Facing the Sky curated by Louise DéryElectrosmog Toronto, 2016
Equipped with multiple radios, antennas and network computers, Jean-Pierre Aubé and his team of performers scan the sky. They will collect, document and record radiofrequencies, revealing thousands of emissions from personal communications systems, security, commercial beacons and satellites. Their interventions will provide the audience with means of grasping the electronic smog that envelops the city, making it perceptible by using the sounds and images generated by the spectrum.
The set-up, which will include projectors, lasers, computers, antennas and receivers installed on-site give the impression of technological tinkering. It demystifies the sophisticated nature of electronic communications presented by large companies and the risks of piracy that are implied. His project revolves around a double observation that although wireless communication tools are lightweight, thin and easy to use, they require an enormous infrastructure. Despite the supposed complexity of a technological world in perpetual progress, an artist, with his little team in the field, like ham radio operators, can venture into the smog of the city to capture a reality that is invisible, but nonetheless present and consequential in everyone's lives.
Jean‑Pierre Aubé (1969, Kapuskasing, Ontario) lives and works in Montréal. He is a graduate of the École des arts visuels de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. His work has been exhibited at the Galerie de l’UQAM (Montréal), the Musée national des beaux‑arts du Québec (Québec City), the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and RAM radioartemobile (Rome), as well as in Paris, Rheims, Zagreb, Budapest and Riga (Latvia). He has performed at such festivals as Elektra, MUTEK and the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).
Video projection and Performance
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The Brigantine Room
235 Queens Quay West (Accessed via main entrance to Harbourfront Centre's Main Building.)
Suitable for all ages
In association with Harbourfront Centre
The project will feature a special performance every 20 minutes throughout the night.
This project is indoors.