As part of a project that is taking place from 2019 to 2021, LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE welcomes Jean-François Côté in residence from November 5 to December 15, 2019. This first residence will allow him to begin a long process of creation that will continue with co-producers of the Quebec City. In this project, Côté wants to build a place where each spectator has the opportunity to develop their own time frames and explore the multiple narratives of a video and sound device. Thus, the artist has the desire to question the place of the human in the current society. Migration, territory and border experiences are at the heart of an open narrative. A residency presentation will take place on December 12, 2019 at 5PM.
In the exhibition space, it is through the multi-screen video projection, the audio channels and the physical elements that the stories will be (re) constructed. Specifically, the viewer will move in the reconstruction of a film studio created by the installation. He will do his own editing and audiovisual mixing by reconstructing the visual plans each time according to a new duration by proposing a wandering experience in space. The installation sets are intended to be open and unfinished from the outside and mark the passages between production (the studio) and dissemination space (the gallery). The idea is to create a fictional place in which past, present and future times come together in the experience of the same physical place. The viewer can strolling through space and compose narrative from existing scenes of the past in the form of projections on some elements of the decor that serve as a screen. The present is organized around performances in real time while scenes are being "lived", at certain times in the exhibition, with actors performing in front of the spectator who participates indirectly. The future, meanwhile, is anticipated by sets where the scenes to be shot are coming. In parallel and simultaneously, filmed and played scenes will be offered to the viewer in the installation. The idea is to explore the meeting between the ephemerality of the performative gesture and the duration of the video and audio shared in the installation device.
This project is made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and is co-produced with La Bande Vidéo, LA CHAMBRE BLANCHE, Recto-Verso and Spira.
The artist thanks : Étienne Baillargeon, Carol-Ann Belzil-Normand, Ludovic Boney, Émile Bureau, Martin Bureau, Ginelle Chagnon, Anaïs Côté, Claude-Olivier Guay, Sylvain Hotte, Carl-Dave Lagotte, Nady Larchet, Geneviève Martel, David Paré, Slobodan Radosavljevic, François Vallée.