December 2 2021 /...
2 décembre 2021 / Québec
For the first public event of Plein Jeu, Avatar organized an evening of sound works made for MIDI-controlled pipe organ.
Here you will find the tracks of Interstices ductiles, composed by Simon Elmaleh, Jocelyn Robert, and Vincent Thériault, as well as of Vicomte de rien, composed by Jocelyn Robert.
Getting Plein Jeu...
When a friend proposes a crazy project with their eyes all lit up, and you’re hooked from your first conversation, it’s hard to resist. Especially if this utopian idea is contiguous with the artistic aims of the art centre for which you work. This is exactly what happened with Plein Jeu, a madness that became a dream and then a reality.
The pipe organ is an ancient invention. Its creation is attributed to Ctesibius, a Greek engineer of 3rd century BCE.
Plein Jeu, the...
In this context, the project Plein Jeu, which highlights one of the most emblematic instruments of Québec’s musical and architectural heritage, the pipe organ, stands out from other recent initiatives for its objectives and originality.
To enrich the exchanges and diversify the creative methodologies and processes, we chose artists who work in a variety of mediums and created ad hoc collectives. In the long term, we hope that the research and works that have come out of this project will influence some of the concepts, methods, and practices related to the instrument and thus contribute to discipline hybridity.
The Organ Body
Pascale LeBlanc Lavigne
If we were to think of the organ’s various tones as its voice and the pipes blowing the air out as its throat and lips, then the organ’s console—the place where the organist sits—would be its brain: the control centre.
Spelunking in the...
Months later, remembering the orderly listening of Vicomte de rien and the aleatory one of Interstices ductiles brings back the sense of being in a suspended place. Various degrees and intensities are propelled into a sublime world, floating on an air layer before settling in a solemn moment.
During this process, each member of the trio took on a role that came naturally to them, according to their individual strengths: with a background in performance and experience in collaboration, Bruno brought everyone together; using his programming skills, Benoît enabled the performers to play the organ in new ways; given his art practice in the public space, Philip became interested in playing in and with the space.
A tool with a rotary head. A tool with exchangeable heads. Equally capable of fixing in place or freeing up possibilities. A tool capable of drilling holes into something smooth and impermeable. A tool capable of separating or forcing communication between certain materials inclined to play along. The object I call a drill is a versatile tool that can change form and perform many tasks. Some are more conventional. Others less so.
When “I” and...
Borrowing from the process of improvisation, the work exists in the experience of its presence and can never be repeated. It doesn’t just take shape in an artist’s mind and is subsequently externalized. It takes shape in the collective creative process by dividing the senses.