Némo – International Biennial of Digital Arts of the Île-de-France Region, produced by CENTQUATRE-PARIS.
October 9, 2021 - January 9, 2022
This year, on the occasion of the 4th edition of the Némo Biennial produced by the CENTQUATRE-PARIS, ELEKTRA presents the performance Falaises by Alexis Langevin-Tétrault, Guillaume Côté and Dave Gagnon and the installation I Heard There Was A Secret Chord by Daily tous les jours (Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat)
Dedicated to digital arts, audiovisual performances, live shows in connection with new technologies and the relationship between arts and sciences, Némo – International Biennial of Digital Arts of the Ile-de-France Region, presents exhibitions, shows, performances, concerts and lectures in 30 venues spanning the Ile-de-France region for three months. For this 4th edition, the Biennale Némo explores a new theme: Beyond reality? Revealing the invisible through digital arts, sciences and technology.
I HEARD THERE WAS A SECRET CHORD, 2017
I Heard There Was a Secret Chord © Daily tous les jours, Melissa Mongiat & Mouna Andraos.
Photo: Stephen Chung
A project by Daily Tous Les Jours (Melissa Mongiat & Mouna Andraos)
At any given moment, hundreds of people are listening to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at the same time. I Heard There Was a Secret Chord creates a metaphysical connection between them through a sensory experience, in an attempt to demystify this universal hymn.
The room is an octagonal floor with a series of suspended microphones. Unexpectedly, the microphones are not meant to record or project voices; they are used to transform voices into vibrations. When one hums into a microphone, the sound makes the floor vibrate. The vibrations increase in intensity as more people join the choir.
A commission from the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art in collaboration with the National Film Board of Canada.
Falaises combines the musical practices of composers Guillaume Côté and Alexis Langevin-Tétrault with the work of visual artist Dave Gagnon.
Standing halfway between artistic installation and video art, the collective offers a performance using digital audio tools and modular synthesizers, which disrupt in real time the video projections and light matter presented on a unique multi-support device.
The aesthetics of the work exploit the sonic dichotomy between noise and tonality, as well as the interplay of moiré, shadows and visual anomalies.
The result is a fascinating, structured but lively work, evoking the contemplation of a luminous storm at the edge of the abyss.
Opening night of the Nemo Biennial
October 9, 2021 - 8:30 - 11:30PM
Falaises © Alexis Langevin-Tétrault, Guillaume Côté & Dave Gagnon Photo: David Gallard
With the support of the Fonds franco-québécois pour la coopération décentralisée (FFQCD) and la Délégation Générale du Québec