An international exhibition which gathers artists around the themes of Poetry, Humour and the Everyday. We give the following definitions to these words: Poetry relates to a concise image of great density, the awareness of a gesture - simple and human, the space occupied by a moment charged with emotion; Humour is mockery in the face of helplessness, survival in the midst of the absurd, the capacity to laugh at oneself; the Everyday is the next instant open before one, a recurring rendez-vous with authenticity, a perpetual questioning. 32 artists from Québec, Canada and abroad will participate in this exhibition.
According to Amerindian legend, good and bad dreams float in the air of the night. The dreamcatcher receives them all. The bad dreams are held in the net and kept until the light of dawn appears and burns them. The good dreams, knowing the road towards the hole in the centre, penetrate the feathers and are kept so that they can come back another night to be dreamt again.
Today, the dreamcatcher is suspended everywhere where it might bring us positive energy. The dreamcatcher alludes to emotions, intuition, nature, harmony, sensuality, playfulness, seduction, yin and yang, intelligence, poetry. The dreamcatcher is conscious of the world. His actions are not innocent.
C'est la vie (That's Life) The exhibition C'est la vie brings together the work of six international artists who have chosen to use video and photos as their means of communication.
For a number of years now, it has been evident that many creators are once again interested in less ambitious forms of expression, in contrast with artistic trends that often lack meaning or seem grandiloquent. Some artists have decided to go back to the very beginning, taking everyday life as their starting point. Analysis of the circumstances of their private lives (family, home and work) serves as their inspiration in the creation of works that are filled with a surprising freshness. Moreover, their creations enable us to discover aspects of this theme which are often forgotten but that are perennial within the world of art - the confrontation between what is intimate and authentic and what is false or artificial.
The preference of these six artists for highly modern media, such as video or photography, is striking. Nowadays, everybody has a television set, a photographic camera or a video camera at home. These tools have become everyday items. The commonplace nature of these media is borne in mind by the six artists selected. Their attitude as creator and their point of view are close to the position of every mother or father. The themes dealt with are everyday situations, based on pure, harsh reality. They try to avoid every unnecessary "mise-en-scène". Chance and the unexpected often play a leading role.
Lucy Gunning et Sally Mann invite us to discover intimate universes observed with a feminine sensibility. Joël Bartoloméo et Stefan Banz share the same obsessive, almost scientific taste for the minor incidents and hazards of daily life. Erwin Wurm and Joachim Mogarra's arrangements and manipulations are alike in the way that they both have of seducing us by their search for the poetry hidden in the inanimate world of the ordinary objects of our everyday existence.
We have here six points of view - six radical, personal and different positions in which we can nevertheless detect the same passion, the same love for what is small and what is real.
Co-production: Hilde Teerlinck /
Transarchitectures 02 This international exhibition regroups fifteen architects who explore the virtual space opened up by new technologies.The abandonment of Euclidean geometry introduces a new dimension previously unknown to the architectural tradition. Cyber-architecture takes form in front of our eyes and announces a radical transformation of conceptual methods. The architectural project spreads out in time and in space, inventing its own limits in the process. These most up-to-date experiences of architecture engaged in the numerical question invite us to discover surprising mutations of our environment.
Bernard Tschumi TIn another room, the « Centre de design de l’UQUÀM, » offers visitors an introduction to the architectural conception of the « Studio national des arts contemporains Le Fresnoy » in Tourcoing, France, by the architect Bernard Tschumi.
Director of « Centre de design de l’UQÀM » :
We are presenting a selection of artworks conceived for the Web within the framework of La Biennale de Montréal 1998. The projects for La Biennale are grouped around the theme of Poetry, Humour, and the Everyday, and distinguish themselves by their quality. The selection of the Web projects was made from works which have already been reviewed in The CIAC's Electronic Magazine. The works will be accessable at the Musée Juste pour Rire, where all the multimedia works will be grouped.
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