Stéphane Gilot and Sara Létourneau
Un opéra pour demi-sous-sol
RESIDENCY June 18 to August 23, 2018
EXHIBITION August 24 to September 13, 2018
HUIS-CLOS June 22 to 25, 2018
OPENING August 24, 2018, 19h
A COLLABORATION with Tim Brady and the CEM
Tu n’es pas ici au bord du ruisseau
Et ce qui brille ici
N’est pas un vif poisson.
Tu as plongé à la vitesse de l’éclair
Tu as plongé très profond
Tu as plongé loin, très loin :
C’est ici, tout au fond,
Qu’est l’étoile inconnue.
– Kurt Schwitters, Collision, 1927
Collision is an installative, performative and musical research-creation that has made its way through the whole summer. It quickly became, by encounters and spontaneities, the pooling of a small group of artists and organizations. In the spirit of an spacial exquisite corpse, the residence is approached as a research platform favoring the collision of affirmed aesthetic identities and the emergence of a work-event combining a mobile architectural space and a performative work.
The title of the project “Collision” evokes the opera written by Kurt Schwitters in 1927; a Dadaist hijacking of the operatic format that evokes the arrival of a comet and the inevitable end of the world. Our collision is an opera designed for the semi-basement that characterizes the LOBE center; a Space Opera for an interpreter and a musician.
The artists thank Guillaume Thibert for his assistance.
Stéphane Gilot has lived and worked in Montreal since 1996. He is a native of Belgium. He holds an MA in visual and media arts from the University of Québec in Montreal. Gilot’s hybrid constructions and imaginary locales invite us to take part in an array of situations. Dubbed “plans d’évasions”, these constructions are a set of autonomous units that contribute to the construction of the “performative city,” an on-going and evolving project. The presentation of these structures—drawings, watercolors, models, shelters, video components—betray a marked interest in the social organization of cities, in our behavioural habits, and in a reconsidered anthropology of habitat. His architectural installations and video performances have been shown extensively in Canada and abroad (Belgium, France, Germany, USA, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Finland and Brazil).
Sara Letourneau works in visual arts, performance, theater and music. Internationally recognized as a performer, she has presented her performance art actions in more than forty events in Canada, United States, Europe and Asia. Her work in visual art has been presented several times in Quebec, including her installations in duo with Magali Baribeau-Marchand, presented at the Bang Art Center, Langage Plus artists-run center, the FAC of St-Lambert, in several institutional and private galleries and at the Baie-Saint-Paul Contemporary Art Symposium. She has participated in several theatrical projects as an actress, designer or performer (La Rubrique, Le Trillium, Canada Research Chair in Sound Dramaturgy, CEM, Théâtre du Faux-Coffre). Since 2015, she has worked with Guillaume Thibert on a Francophone performative electro-folk song project, Stellaire.
Tim Brady is a composer and guitarist who has created music in a wide range of genres ranging from chamber and orchestral music to electroacoustic works, chamber opera, contemporary dance scores, jazz and free improvisation. He has been commissioned and performed by numerous ensembles and orchestras in North America and Europe including the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, New Music Concerts, INA-GRM (Radio-France), the English Guitar Quartet, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Esprit Orchestra (CBC), the Philadelphia-based Relâche ensemble, the Australian group Topology, and the British string ensemble The Smith Quartet.
Collision: Un opéra pour demi-sous-sol – Performance (vidéo intégrale)
Photo credits: Tom Core