Olivier Girouard goes off the beaten path to find inspiration for his works: a link between two co-occurring ideas; a sound profile undergoing a transformation. He strives to reinvent our relationship with hearing, by working with artists in dance and visual arts. A producer and promoter of audio works, he is the artistic director of Ekumen. He has won several awards, including first prize of the Hugh Le Caine Prize (2008) presented by the SOCAN Foundation, and the JTTP first prize (2009). His works have been presented in North America, South America and Europe.
13 giant wheels 13 different tales, with 24 images each 800 hours of assembly and three months of design work 115 kg of screws (22,000 in all) 20 suppliers throughout Quebec, located in Montreal, Terrebonne, Mirabel, Chicoutimi, Bromont, Plessisville, Saint-Hyacinthe and Laval 15 dedicated volunteers
Place des Festivals
December 8, 2016 to January 29, 2017
Sunday through Wednesday: noon to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday: noon to 11 p.m.
Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix
generique design, Jérôme Roy and Thomas Ouellet Fredericks
Ekumen and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
Jonathan Villeneuve is an artist with DIY sensibilities who creates poetic machines by assembling familiar materials and giving them new functions. His works move, emit light and make sounds, allowing viewers to come to their own conclusions about the device’s imaginary function. He is a graduate of the media and visual arts program at UQAM (2006) and of the MFA/Open Media program at Concordia University (2009). His solo work has been presented regularly in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada. As well as participating in numerous collaborative digital-art projects presented at festivals and events in Europe, in June 2014 he presented his solo work at the International Triennial of New Media Art at the National Museum of China in Beijing. In September 2015, he unveiled a monumental digital public artwork, Le grand bleu du Nord, created for the new multi-purpose arena in Quebec City.