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Guillaume Vallée

Guillaume Vallée

experimental movie-maker

Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independant curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts - Film Production option. He's interested in alternative forms of moving images in analogue forms as a way of considering the direct interaction between different mediums. His work is an exploration of materiality within the creative process. In attempts of creating a more complex relationship with his subject matter, Vallée makes use of cross-medium forms that range from camera-less techniques to optical effects, glitch, video feedback, resulting in expended & hybrid pieces.

Vallée is questionning the notions of recycling & reappropriation, treating all material as found footage within a collaborative practice, in film, video & performance. His audiovisual performances have been shown in various festivals (MUTEK, O.F.N.I., FICFA, Les Percéides, (...)) and his experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe, has been screened internationnaly. His latest short film, Le bulbe tragique, won the ''Best Canadian Work'' at WNDX (Festival of Moving Image). He's also the co-founder & programmer of Ibrida*Pluri Festival, along with Sonya Stefan & Samuel Bonony.

Guillaume Vallée's completing a PhD in Études et Pratiques des Arts at UQAM, under the direction of Louis Jacob & Mario Côté. His Research-Creation thesis is about the notions of DIY apparatus, scene and the artist as bricoleur, around the practices of experimental cinema.

Nelly-Ève Rajotte

Nelly-Ève Rajotte

performing and mapping artist

After graduating with a BA in art history, Nelly-Ève Rajotte undertook a second undergraduate degree at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques (UQAM), which led to a master’s degree in 2006. Her works has been presented in numerous exhibitions in Québec – at the SAT, the Darling Foundry, Parisian Laundry, Occurrence, Clark, Optica and Circa among others – and screened in many festivals in Canada – MUTEK, Antimatter Underground Film Festival, Festival International du film sur l’art, and around the world – International short film festival of Berlin and Official Selection at Transmediale Berlin (Germany), Otherworldly, Manchester Urban Screens (UK), EXiS (Korea), Moscow International film Festival and Finnish Contemporary Art Fair.

Multidisciplinary artist Nelly-Ève Rajotte works at the confluence of performance, video and installation. Known among others for her monumental projections, Rajotte is interested in the sensory condition of the spectator experience. She investigates the relationship in space and probes the arborescence of physical sensations and psychological states registered through perception. In this sense, her joint work of image and sound reflects a certain alterity of representation and experience.

Around the recurring figure of the landscape, Rajotte takes a romantic approach where tension and opposition interplay with composition used to explore the building process of the images. She borrows from cinematographic strategies, editing effects and staging that not only transform, but aesthetize reality. The landscape is refined and fragile, and the landscape is thus asserted through the artist’s operations as a cultural object. Her sound accomplishes this unnatural shift of images, weaving around her some sort of atypical universe to the point anxiety. The acoustic environment doubles the sensory experience of the work by simultaneously conflicting and supporting the image’s narrative. These frames meet, repel each other and destabilize their reception, in sort, they challenge the heart of the work.