Xavier Ménard is a sound artist graduated from Université de Montréal (UdeM) with a bachelor's degree in digital music. He creates his sounds with natural and instrument recordings as well as mixed electric components (switches, mixing boards, synthesizer, oscillators). He also collaborates on a variety of artistic projects, creating interactive sound installations with Camille St-Amand since 2016 (menard_st-amand) and art performances with visual artist Roxane Lussier since 2021 (Rox & Xav). His work reaches the public during various events and festivals across Canada.
Myriam Bleau is a composer, digital artist and performer based in Montréal. Using music and sound as a point of departure, she creates audiovisual performances, video works, installations and interactive interfaces that articulate sound, light and movement. Her work is mainly channeled through performance, embracing ephemeral and elusive contexts. From code and machine learning to physical computing and devices, she considers technology as another agency that co-creates the output. Her hybrid practice explores porous spaces between the physical and the virtual world, between the natural and the synthetic. Her work has been recognized and presented internationally for over 10 years, in festivals and events such as Prix Ars Electronica (AT), Sónar (ES, HK), Transmediale (DE), Sonic Arts Award (IT), Elektra (CA), Mutek (MX, CA, JP, AR), ISEA (CA, KR), ACT (KR), L.E.V et LABoral (ES), Scopitone (FR), Café Oto (UK).
This audiovisual performance highlights the tensions created by intrusive thoughts through dark, fragmented sounds and visuals. In Points de tension(s), a modular synthesizer, guitar and electronic soundscape, accompanied by a fragmented visual discourse, work with dynamic cuts and stroboscopic effects created in real time.