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Catherine Béchard & Sabin Hudon: Free-Fall of Possibilities

Art Currents Institute
547 West 27th Street, No. 210
July 12 - July 28, 2012
Reception: Thursday, July 12, 6 - 8 PM
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Catherine Béchard & Sabin Hudon: Free-Fall of Possibilities

July 12 – July 28, 2012 Opening Event: Thursday, July 12, 6-8pm

All exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Free-Fall of Possibilities: Free-Fall of Possibilities is made up of ten automated mechanical units. They are in fact fishing rods to which are attached tiny vibratory motors. Swiveling freely at the end of the lines, they become vibrating baits, artificial lures that come into contact with glass containers of various shapes and sizes. This launches a mechanical ballet, a kind of resonant vertigo, a choreography producing a multitude of aleatory, sudden and unexpected sounds.

Free-Fall of Possibilities is about human movement within space and time. A string of mechanical movements, of acoustic sequences and events translate the empirical experience that we unconsciously make of reality. The visitor witnesses an alteration in the temporality of sensory perceptions. At times contemplative, they smooth out and skim over time; at others overactive and stimulated, they go to the other extreme tossing about in intense, frenetic and unstable movements. Caught up in observation, the visitor continually reshapes his own chain of events. They materialize, rearrange, break up, change at a moment’s notice, mislead and distort sensory intuition.

Free-Fall of Possibilities is meant as a metaphor for all of the “little deaths” that we mourn throughout our lifetime. The one of language: restrained and unspoken words. The one of gesture: curbed, aborted, interrupted or consciously abandoned impulses. It embodies these apprehensions, these constant tensions produced by an anticipated reality whose dynamics persistently elude us.

The artists wish to thank Marc Juneau for the design of the programming interface and the controlling cards and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for their financial support.

BIO: Catherine Béchard and Sabin Hudon form an artist’s duo who live and work in Montreal in the fields of sound sculpture, kinetic sound installations, audio art, electronic art and performance. Animated objects and their components have been at the heart of their research and creation from the very beginning. By assembling the fleeting pull forces that sight, touch and sound exert on each other, the duo realise installations which attempt to make visible and audible trivial details of our everyday microcosm. These are shaped by the space environment itself as well as the motivity or stillness of people in the installation. Their collaborative works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout major Canadian cities, the Czech Republic, Brazil, the United States and Germany. A bilingual colour monograph of the twosome’s installation works has been published in 2011 at Éditions OBORO. The duo is represented by Laroche/Joncas Gallery in Montreal.
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