LOUIS-PHILIPPE DEMERS (CA - AU)
INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ART FESTIVAL
USINE C - 8 PM
JUNE 13 - 15, 2019 Montreal, Canada
BIO - LOUIS-PHILIPPE DEMERS
Louis-Philippe Demers makes large-scale installations and performances. He participated in more than seventy artistic and stage productions and has built more than 375 machines.
Demers' works have been featured at major venues such as Theatre de la Ville, Lille 2004, Expo 1992 and 2000, Sonambiente, ISEA, Siggraph and Sonar.
He received six mentions and one distinction at Ars Electronica, the first prize of Vida 2.0, mentions at Vida 12.0 and 15.0, two jury recommendations at the Japan Media Arts Festival, the Interactive prize for Lightforms 98 and six prizes for Devolution including two Helpmann Awards.
Demers holds a Ph.D. on robotic performances from Plymouth University. He was Professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, affiliated to the world renowned Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM, Germany).
Afterwards, Demers joined the Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) where he was also Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media. Demers is now Professor of Creative Innovation and Director of the Creative Lab at the Queensland University of Technology.
In the midst of the promises and fears surrounding robots and Artificial Intelligence, especially in the manual labour sector, Repeat attempts to imagine the illusory dance moves of the so-called augmented body tainted with the gender stereotypes of human ballet duets.
Repeat shifts the performing body of the assembly line into the performing body onstage, unceasingly carrying out its tasks. The body meshed with the industrial exoskeleton tolerates and sustains strenuous tasks but ironically, it enables those actions to be repeated even more.
Repeat uses passive industrial exoskeletons that are currently deployed in the workplace. This ain’t no fiction, this is the future promised to the human worker.
Repeat is kindly supported by the Canada Council’s New Chapter and the Creative Lab of the Queensland University of Technology (Brisbane, Australia).
Director: Louis-Philippe Demers
Choreographer: Stephanie Hutchison
Dancers: Georgia Pierce, Lauren Sherlock, Charles Ball, Felix Palmerson