© Manon Labrecque, carnet de voyages, 2005
créer à bras-le-corps
SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
Vidéographe and Dazibao have invited the video artist Manon Labrecque for their new dv_vd screening.
a few words from the artist
My creative work is rooted in the body, in the attention given to physical sensations and in movement. I am interested in the body’s interior and exterior spaces… in physical and psychological relationships… in the embodiment of the poetic. I develop strategies to gain access to human vulnerability and strength, to delve into the interior of the being… in its depths and also its voids.
Notions of duality, of the double, of life and of death… also of ‘corporisation’ and dematerialization, gravitation and levitation…of processes of transformation are recurrent elements in my artistic practice.
I became acquainted with video in 1992… But given that I have a rather curious and inquisitive nature, over the years I have also created links with other artistic disciplines. Now, I have the pleasure of presenting to you a program bringing together for the first time works made between 2005 and 2018… Showing (among other manifestations) actions from the entirety of my practice and my artistic sensibility.
There will be bodies that fall and that levitate… bodies that appear and then disappear… silent bodies and louder bodies… bodies that contemplate and those that search… but all images and sounds create à bras-le-corps!
I thank the teams at Vidéographe and Dazibao for this invitation!
PROGRAMME (60 min)
se faire tout un scénario, 2 min 21 s, 2011
the splendours of reality and variations on the same theme.
carnet de voyages, 25 min 29 s, 2005
some experiments to tame the gravitational force [and other gravities]… and the desire to escape it.
contagion, 1 min 12 s, 2008
an attempt at echokinesis… to create a physically contagious but inoffensive moment…just a few seconds of involuntary instinctive empathy.
Actions , 9 min 16 sec, 2005
*video made in collaboration with Martin Tétreault
physical and sound games with a turntable… games always played with two and without ever touching!
entrevue [avec une célébrité], 5 min 1 s, [v1]-2009 [v2]-2018
a philosophical and existential interview with a celebrity that I admire.
double, 6 min 45 s, 2011
chasms and reflections… the depths of the image of the self… in itself.
selfie, 3 min 30 s, 2015
overcome the fear of losing the image of the self.
ceux qui [se] cherchent, 6 min 27 s, 2018
Jane Goodall: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.”
15 secondes et 23 cadres, 15 sec 23 frames, 2018
an activist-and-diehard protest.
I have degrees in contemporary dance and visual arts. Since 1991, I have made videos [single-channel and installation], performances, drawings, photographs, kinetic and sound installations.
For further information: manonlabrecque.com
Montréal-based DJ, improviser, sound designer and artist, Martin Tétreault creates sound performances with turntables he has made or adapted himself. He has participated in numerous sound and media arts festivals and events in Quebec and abroad. He has been involved in numerous music, dance, poetry, installation and performance projects and has made more than 50 discs with artists from Quebec and beyond. In 2004, at the request of choreographer Lynda Gaudreau, he developed a musical notation system and surfaces to play, which led him to establish and perform with the turntable quartet Quatuor de tourne-disques, and with whom he released Points, lignes avec haut-parleurs on the Oral label. This affinity for dance continues with recent creations for Le chant des sirènes, by Sylvain Émard Danse, and 9, by Hélène Blackburn for Cas public. In 2015, curator Nicole Gingras published Des disques et un couteau, a monograph documenting Tétreault’s artistic work.