MONTRÉAL, le 20 mars 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Musée d'art contemporain de
Montréal (MAC) is proud to partner with the 1st edition of Printemps numérique, an initiative of the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) of Montréal
intended to spotlight the city's digital creativity as well as the
interconnections between science, industry and art. In its role as a
host for this major digital event of spring 2014, the MAC will present
installations, performances, a symposium and a digital Nocturne, among
other activities. It will also be the home of the EM15 event.
A DIVERSE, WIDE-RANGING PROGRAM AT THE MAC
The Musée d'art contemporain is joining the celebrations for the 15th
anniversary of the Elektra and MUTEK festivals. From May 24 to June 1, for the very first time, these two major events will be held
simultaneously at the MAC itself. Over the years, the museum has worked
with both these key players on the digital scene. For this first joint
venture, it is turning into one vast platform for showcasing works and
performances by leading figures on the digital scene here in Montréal,
across North America and around the world.
After presenting Carsten Nicolai's unidisplay in 2012, during the 1st edition of the International Digital Arts
Biennial (BIAN), the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is giving the
digital arts and the event an even more prominent place this spring. From May 23 to June 1, the MAC will be the venue for BIAN's "installations" section and will
welcome some fifteen works by Québec, Canadian and international
artists, five of them from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. All these
artists illustrate the growing importance of design, games, robotics,
science and digital art in current culture.
MAC PROJECTIONS SERIES: C4i, A WORK BY RYOJI IKEDA
As part of the 2nd edition of BIAN, the Musée d'art contemporain is
pleased to present C4i, a work by Ryoji Ikeda, one of the foremost names in minimalist
electronic music. This remarkable work, being shown in its film version
for the first time in Montréal, will be screened at the MAC this coming
May 6 to June 15.
MAX AND IRIS STERN INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM 8:
REMONTAGE/REMIXING/SHARING: TECHNOLOGIES, AESTHETICS, POLICIES
Organized by the MAC in connection with The Clock, this symposium will examine the practices of remontage and remixing as
manifested in various fields-visual arts, film, sound art, video
games-in the studio or live, in institutional settings, on the Web or
in urban space, in professional circles and in amateur networks. It
will also look at the expansion and gradual democratization of digital
technologies (with their extraordinary capture, storage and
dissemination capabilities), which have meant a blurring of boundaries
between producers and consumers. The Max and Iris Stern International
Symposium will be held on Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5. For information or reservations, call: 514 847-6233.
PULSE ROOM (2006)
From June 18 to September 7, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal will mark its 50th
anniversary in a very special and unique way by presenting a work
acquired by the museum in 2013: the interactive installation Pulse Room, 2006, by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. This spectacular piece, which
was shown in 2007 at the Venice Biennale, features 300 suspended
incandescent light bulbs controlled by a computer interface that
detects visitors' heart rate and converts it into flashes of light.
John Zeppetelli, Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d'art
contemporain, noted, in describing this spring's inaugural joint
undertaking: "The MAC is honoured to play an important part in Printemps numérique, both in terms of content and through the collaborative relationships
the museum has established with top-calibre cultural organizations. We
salute Montréal's exceptionally vibrant digital scene and wish Printemps numérique a long and successful life."
About Printemps numérique
Printemps numérique is the product of a partnership initiated by the Conférence régionale
des élus (CRÉ) of Montréal with sixty or so organizations active in the
creative community or involved in digital arts. The 1st edition will
take place from mid-March to mid-June 2014. By connecting science,
industry and art, the event will highlight the vitality and reach of
digital creativity in Montréal.
The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal is a provincially owned
corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications
du Québec. It receives additional funding from the Department of
Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The museum
gratefully acknowledges their support and that of Collection
Loto-Québec, the MAC's principal partner. The MAC also thanks its media
partner, La Presse +.
SOURCE: Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
For further information:
Head of Public Relations
514 847 6232