Samuel St-Aubin has been part of the electronic arts world since 2002. He has helped produce the work of a number of Quebec artists and collectives. For the past few years, he has been focusing on his own creative efforts. The electronics technician reinvents everyday objects. He injects another dimension into his creations that goes beyond the utilitarian reality of the object, by diverting them from their primary purpose, radically disrupting our relationship with the object. With unflinching precision, his works let us tap into the poetry of the everyday, discovered in the simplicity of existence.
SAMUEL ST AUBIN [CA]
Prosperity II, 2020
5th International Digital Art Biennial
Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal
11.19.2021 - 02.13.2022
Prosperity is a stand-alone device that manages grains of rice. A tweezer moves from one surface to the other, gripping on its way the grains which have been placed randomly, and then depositing them in an orderly manner on another surfaces. This process leaves the grains aligned while preserving their initial orientation. The device, being limited by its own perceptions highlights the exchanges between the machine and the matter. The grain of rice, symbol of fertility and prosperity, is carefully digitized and memorized to be moved.