• Machines: The Shapes of Movement

    Date posted: April 27, 2011 Author: jolanta

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce
    Art x Women at The Affordable Art Fair NYC Spring 2011


    The Manif d’art – the Québec City Biennial is one of the premier activities of Manifestation Internationale d’Art de Québec, whose mission is to promote research and experimentation in art through the presentation of cutting edge visual art from Québec, Canada and abroad. General and artistic director Claude Bélanger is pleased to count on experienced curator Nicole Gingras for the 2012 edition of the Manif d’art. In his words, “her contemporary and innovative proposals have given rise to exhibitions that are true instruments of reflection, enabling her to bring forward the characteristics that are specific to the Manif d’art. Her vast network, particularly in France, Germany and the Scandinavian countries and keen understanding of the Québec, Canadian and European scenes will contribute to the biennial’s continued ascension among major international events.” Ms. Gingras responded to the invitation to curate Manif d’art 6 with enthusiasm.
    The main lines of the Manif d’art 6, as defined by guest curator Nicole Gingras will be developed around the word machine and the movements they make. Our world is inhabited by inventions designed to simplify, complexify, mask and transform our relationship to the world. A machine generates, exposes and documents movement. It makes the processes of creation and learning visible and perceptible. It introduces us to moving, this mobile aspect of the phenomena that stimulate humans and keep us alive.
    The interests of participating artists comprise words, drawing, kinetic art, sound art, performance, cinema and video. The curator hopes to address the theme from various angles: the mechanical or technical (animation, reanimation, kinetics, recording, dissemination), the conceptual (reflection and the articulation of thought, the creative process) or metaphorical (viewing or listening machines, dreaming machines, utopian machines). She foresees uniting big and small machines: serious, absurd, useful, lucid, derogatory, eccentric, essential, discrete or sometimes even invisible. From one exhibition to the next, visitors will discover, among other things, works created through the use of simple mechanisms or amazingly complex setups. They will be able to observe the drawings or sketches of a machine or a future invention or consult real or fictional texts on the subject.
    The entire event will be developed around works presented both in and out of galleries over a six-week period in various Québec City venues. The one-off events segment of the Manif d’art, comprising actions, sound performances and concerts, will be targeted to respect the singularity and specificity of artistic approaches based on the moment at hand, ephemeral manifestations or improvisation. The biennial’s program will be complemented by meetings with artists and by conferences led by a philosopher, an historian and a researcher. The arts scene and the general public are warmly invited.
    Manifestation internationale d’art de Québec
    160, rue Saint-Joseph Est,
    1 418.524.1917

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