologiques
1195 boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal (Québec) H5B 1C2 Canada

Montreal 04.19.2008 – Etats Generaux

April 19, 2008


CQAM and the State of Affairs team have concocted a program that celebrates Media Arts. Four exciting evenings are in store from April 17th to 20th.


5 PM : Official opening ceremony in the Luce Guilbault Hall of the Cinémathèque québécoise with public partners, artists whose works are part of the retrospective and participants in a friendly, launch.

Claude-Jutra theatre, Cinémathèque québécoise.
Presented by Claude Forget, curator

Karaoké by Stéphane Lafleur
La main invisible by Sylvain L’Espérance
Du moteur à explosion by Dominic Gagnon

Free of charge for registered participants with a pass


Exhibition vernissage of New Media installations – Room R-515, National Library and Archives

Peter Flemming
Sofian Audry

Open to the public free of charge

Auditorium, National Library and Archives
Presented by Nicole Gingras, curator
Artists present

En decà du réel by Manon Labrecque
Oh la la du narratif by Sylvie Laliberté
Karaoke by Donigan Cumming
Stravaig by Nikki Forrest
Rut by Yudi Sewraj
Étincelante by Brigitte Lebrasseur
Site by A. Golden
« A » (comme aveugle) by Nicole Benoît
Sleeping Car by Monique Moumblow
Valo by Nelly-Ève Rajotte
Hernaford rd. or The Distance to Sleep by Rachel Echenberg
My Heart the Interior Decorator by Nelson Henricks
These days by Nathalie Bujold
Mystery and melancholy de Daniel Olson
Biotech by Mathieu Latulippe
Line Up by Julie-Christine Fortier
Karma by Chantal duPont

Open to the public free of charge


Auditorium, National Library and Archives
4 audio performances
Presented by Valérie Lamontagne, curator

Perfo 1. (DL) & 4. (JD), project by Martin Tétrault with audio contributions by Diane Morin, Jean-Pierre Gauthier, Rober Racine and Manon Labrecque.


David Lafrance (experimental)
d Julie D (techno)

Open to the public free of charge
BAnQ – 475, Boul. de Maisonneuve Est,
Montreal, (Quebec) H2L 5C4


5 PM : Cocktail at the Society for Technology and Art – SAT)


Autoplayback – A performance by Jerôme Minière, accompanied by de Dan Popa

DJ Bliss

VJ Beewoo

Free of charge for participants with a pass. Otherwise, $15 contribution.

Montreal 09.15.2007 – Peau d’âne


Peau d’âne by Valérie Lamontagne

Audio track,  i8u
Fashion designs, Lynn van Gastel
Technical development and project programming, Patrice Coulombe and David Beaulieu


September 15 to October 20, 2007 @ Oboro
Opening: Saturday, September 15, 2007, at 5:00 pm
the dresses will be presented from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, from noon to 5:00 pm


Story Time: Peau d’âne
Saturday, September 29, 2007, at 3:00 pm
as part of the Journées de la culture

From the Charles Perrault fairy tale Peau d’âne, Valérie
Lamontagne draws on the motif of three fabulous dresses: one
made out of moonbeams, one as warm and bright as the sun
above and one cut out of the sky itself. Using innovative technologies
and working with experienced collaborators, the artist has
created three interactive dresses that react in real-time to atmospheric
variations transmitted by a weather station installed on
OBORO’s roof. The colours of the moon dress vary according to
the moon cycles; the illumination of the sun dress corresponds
to the intensity of the sun’s rays; and the sky dress swells and
moves depending on the patterns of the wind. By making use
of climate conditions in this manner, Peau d’âne addresses with
an apparently banal subject matter, but one that hides valuable
clues to our modes of cultural and social exchange. A multitude
of performance possibilities emerge from these wearables,
which bridge the worlds of fairy tales and technology.
At the opening, three dancers will wear the interactive dresses
and mingle with the gallery public. The dresses will also animate
the reading of Perrault’s fairy-tale Peau d’âne, presented by the
artist for the Journées de la culture.

Valérie Lamontagne is a Montréal-based performance/digital media
artist, freelance art critic and independent curator. Her media-based
artwork/performances (Advice Bunny, Snowflake Queen, Sense Nurse,
Mermaid of the Future, Sister Valerie of the Internet and Becoming
Balthus) have been showcased across Canada, the United States and
Europe. She received an MFA from Concordia University (Montréal)
where she presently teaches in the Design and Computation Arts
program and she is a co-founder, with Brad Todd, of the media arts
collective MobileGaze. She is presently a Ph.D. Candidate investigating
“Relational and Ubiquitous Performance Art”. <>
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Source : Caroline Loncol Daigneault, August 29th, 2007
OBORO remercie ses membres pour leur appui, ainsi que les organismes suivants pour leur généreux soutien financier : le service des arts médiatiques et le service des arts visuels du Conseil des Arts du Canada, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec,
le Conseil des arts de Montréal, le ministère du Patrimoine canadien, le ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, la Fondation Daniel Langlois, pour l’art, la science et la technologie, Emploi-Québec, le Service du développement culturel et
de la qualité du milieu de vie de la Ville de Montréal, la Caisse populaire Desjardins du Mont-Royal, le Cirque du Soleil, ainsi que les compagnies Discreet, Adobe, Computer Systems Odessa et Metric Halo.
Valérie Lamontagne – Peau d’âne
sun dress. image : Giannina Urmeneta Uttiker, 2006

Valérie Lamontagne would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres
du Québec and Groupe Molior for their generous support as well as Lynn
van Gastel for the fashion designs, Patrice Coulombe and David Beaulieu
for their technical development and project programing and I8U for the
audio track.

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Montreal 09.05.2007 – Espace SONO

September 5th  2007

How does one exhibit the unseen? Can sound, too, be experienced
as an art, or is it always submitted to the sign of music?

The espaceSONO audio.listening.lab is a headphone listening space, a
sound-installation, and a global curatorial project that reflects the
diversity of approaches and practices in sound-art today.


curator / commissaire _ tobias c. van Veen

GALERIE_ HORAIRE [free/gratuit]
Lundi _ Mardi (Fermé / Closed)
Mercredi _ Vendredi (14H – 20H)
Samedi _ Dimanche (12H – 18H

Review – Hmmm Remix – by Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly


Perhaps it’s safe to assume that all people hum, at least every now and then. Humming to themselves, to a tune or to meditate. Kathy Kennedy, of whom I never heard, does group hummings for ‘sonic experimentation and meditation, for play and for physical well-being’. Recordings of this humming were given to a whole bunch of people in order to crank out some form of remix, which is clever thinking, me thinks, because it brings her work to a new audience. Kennedy is, I believe, from Montreal, so some of the Montreal posse are here, such as Helene Prevost, i8u but also Francisco Lopez, Kim Cascone, Thanos Chrysakis, Austici, and lesser known names, such as Doug van Nort, Magali Babin, Jonas Olesen, Margaret Schedel. Some of them use the humming of voices as a starting point to create electronic deviations of it, other use the voices as voices, and layered them, change the pitch etc. But all of the twelve remixes (the first track is a sort of documentary piece about humming and people are being interviewed) seem to be interested in creating densely, atmospheric music in which you can feel good. To create perhaps a similar effect as humming, to enter a relaxing state. Quite a nice compilation, but not always a big surprise.


(FdW, Vital Weekly, #614)

Hmmm Remix (2007)

Hmmm Remix

Humans and computers.
Organic and digital.
Soothing and stimulating.

Ahypnotic assortment of styles and approaches of digital composition byelectronic artists around the globe; each artist remixing the same 5minute recording of an intimate group of singers humming together.Luminaries in the field such as:

Kathy Kennedy + David Gutnick, Hélène Prévost, Steve McLeod, Austistici, Thanos Chrysakis, Francisco Lopez,
Margaret Schedel, Jonas Olesen, Bryce Beverlin 11,  Magali Babin, Kim Cascone, Doug Van Nort and .i8u.

HMMM Remix Compilation is part of a multi-layered project by sound artist Kathy Kennedy. It will culminate in a sonic tsunami, an event that will take place on St. Laurent st. between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal on sat.June 16, from 3:30-4pm. We hope to hear the voices of 5000 citizens united by the sound of humming. For more info about this spectacular endeavour see:


Montreal 06.01.2007 – Mutek 2007

June 1st 2007


June 1, 2007 21:00 pm
59 Ste-Catherine Est

Cobblestone Jazz
Kalabrese and his Rumpelorchestra
Matthew Dear’s Big Hands
The Mole

For the occasion of the very promising NOCTURNE 3 showcase, the Metropolis will host a massive two-room event to kick-start the weekend.

In the main room, several of today’s best producers bring new band projects to the stage for an energetic showcase designed to celebrate the organic side of dance music. Hotly tipped Swiss producer Kalabrese and his Rumpelorchestra bring an innovative mix of techno and funk, while superstar DJ/producer Matthew Dear previews material from his new electronic pop album with his three-piece band, Big Hands. Montreal’s The Mole keeps the evening rolling with his infectious brand of disco-soul, before joining forces mid-set with the inimitable Cobblestone Jazz (Vancouver), a three-man electronic jam band led by none of other than Mathew Jonson.

Meanwhile, over in the Savoy Lounge, six experimental electronic musicians and two visual artists from Japan, New York, Paris, and Montreal will build a strange and fanciful soundtrack for the curious: O.Blaat, Sawako, Chika, Bubblyfish, Glomag, Decrepticon, Mec and i8u.

Montreal 01.17.2007 – Arts Birthday

Join us for an audio walk
WEDNESDAY, January 17th 2007

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Since the proclamation of Fluxus artist Robert Filliou in 1963, January 17th happens to be Art’s Birthday. Art was thus born 1,000,000 years ago and artists and artist groups everywhere around the globe celebrate this important anniversary by organizing international events and network art happenings, and by eating cake and offering gifts to Art. Every year, Art’s Birthday becomes an occasion for exchange between artists and art events. The Eternal Network grows this way by exploring the telecommunications arts.

This audio-walk will lead us to strange places of psychogeographic
resonance in the city as part of the celebration of Art’s Birthday. We will
begin with hot wine at Oboro and finish with performances organised by

with audio work from:


:: 5 pm
Gathering at OBORO, 4001 Berri, suite 301 (tea and hot chocolate wil be served // bring: your mug / thermos !
Interactive installation from Jason E. Lewis, Everything You Thought We’d Forgotten.

:: 5:45 pm
Departure from OBORO for the psychogeographique sound walk, organized by UpgradeMtl, with electronic music of :
i8u, Fishead, Tim Hecker, Saibotuk.

Bring your portable CD ghettoblaster to broadcast the music in public. (don’t forget the batteries!). Cds will be distributed.

:: 6:30 pm
Carré St-Louis with Jasa Baka and Tyr Jami (Parlour Treats) for a short festive performance (**bring birthday hats and flashlights**)

//// Parlour Treats are Jasa Baka and Tyr Jami, an outlandish sister team. They invite you into their outdoor Parlour for an experience of cake. A treat you knew you wanted when you were five but couldn’t reach through to your imaginary world for. Come have a piece, if you can catch it!

:: 7 pm +
Art’s Birthday party at the StudioXX
Tyr Jami performance (cello)
On-line performance by Kelly Andres, virtual resident from Lethbridge, Alberta. Music, cakes, drinks!

avec &


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brought to you by_
tobias, Anik & Sophie
Janvier 2007

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monthly gatherings for digital culture and the technology arts. Upgrade
Montreal is generously supported by the Society for Arts and Technology
[SAT], through networks of the Upgrade International, the various partners
we work with, the artists who donate their time and the personal energies of
its organizer triumvirate of tobias c. van Veen, Sophie Le-Phat Ho & Anik

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