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Montreal, May 29, 2018 – For its 4th edition, the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) will stage a series of events entirely dedicated to contemporary digital art. The main exhibition will take place from June 29 to August 5, 2018 at Arsenal Contemporary Art in Montreal.
GLOBAL AND NORTH-AMERICAN PREMIERE PERFORMANCES FOR THE ELEKTRA FESTIVAL, JUNE 26 - JULY 1, 2018
For its edition, ELEKTRA offers a series of a unique audio performances. Audiences will have the exclusive opportunity to discover from 26 to 30 June, the performances by Alex Augier (FR) & Alba G. Corral (ES) - end(O), and Chikashi Miyama (JP) - Trajectories in the dome of the Societédes Arts Technologique (SAT).
In the run-up to ELEKTRA’s 20th birthday, the 19th edition of the festival opens on June 29 with an evening of performances in North-American premiere at Arsenal Contemporary Art with French artists :
Tattoo Hacking by NSDOS (FR) examines the link between the actions of the tattoo artist, the tech- nology used, and its relationship with the body.
Some Songs by Anne-James Chaton (FR). With Some Songs, Anne-James Chaton takes as a starting point the songs played in public spaces, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, and waiting rooms, paying special attention to the flow of the lyrics. He then samples and reinterprets the lyrics in sound and image through visual writing based on Morse code, the precursor for digital communication.
«uncan vlley» (uncanny valley) by Freeka Tet (FR). Tet’s performance is a satirical live performance pre- sented as a musical & visual multifaceted’s project focused on finding an instinctive and radical audio lan- guage generated by the intermediary of sensors, DIY Softwares, Game Engines, Face-tracking, & Internet browsing/borrowing.
To open the evening’s events, ELEKTRA – with a continual eye on the Swiss art scene – presents the duo COD.ACT (CH) with the North American debut of their new performance Πton, an intriguing sound installation.
AN INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ART BIENNIAL (BIAN), JUNE 29 TO AUGUST 5, 2018
This year, the BIAN presents its major exhibition AUTOMATA – Sing the Body Electric at Arsenal Contemporary Art from June 29 to August 5, 2018. The program features an eclectic selection of works by Canadian and international artists.
«We consider it essential to offer to the public this type of cultural meeting of international level. This unprecedented event aims to create an unequaled momentum for all contemporary art actors as well as for an audience increasingly interested in the arts and technology.»
Alain Thibault, artistic and general director, ELEKTRA.
PREVIEW SHOWING OF A KOREAN CREATION
The Biennial will be an opportunity for the public to discover a new Korean creation at its world premiere: Over the Air from TeamVoid & Youngkak Cho (KR).
WORLD-RENOWNED INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS
Artist Addie Wagenknecht (US) also uses robots to highlight the inconsistencies of our era. In the Optimization of Parenting, p.II she explores the idea of motherhood as full-time work through the use of a robotic arm designed to optimize the parenting process.
Even more dreamlike is Portrait on the Fly by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau (AT- FR) which offers the viewer an interactive experience. A swarm of thousands of virtual flies conti- nually constructs and reconstructs the portrait of the person standing in front of the screen.
Two interactive works by Daniel Rozin (US/IL) Wooden Mirror and Darwinian Rotating Lines Mirror.
The videos Robot (Resistance series) – School (Resistance series) – Clerk – Brain Surgeon (Obstructions
series) – Ali Kazma (TK).