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19/08/2015 23:00 GMT


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POWEr (2009)

POWEr : 45min audiovisual performance
©2009 burton + roy

POWEr is a performance based on high-voltage electromagnetic perturbations, by Alexandre Burton and Julien Roy. Using an audio-modulated Tesla coil as a live instrument, electrical arcs are generated and transformed in an ongoing, realtime audiovisual process. Electricity is used as a subtle yet intense material, manifested as an instrinsically synesthesic phenomenae.

Building on a context that’ is halfway between a musical presentation and a media arts installation, POWEr is in line with Artificiel’'s development. Having charted a singular path in their work with sonic properties and electrical impulse through previous projects such as bulbes (2003) and beyond6281 (2004), as well as cultivating a performative dimension with later works such as cubing (2006) and artificiel.process() (2008), POWEr takes its place by raising the stakes of spontaneity and working with evermore complex musical and visual structures.

While framing the striking imagery of the raw electrical arcs is a central aspect of the work, it is also a counterweight to some theoretical preoccupations which traverse the body of works coming from the Artificiel studio, namely: the Desubjectification of Sound and Image Materials, R&D Creativity as the Consequence of Artistic Research and (most importantly) the Building of a Genuine Digital Performance Practice.


Created at Mutek at Monument National (Montréal) in May 2009.

Presented at Todaysart (Den Haag [nl] 2009), Transmediale (Berlin [de] 2010), Mois Multi (Québec [ca] 2010), AV Festival (Newcastle [uk] 2010), Nuits sonores (Lyon [fr] 2010), Code Zero (Bratislava [sk] 2010), Seconde nature (Aix-en-Provence [fr] 2010), Sonar (Barcelona [es] 2010), TEKS (Trondheim [no] 2010),

POWEr is a commission for the 10th edition of MUTEK. This project has been supported by the Canada Arts Council and the Conseil des arts et lettres du Qu�bec. artificiel also thanks Steve Ward for his contribution to the development of our realtime modulated DRSSTC.