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Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR
Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR
Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR
Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR

Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR
Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR
Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR
Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR

Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMACA/QC+AR

Fueled by D.I.Y. culture, self-taught Stephanie Castonguay has become a master of her craft by fine tuning her instruments, inviting us into her audiovisual universe. Her approach to sound and electronics is playful and organic: she disassembles and repurposes small, obsolete, barely audible machines to reveal the resonance, glitches and random sounds unexpectedly hidden within. An experimentalist at heart, Castonguay has conducted many performances in which she tested the different sonic outputs of her creations. She applies reactive systems that cause chemical reactions on her circuit boards, disrupting and shifting the sounds to new dimensions. She has performed in various festivals such as Sight & Sound, Ibrida Pluri, Instruments Make Play, STEIM, Tsonami Sound Art festival, MUTEK and beyond.

Light is at the core of PRIFMA’s practice, captured as the main subject in their world-building performances. Artists Mercedes Invernizzi and Laura Fuchs create a dialogue between analog and digital art: as light passes through translucent sculptures, it is displaced and set in motion, glitching and stretching across the projections. PRIFMA have presented their installations and visual performances at Fire House Session, Berlin art festival 48 hours Neukölln, London's Somerset House Studios, FAUNA (Festival Artístico de la Universidad de las Artes), The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale, La Noche de los Museos and many other events.

Stephanie Castonguay & PRIFMA CA/QC+ARSolar Bodies

Solar Bodies
is an audiovisual exploration of immanence through landscapes of textured light. PRIFMA’s visuals paint evolving landscapes combined with Stephanie Castonguay’s experimental sound design. Distant drones and fragmented glitches contrast with the colourful, crystallized visuals. The experience is an abstraction of light as a sentient being. A strobe-like effect persists throughout the video. Castonguay's self-made instruments are designed to probe the electrical materiality, causing organic soundscapes to emerge.

Appears as part of AMPLIFY D.A.I, an initiative of the British Council in partnership with MUTEK Montréal, MUTEK Buenos Aires, Artlab in Argentina, Oi Futuro in Brazil and Somerset House Studios in the UK. The programme is supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Instituto Nacional de la Música and Fundación Williams.

Who

Montréal-based electronics artist Stephanie Castonguay in collaboration with Buenos Aires artists Mercedes Invernizzi and Laura Fuchs.

Latest

The artists are collaborating on a project called Becoming Immanence, funded by the Amplify Digital Arts Initiative program.

More

Stephanie Castonguay and PRIFMA have participated at MUTEK Montréal in 2019 as part of the Amplify D.A.I Program.

MUTEKs

Montréal: 2019, 2021