SOUND IMAGES - Thematic Exhibition of Works from the Collection at the Musée d'art contemporain from November 3, 2007 to April 13, 2008



    MONTREAL, Nov. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - In the movies or video, in sculpture or
multimedia assemblage, the role played by the sound track, whether musical or
not, is part of some of the most powerful artistic projects on the current art
scene. The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal presents the exhibition Sound
Images from November 3, 2007 to April 13, 2008.
    The ten or so works brought together in this thematic exhibition of works
from the Musée Collection incorporate sound, the idea of sound or
occasionally, and more dramatically, the absence of sound, in the very nature
and form of the work. Variations on the theme of musical performance can be
found in Michael Snow's silkscreen images illustrating a keyboard being played
in Untitled (from the album "The Artist's Jazz Band", 1973-74); Jean-Pierre
Gauthier's piano playing triggered by the viewer in Battements et Papillons,
2006; Yannick Pouliot's Baroque music room. Finally, in L'OEil acoustique,
1997, Raymond Gervais proposes poetic exchanges between the field of visual
arts and that of music and its history.
    Sylvain Bouthillette focuses on the ambiguous connections with the
physical, narrative and sonic space in Dharma, Tram, Stop, 1997, whereas Linda
Covit formalizes the paradox of a "voiceless bell" in Cloche aphone. Jean-Luc
Vilmouth puts together a hilarious sound system in Stereo Morning that proves
to be a reflection on the relationship between nature and culture.
    Almost inaudible, Ann Hamilton's curtains in (bearings) spin like
whirling dervishes. In an atmosphere as contemplative and hypnotic, Darren
Almond's In the Between, 2006, projects the chanting of Tibetan monks, while
Michèle Waquant's Les Bruits blancs, 1990, proposes a persistent, repetitive
"white noise."
    Finally, Christian Marclay's video Telephones, 1995, offers a highly
abridged exposé of film scenes involving telephone calls.
    An exhibition full of poetry and humour by Josée Bélisle, curator of the
Musée Collection, for both the eyes and the ears.

    A Nocturnal Overture

    Participants in November's Nocturne will be able to catch a preview of
the exhibition on Friday night, November 2nd. On the program: speed tour, live
music with the National Parcs and bar service from 6 to 9, for an evening
connected with... sound.

    The Musée d'art contemporain is a provincially owned corporation funded
by the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine
du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of Canadian
Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as from Lichen
Communications.
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For further information:

For further information: Danielle Legentil, Public Relations
Coordinator, (514) 847-6232, danielle.legentil@macm.org; Visual material
available:  www.macm.org, Newsroom, Link: Visual material, User name: press,
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