Multidisciplinary artist


Balance Unbalance 2017 – A Sense of Place.
Plymouth, UK.
August 21 - 23, 2017.

Distances : latences.
Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal (QC), Canada.
Curator : Nathalie Bachand. Exhibition for the 375th anniversary of Montréal : Un million d'horizons (1x19=1 000 000).
June 21 - August 20, 2017.

Past events

Artist in residence at Gros Morne National Park, partnership between The Rooms and Parks Canada. Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
June 26 - July 28, 2017.

POST-, La Minute vidéo Folie/Culture 2017.
La Chambre Blanche. Québec (QC), Canada.
May 10, 2017.

Artist in residence at La Chambre Blanche. Québec (QC), Canada.
March 13 - May 5, 2017.
Presentation March 30 at 5PM.

Artist in residence at Centre Sagamie. Alma (QC), Canada.
November 21-25, 2016.

Variations for strings and winds.
ARTVstudio. Montreal (QC), Canada.
June 21 - August 28, 2016.

Lost in Space.
Salle de diffusion de Parc-Extension, Montreal (QC), Canada.
The International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN).
July 6 - August 28, 2016.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga.
Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger, Victoriaville (QC), Canada.
Festival international de musique actuelle de Victoriaville.
Curator : Érick D’Orion
May 16 - June 11, 2016.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga.
Presented at Manif d'art's window during Mois Multi 17.
600 côte d'Abraham, Québec (QC), Canada.
February 3-27, 2016.

Interdisciplinairy research residency in arts, sciences and technologies.
Collaboration between Sporobole and the 3IT of Université de Sherbrooke.
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga.
Presented from 4PM to midnight through Sporobole's window.
Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.
December 10-18, 2015.

RIDM | Montreal International Documentary Festival
Norman-McLaren Hall of Cinémathèque québécoise.
335, De Maisonneuve East, Montreal, Québec, Canada.
November 12-22, 2015.

Spaces Under Scrutiny | Quebec Digital Art in NYC
Knockdown Center.
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, New York. USA.
October 22-24, 2015.

Solo show at Espace F - GAM.
Matane, Quebec, Canada.
July 10 - September 20, 2015.

IndieBo - Festival de Cine Independiente de Bogotá
Bogotá, Colombia.
July 16 - 26, 2015.

LOOP Barcelona 2015
NOISE – Ruta del Gótico | Estudio Nómada.
Carrer de la Palma de Sant Just 7, 08002, Barcelona, Spain.
May 29 - 30, 2015.

New Frontier Exhibition at the Sundance Film Festival.
573 Main Street, Park City, USA.
January 23rd to 31st 2015.

Lives and Times of the Plateau
Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
October 23rd 2013 to January 4th 2015.

Plugin Istanbul
Confluence, Perte de Signal members group exhibition.
The Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center. Istanbul, Turkey.
Novembre 13th to 16th 2014.

FILE - Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica.
FIESP Cultural Center. São Paulo, Brazil.
August 25th to October 5th 2014.

Samband íslenskra myndlistarmanna Residency.
Supported by the CCA and CALQ.
Reykjavík, Iceland.
August 2014.

Trace(s) - Festival des arts numériques.
Centre d'art rhodanien Saint-Maur, Bagnols-sur-Cèze, France.
May 15th to June 4th 2014.

Papilles et pixels.
Montreal Science Centre. Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
May 15th 2014.

Dérive at Électrochoc 9.
Halle Grenette, Bourgoin-Jallieu, France.
April 3rd to 12th 2014.

Neural 47, Art in the age of neurological reproduction
Neural issue #47 features an interview with Novi_sad and Neuroplanets's artwork on its cover.

BorderBody - Mixing Identities
MECA Mediterráneo Centro Artístico. Almeria, Spain.
February 7th and 21st 2014.

BorderBody - Mixing Identities
Palazzo Barone Ferrara. Bari, Italy.
February 13th to 21st 2014.

The Wrong - The New Digital Art Biennale
Homeostasis Lab
November 1st 2013 to January 31st 2014.

Group exhibition with Perte de Signal members Nelly-Ève Rajotte and Alexis Bellavance curated by Charlotte Panaccio-Letendre. Shown as part of the 27th edition of the Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA). Thanks to the Canada Cousil for the Arts for its support.
Galerie Sans Nom.
Moncton, New-Brunswick, Canada.
November 15th to December 20th 2013.

Show OFF
Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France.
October 21st to 23rd 2013.

Avatar's 40 000 ans Electronic Publication.
Available September 21st 2013 on the iTune Store and on the web. It features a text by Nathalie Bachand about Dérive.

Liminal Spaces curating for Espace [IM] Média 2013.
I've had the pleasure to invite and work with Isabelle Hayeur, Nelly-Ève Rajotte, Aram Bartholl and Niklas Roy for the 4th edition of Espace [IM] Média 2013, a biennal event dedicated to media art and digital culture. Their interventions will be shown throughout Sherbrooke (QC, Canada) from July 31 to August 2013.
More info and documentation can be found here.

Artwork for the album Neuroplanets, a project by sound artist and musician Novi_sad in collaboration with BJ Nilsen, Daniel Menche, Francisco López and Mika Vainio.

Defrost at Festival internacional de la imagen.
Centro Cultural y de Convenciones Teatro los Fundadores. Manizales, Colombia.
April 15th to 19th 2013.

Dérive at Mois Multi 14
Avatar, Quebec city (Quebec, Canada).
February 15th to 28th 2013, from 12PM to 6PM.
Opening February 14th 2013 at 6PM.

Dérive at ISEA2012 Albuquerque : Machine Wilderness
Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (New Mexico, USA).
September 19th 2012 to January 6th 2013.

ISEA2012 review by THE Magazine (Santa Fe, NM).
ISEA2012 review by The Institute of Creative Technologies.
Interview with Larry Heard, Temporary Art Review.
KASA TV coverage of ISEA2012 at the Albuquerque Museum.

Artist in residence at Museu da Imagem e do Som (São Paulo, Brazil).
Collaboration between MIS, Avatar, la Bande Vidéo and La chambre blanche.
November and December 2012.

Artist in residence at Avatar (Quebec city, QC, Canada).
November 2012.

Group exhibition with Perte de Signal members Nelly-Ève Rajotte and Alexis Bellavance curated by Charlotte Panaccio-Letendre.
Espace Cercle Carré (Montreal, QC, Canada).
November 1st to 24th 2012.

Géographies variables
Group exhibition at Beenox Building (305 boul. Charest Est, 9th floor, Quebec city, QC, Canada).
October 19th to November 11th 2012.

Group exhibition with Perte de Signal members Nelly-Ève Rajotte and Alexis Bellavance curated by Charlotte Panaccio-Letendre.
Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville (Drummondville, QC, Canada).
September 4th to October 21st 2012.

Dérivées locales
Perte de Signal's Confluence exhibition at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal, Canada) from May 3rd to June 2nd 2012. In collaboration with the International Digital Arts Biennial.

Dérive at Art Rock festival (Saint-Brieuc, France)
May 22nd to 28th 2012.

Dérive at Bouillants #4 // Frontières (Vern-sur-Seiche, France)
April 21st to May 20th 2012.

Presentation at the International Marketplace for Digital Arts.
Cinémathèque québécoise - Fernand-Séguin Theatre (Montreal, Canada).
May 4th 2012 at 3 PM.

Solo exhibition at Galerie Verticale (Laval, Canada).
March 24th to April 28th 2012.
Presentation April 28th at noon organized in collaboration with the International Digital Arts Biennial.

Sabord magazine. March 2012 - no 91, Surveillance
Article by Annie Hudon Laroche about Chronoscopies and Dérive (in French).

Art Souterrain 2012
Montreal Central Station (Montreal, Canada).
February 25th to March 11th 2012.

Artist in residence at AADN (Lyon, France).
October 31st to November 23rd 2011.

Presentation of Dérive and of my residency's work in progress.
Salle des Rancy. 249 Vendôme, Lyon.
November 11th and 12th 2011.

Les éditions esse contemporary art benefit auction.
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (Montreal, Canada).
November 17th 2011 at 6 PM.

Interstices - Coefficients d'intimité / Amplified Intimacies
Publication Launch at OBORO (Montreal, Canada).
November 10 2011.

Dérive at Espace [im] média
Outdoor interactive screen near the Marché de la Gare in Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada). From September 6 to 18 2011, 7h30 PM to midnight.

Artist in residence at Sporobole (Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada), summer 2011.

L'atomisation du temps
Solo exhibition at Occurrence (5277 avenue du Parc, Montreal).
May 7th to June 18th 2011.
Presented in collaboration with Elektra.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga

This project was initiated during a residency in Iceland in August 2014. I was south of Vatnajökull when warnings of the possible eruption of the Bárðarbunga subglacial stratovolcano begun. They were communicated in a spectacular, almost apocalyptic way by some international media while a certain calm reigned in the areas I was traveling through. I was regularly checking webcams installed in the region, consulting weather and seismic data to see how the situation evolved (examples : 1, 2, 3 & 4). During this period, I made audiovisual recordings of weather stations and monitoring systems, of the territory's transformation due to volcanic activity, as well as geothermal phenomena and power plants. An eruption started at the Holuhraun fissure on August 29th. This «quiet» eruption ended February 27th 2015. It was the most important lava emission recorded in Iceland in over two centuries and it released high levels of toxic gases in the air. Since June 2015 the alert level of Bárðarbunga has been set to Uncertainty Phase by the Iceland Civil Protection authorities.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga is made of hundreds of video sequences which are presented according to the evolution of a statistical model that integrates data about the state and activity of the computer that presents them : temperature of components, fan speed and energy consumption. The video database consists of stationary camera shots that last a few seconds each. Most of them can be seamlessly looped and sometimes evoke remote webcams watching isolated areas. The audiovisual sequences are interconnected one to the other inside a rhizomatic structure. They are grouped and linked according to formal, conceptual, location-based and event-based characteristics. Amongst others, they show rivers under surveillance, glaciers breaking into drifting icebergs, foggy landscapes, hissing steam vents, boiling mud and geothermal power plants. The non-linear audiovisual piece evolves based on a probabilistic system influenced by real-time information coming from the computer's sensors. According to the amplitude of their variation and the correlations between the types of data, what the viewer experiences ranges from contemplative spaces where time seems to be suspended to energy-charged audiovisual blasts.

The video is projected with a stereo soundtrack. A monitor located next to the computer displays dynamic graphics of its sensors' data, for each type a different time scale is covered. No information is given about what these graphs represent, therefore leaving their meaning open to the imagination. The work has an unpredictable unfolding and its conclusion may never be given. The system's monitoring influences the course of events it presents, and vice versa.


Software development : Sean Wood and Louis Commère
Assistance : Nancy Lombart and Étienne Baillargeon

Project initiated at SÍM Residency (Reykjavík, Iceland) and completed with Sean Wood and Louis Commère of the Necotis research group during a residency at Sporobole in collaboration with the 3IT and Université de Sherbrooke (Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada).

Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, SODEC, SÍM Residency, Sporobole, Necotis, Perte de Signal and La Chambre Blanche for their involvement and support.


Éléments, solo exhibition at Espace F (Matane, Quebec, Canada), July 10- September 20, 2015.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga at RIDM | Montreal International Documentary Festival, UXdoc space, Norman-McLaren Hall of Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal, Québec, Canada), November 12-22, 2015.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga, Sporobole (Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada). December 10-18, 2015.

En attendant Bárðarbunga at Mois Multi 17. Manif d'art's window (Quebec, QC, Canada). February 3-27, 2016. Curator : Ariane Plante.

Waiting for Bárðarbunga at FIMAV. Centre d’art Jacques-et-Michel-Auger (Victoriaville, QC, Canada). May 16 - June 11, 2016. Curator : Érick D’Orion

Articles and interviews

Waiting for Bárðarbunga – Non-Linear Landscape Cinema - Creative Applications Network
Artist-In-Residence: Volcanic Surveillance Data as a Medium - The Creators Project
Waiting for Bárðarbunga - Prosthetic Knowledge
Waiting for Bárðarbunga - Procedural Generation
Waiting for Bárðarbunga... in Canada - Iceland Monitor
New Landscape Photography
Installing Water in the Art Gallery and the Human Mind - Glacier Hub
Ces lieux que nous avons en partage : Catherine Béchard, Sabin Hudon, François Quévillon, et Patrick Beaulieu au Mois Multi (in French) - Article by Cynthia Fecteau. Artichaut Magazine - Hybrides, May 2016.
François Quévillon, En attendant Bárðarbunga - esse arts+opinions article (in French) - Claire Moeder
Éléments exhibition text (in French) - Nathalie Bachand
Mois Multi 2016: une odyssée sensible (in French) - Josianne Desloges, Le Soleil

Variations for strings and winds

This interactive audiovisual piece transports the user to spaces captured by a camera attached to a kite whose line and wings sounds are amplified. Oriented toward a person that flies it with a limited control, the elements determine the points of view on the scenes as the instability grows during the experience of the piece.

Part of projects initiated at SIM Residency in Iceland in 2014 for which I was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. ARTVstudio's interactive showcase version was developed thanks to an ICI ARTV bursary in digital arts.

Copilot : Nancy Lombart
Software development : Sean Wood

Art-Science Residency

Interdisciplinairy research residency in arts, sciences and technologies.
Collaboration between Sporobole and the 3IT of Université de Sherbrooke.
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.
2014 - 2015.

Collaborative project with Sean Wood and Louis Commère of the Neurocomputational and Intelligent Signal Processing (NECOTIS) research group of Université de Sherbrooke. We developed a granular sampling system that analyses and maps audio features such as the amplitude, balance, pitch, spectrum, frequencies, harmonics and percussiveness of sounds. Using a random walker algorithm, it generates endless compositions based on the relationships between the sound samples transposed in reconfigurable point clouds.

Thanks to Sporobole, NECOTIS, Université de Sherbrooke and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for their support.