INSCAPE: NEW HOMEOSTASIS
This summer, MUTEK is partnering for the first time with the international media art platform INSCAPE and Usine C to present two unique evenings that celebrate the creative relationship between Canada and the Republic of Korea entitled: <INSCAPE: NEW HOMEOSTASIS>
Taking place the weekend before the 24th edition of the MUTEK festival, the event showcases eight new performances specially commissioned for the occasion. Exploring the concept of homeostasis—the process by which a living system maintains stability despite external disturbances—these works highlight the imbalance between our material civilization and humanity's spiritual capacity to make sense of it in the new technological and post-pandemic landscape.
INSCAPE NIGHT 1
Friday, August 18th, 8 pm
Olivia Lathuilliere CA/QC – Déliquescence Cosmique | Sahar Homami IR/DE – New Homeostasis | GRAYCODE, jiiiiin KR – orbital formality | Martin Messier CA/QC – 1 DROP 1000 Years
INSCAPE NIGHT 2
Saturday, August 19th, 8 pm
Kohui KR – Perceive | Ida Toninato & Pierre-Luc Lecours CA/QC – Homeostasis | SUSY.TECHNOLOGY CA/QC – ASTATIC | YEONO KR – Real vs UnReal
Olivia-Faye Lathuillière CA/QC
Olivia-Faye Lathuillière centers her approach on the body and its intimate relationship with the environment. She created installations and sound sculptures, then progressively moved to performing arts. Bodies, objects in motion and the ephemeral are among the concepts that systematically emerge from her work, whether material or scenic. Constantly shifting from installations to performances, video and photography, her art has been showcased internationally at a number of festivals and galleries. In 2016, she founded EQUIVOC, a company creating contemporary art, sound installations and immersive choreographic explorations.The artist also produces and directs music videos for Montréal’s independent music scene, most notably for Chevalier Avant Garde, Hélène Barbier, ItchySelf and YlangYlang.
Credit : Frédérique Ménard-Aubin
Sahar Homami IR/DE
Sahar Homami is an audiovisual artist/programmer, calligrapher and researcher from Tehran, based in Berlin and Montréal. Their background and approach is multidisciplinary and experimental, driven by combining art, technology, philosophy, and mysticism. Their artistic practice assumes different formats while maintaining a strong anchor on storytelling and real-time generative art, calling it live poetic cinema. Homami’s artistic interest is motivated by great emphasis on concept and content, which goes under critical research. They strive to push the boundaries of perception and consciousness, to expand our art of seeing. To Homami, seeing spans knowledge, art, ethos and politics. The art of seeing is the art of being human.
Credit : Cédric Lecat
GRAYCODE, jiiiiin KR
GRAYCODE, jiiiiiin is a duo artist who constructs time with music and sound, based in Seoul, Korea. Graycode, jiiiiiin work as an electronic music composer, sound installation, and audiovisual artist. They present the language of the artwork to make the reality clearer in the invisible phenomenon of sound through using air vibration, sound pressure, musical tension, and relaxation. They lead the audience with sociology and physical topics these days such as AI, data, energy, and the universe.
GRAYCODE, jiiiiiin presented a solo exhibition at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in 2021, and the publication was selected as the "Most Beautiful Book in Korea" hosted by the Korea Publishing Culture Association. They also exhibited and performed at the Paik Nam-Jun Art Center in 2022 and the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin in 2019 and won the Giga-Hertz Award hosted by Germany's ZKM | Hertz-Lab (Art and Media Technology Center) and SWR (South-West German Broadcasting Station) in 2018. They have been collaborating with various fields including brands Gentle Monster, Moncler and Tamburins.
Martin Messier CA/QC
Martin Messier has been creating works merging sounds, objects and images for over fifteen years. His performances and installations, with clear choreographic undertones, place the body at the forefront of the experience. Having studied composition at Université de Montréal, he shifts toward an experimental sound practice that integrates image and video, and quickly starts developing performative audiovisual devices featuring everyday objects and the sound potential of materials. Messier produced several collaborative projects over the years, namely alongside Nicolas Bernier, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Anne Thériault, Jacques Poulin-Denis and Yro (Élie Blanchard). Presented in over 50 countries, his work has been widely praised and received several awards. A member of Perte de signal, a self-managed artistic hub located in Montréal’s Mile End, he also founded 14 lieux in 2010, a sound production company geared at the performing arts, where he acts as general and artistic director.
KOHUI’s work imagines new perspectives through the merging of sight and sound, striving for the interplay of sensory experience through various approaches in virtual environments. His work is focused on the generation of landscapes in algorithmic processes inspired by natural phenomena while also considering the relationship between sound and people, society, and nature.
His new work Perceive, INSCAPE Edition, presents two sequences that show both points of view on how humans see nature and how society or the system sees the human. His work delivers the rich silence given by the poetic aesthetics of the oriental and the beauty of space. KOHUI is the current page of Korean media art that reads the technology and society and co-creates with people in various genres.
Ida Toninato & Pierre-Luc Lecours CA/QC
Having earned her doctorate at Université de Montréal, saxophonist and composer Ida Toninato continues to hone her artistic practice through a combination of experimental and acoustic explorations, the use of resonating spaces and the creation of hybrid soundscapes. Having released two solo albums (one of which was composed entirely in a gigantic water tank) as well as a JUNO and Opus-nominated collaborative album with violist Jennifer Thiessen, she also collaborated in such diverse fields as cinema, ambiant and contemporary music. Toninato’s research into sound vibrations earned her residencies in Brazil and Europe, and her performances have been received all over the world.
Holder of a bachelor’s degree in digital music and a master’s in composition from Université de Montréal, composer and multidisciplinary artist Pierre-Luc Lecours conveys his art across multiple mediums and aesthetics. Taking cues from heterogeneous sources, from contemporary acoustic music to experimental electronica, his pieces shatter modern musical conventions and explore new forms of audiovisual expression. Lecours’ work has been presented and praised at numerous events, both local and international.
Credit : Frédérique Ménard-Aubin
SUSY.TECHNOLOGY operates as a collective of artists based in Montréal (Tio'tia:ke). Founded in 2015, it includes Milo Reinhardt (/||\||\), Teo Zamudio, Cat Lamoureux (Valeda) and Xavier Arocha (Witnessing). As solo artists and as a collective, their creative endeavours take on many forms, spanning the converging spheres of music, digital art, performance, immersive sound, video and installation.
SUSY.TECHNOLOGY has been invited to develop audio-visual and installation works for many local and international institutions such as MUTEK, the Society for Arts and Technology, Red Bull Music Academy, Forms Festival, and Sight + Sound festival. As a collective, they travelled to France in 2019 to complete a residency at Château Éphémère where they developed an immersive VR installation and in 2020 members of SUSY.TECHNOLOGY collaborated on a commission for the International Symposium for Electronic Arts.
YEONO, based in Seoul, has participated in many festivals and events as an audiovisual artist, sound designer, and filmmaker. He started a professional music career as a jazz musician since 1996. But he plays and produces with variety type of music from Commercial to avant-garde music in the studio or on the stage.
His work, which captures relative and absolute new humanity, has a process like sketches of the visuals of the soul. Through Real vs. Unreal INSCAPE Edition, his real-time interactive performance, he raises awareness about the new environment of the human-AI relationship to the viewers by sharing his perspective on the co-creation of art with artificial intelligence.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.