Myriam Boucher is a video and sound artist based in Montreal (Canada). Her sensitive and polymorphic work concerns the intimate dialogue between music, sound and image, through visual music, audiovisual performance, Vjing and immersive projects. Fascinated by the natural environment, she creates audiovisual compositions from the landscape and the relationship that human maintains with it. Her work, « evocative in its dynamism, brings its audience close to something akin to feeling multiple emotions all at once » (The Link). Her commission list is varied and distinguished and includes the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Magnitude6, Collectif9 and Architek Percussion. As VJ, she performed with many artists/DJ such as Mind Against (IT), Medasin (US) and DJ Lag (ZA). Her work has won prizes in the 2015 and 2016 (first prize) JTTP awards, the LUFF 2017 (best experimental short-movie award), the 2015 JIM Electroacoustic Compositions Competition and the Bourse Euterke 2015, and has been presented at many international events and places, including Mutek (CA, AE), Kontakte (DE), Igloofest (CA), Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois (CA), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg (FR), and Akousma (CA).
Darsha Hewitt is a Canadian/Berlin based artist known for her examinations of communication technology in the domestic sphere and her use of DIY aesthetics and practices as an artistic method. Her work is interdisciplinary and often uses electronic sound as a central medium. She makes electromechanical sound installations, drawings, audio-visual works, how-to videos, sculptural installations and experimental performances with handmade electronics. Darsha is a visiting faculty member in Sound Studies and Sonic Art at the Art University of Berlin.
Geronimo Inutiq is an electronic music producer, performer, DJ, multi-media artist, and operator of the Indigene Audio independent tape label. Starting off as a hip hop producer in Quebec City with seminal Presha Pack crew in the mid-90s, Inutiq started further exploring electronic music production techniques through private research and at Concordia University. Known for his work as "madeskimo" - and helping innovate a fusion of Inuit throat-singing and drumming with electronic beats - Inutiq has also become recognized for doing video and visual art in the context of museum, galleries, and public exhibits. His work has been presented across Canada and internationally, including the Transmediale Festival in Berlin. Inutiq has remained socially involved - not just by representing Inuit peoples with his remixes and productions of Inuit traditional sounds and language that he performs - also through sharing his skills and experience in the context of workshops for indigenous community organizations. His work operating the Indigene Audio independent tape label continues to be a creative outlet for Inutiq and his friends from different areas around the world to continue producing independent music projects. Photo: Jocelyn Piirainen
Jaroslaw Kapuscinski is an intermedia composer and pianist. He has received numerous awards, among others, at the UNESCO Film sur l'Art Festival in Paris in 1992, VideoArt Festival in Locarno in 1992 and 1993, Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Éléctronique in Montréal in 1993 and International Festival of New Cinema and New Media in Montréal in 2000. Kapuscinski's primary interest is creation and performance of works, in which musical instruments are used to control multimedia content. He was first trained as a classical pianist and composer at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and expanded into multimedia at a residency at Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada (1988) and during doctoral studies at the University of California, San Diego (1992-1997). Kapuscinski is actively involved in intermedia education. He was a postdoc and lecturer at McGill University in Montreal, has taught at the Conservatory of Music at University of the Pacific, and has lectured internationally. Currently he is Associate Professor of Composition at Stanford University.
Norman McLaren was a creative and technical innovator whose film career spanned more than 50 years, during which he created a body of work that has no peer in cinema. Considered an artist, animator, filmmaker, scientist, inventor, musician and technical expert, his work might be better classified as experimental than as animation. His films are artisanal creations designed to provoke an aesthetic response, although they also inform, amuse and entertain. At the age of twenty-seven the Scottish-Canadian animator joined the National Film Board in October, 1941 at the invitation of John Grierson. The most honoured Canadian filmmaker, McLaren received hundreds of prizes, awards and distinctions (an estimated 200 international awards) throughout his career and posthumously. The NFB honoured the filmmaker in 1987 by renaming their Montréal headquarters the Norman McLaren Building. (source: The Film Companion; Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film)
Gordon Monahan - His works for piano, loudspeakers, video, kinetic sculpture, and computer-controlled sound environments span various genres from avant-garde concert music to multi-media installation and sound art. As a composer and sound artist, he juxtaposes the quantitative and qualitative aspects of natural acoustical phenomena with elements of media technology, environment, architecture, popular culture, and live performance. Gordon Monahan is the recipient of a 2013 Governor-General's Award in Visual and Media Arts. See the artist's webpage for his full biography.
Jeff Morris presents work that challenges its surroundings. He's written for toy piano, robots, Sudoku, the New England forest, and an Airstream trailer, he's presented work in museums (Athens, Milan), a rooftop (Chicago), and a presidential library (Austin), and won awards in France, Portugal, and New York City.
Nelly-Ève Rajotte - 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. While Rajotte's practice began with an art history degree in the mid-90's, her desire for hands-on artmaking led to a masters degree in visual arts at UQAM School of Visual and Media Arts. Currently she is an artist in residence at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University.