Project: Quebec Digital, New York Role: Co-Curator

In 2014, the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques or CQAM, invited FuturePerfect to co-curate a series of audio-visual performances by Quebec artists as part of Quebec Digital Art 2015. The performances were part of a larger event celebrating the anniversary of the New York City Quebec Delegation. Together with our partner ELEKTRA, FuturePerfect presented acclaimed artists Herman Kolgen and Nicolas Bernier at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, New York on October 24, 2015.

Kolgen performed Dust, an audiovisual masterpiece inspired by Man Ray’s photograph “Elevage de Poussiere.” Concerned with giving form to what the eye cannot capture, Kolgen creates a spectacular world from mere dust particles, revealing their fibrous networks, deep structures and hypnotic complexities. At the threshold between the invisible and the visible, Dust becomes intoxicating and the video surface a veritable accumulation of x-rays. Simultaneously emotional and conceptual, audiences will never see or hear dust again in the same way.

Nicolas Bernier performed Frequencies (synthetic variations), part of an ongoing process that draws upon basic generative systems. Performed in real-time, this was Bernier’s first laptop performance, a dialogue between sound, light and material. Frequencies consists of pre-written sequences of synthetic sounds with light synchronized within small acrylic structures; a digital work visually translated into physical elements. With incredible precision and minimal means, Bernier creates a mesmerizing work where audiences can either hear the light or see the sound.