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Donna Legault (ON-CA) & Émilie Payeur (QC-CA)


JUNE 28 - 30


DRONE draws on research into the physical dynamics of insect flight and behaviour. The installation video merges images from the documentation of live bees with their robotic counterparts that are currently being developed by micro-robotics labs in the US and Japan. The projected light, in collaboration with participants movements, generate a live soundscape that is tuned to bee flight and communication behaviours offering a speculative engagement with the tangible sonic experience of bee activities.

This work will be presented at OBORO at the Main gallery from June 28 to 30.

(ON-CA) Donna Legault's work explores opportunities afforded by technology to acknowledge human/non-human relations through gesture and resonance. Her research is disseminated through modalities of motion and sound via electronic installation, sculpture, drawing, and performance. Current engagements include Open Codes at the ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany; Àdisòkàmagan at The OAG, Ottawa; Il Suono in Mostra in Udine, Italy; BIAN2018 in Montreal; and the Hexagram Exhibition at Ars Electronica in Linz.


Technical support from Martin Peach, Michael Grant, Geneviève Moisan and Celina Legault.


Grants and financial support from SSHRC, Hexagram, Concordia University, Textiles and Materiality, and Elektra.


The support of those unnamed persons who developed, coded, assembled, wove or fabricated the software, hardware and materials that together, co-constitute this work.

Émilie Payeur received the New Media Creation Grant Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal, offered through a partnership between OBORO and the Caisse Desjardins du Plateau-Mont-Royal.

This work will be presented at OBORO at the Petit salon from June 28 to 30.

When I was a child, I thought that bird songs were produced by trees. I came to this conclusion having clearly heard a cacophony of birds, none of which were visible. The idea behind this installation is somehow to revisit this memory, to give it life. Sensors concealed in the branches of a tree collect data that triggers and modifies simulated bird recordings.

Émilie Payeur lives and works in Montreal. She is a multidisciplinary artist, active mainly in experimental music and visual art. Tension, discomfort, voyeurism and the perversion/deviation of reality are very important in her visual work, both in the creative process as well as the completed work itself. Often described as minimalist and even harsh, her music is predominantly based on risk-taking and no-input technique. Émilie is a member of Dead Squirrels (noise music trio), Kohlenstoff Records (label and experimental music collective), Project K (experimental ensemble) and Jeunesse Cosmique (spatial music label and cosmic family).

JUNE 28 - 30


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