Exhibition at Arsenal Contemporary Art - Montreal

METAMORPHOSIS 2020 at Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, from October 1 to 31, 2020, is a prelude exhibition to the 5th edition of the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) postponed in 2021.

METAMORPHOSIS 2020 searches for meaningful core patterns by revisiting the triangular relationship - human, nature, technology - to encourage diverse discussions about humanity in an age of uncertainty.

Exhibition co-curated by DooEun Choi, Art Director of Hyundai Motor Company and Alain Thibault, Artistic Director of ELEKTRA

unfold, Ryoichi Kurokawa, 2016, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
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 Inspired by the latest discoveries in the field of astrophysics, this immersive and sensory installation seeks to translate into sounds, images and vibrations, the phenomena surrounding the formation and evolution of stars.  

Social Distancing Portraits, Soul Shift, Space Dreams, Urban Dreams, Nature Dreams (2020) by EXONEMO, Refik AnadolELEKTRA

Social Distancing Portraits by Adad Hannah, Soul Shift by Justine Emard, Space Dreams, Urban Dreams, Nature Dream by Refik Anadol

Soul Shift, Justine Emard, 2018, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
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Soul Shift depicts an interaction between two humanoid robots powered by AI. Alter 1 invents gestures and attempts to engage in interaction with the other robot, Alter 2. Alter 1 appears intrigued by the inertia of its lookalike, approaching it in a movement of recognition and affection. 

Space Dreams, Urban Dreams, Nature Dreams by Refik AnadolELEKTRA

Refik Anadol - Space Dreams - Urban Dreams - Nature Dreams

These 4K videos based on a Style GAN algorithms, respectively use images captured from International Space Stations (ISS), the cities of New York & Berlin, as well as some national parks, Iceland and other natural wonders, to create a dynamic data painting.

Social Distancing Portraits (2019) by Adad HannahELEKTRA

Adad Hannah – Social Distancing Portraits (2020)

A compilation of short, unedited video portraits of people encountered on the street of individuals, families, friends, shopkeepers, students, protestors, healthcare workers. All taken using a long lens from a distance of at least 5 meters during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Playing On My Mind, Lu Yang, 2020, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
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This video is performed in the virtual world by his non-binary digital alter-ego Doku. He shows us how this world is not so different from the planet without time and space of his imagination: a creative place where we can play with our identities and explore ourselves.  

ANTIBODIES (2020) by Daniel IreguiELEKTRA

Daniel Iregui – ANTICORPS / ANTIBODIES (2020)

ANTIBODIES (2020) by Daniel IreguiELEKTRA

Developed into a physical installation, Antibodies was initially created during the pandemic-induced lockdown as an interactive web experience, as all social gatherings were transformed into video-conference calls.

Latent Space Interpolation, Xavier Snelgrove & Mattie Tesfaldet, 2019, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
Latent Space Interpolation, Xavier Snelgrove & Mattie Tesfaldet, 2019, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
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For their scientific article entitled Fourier-CPPNs for Image Synthesis the artists invented a new algorithm to generate images based on recent artificial intelligence techniques. his algorithm moves between its idea of each of the artists' portraits via the uncharted territory in between. Of the infinite ways, the route taken hints at the algorithm's normally invisible internal structures and biases, providing new intuitions on its capacities, and new aesthetic directions to explore. 

Castles Made of Sand (2015) by Michel de BroinELEKTRA

Castles Made of Sand

The installation functions as a production line that casts sand castles, dispatches them along a conveyor belt, and eventually sends them forward to crumble.

The sand is then collected and recycled to create a new castle. It is set to the relative position of the moon influencing the tides. 

Castles Made of Sand (2015) by Michel de BroinELEKTRA

Cloud Face, Shinseungback Kimyonghun, 2015, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
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Commissioned by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. Cloud Face is a collection of cloud images recognized as human faces by a face detection algorithm, a result of machine’s vision error, even if they often look like faces to human eyes too.Yet, we know these are not actual faces, we rather imagine the faces.  

Prosperity II (2020) by Samuel St-AubinELEKTRA

Samuel St-Aubin – Prosperity II (2020)

A stand-alone device that manages grains of rice. A tweezer moves them from one surface to the other, and then deposits them in an orderly manner on another surface. The grain of rice, symbol of fertility and prosperity, is carefully digitized and memorized to be moved. 

LifeFORM, Herman Kolgen, 2020, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
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Commissioned by Paradise City. Human beings, caught between the infinitely large and the infinitely small, remain connected to everything. The pandemic forces the human society to evoke this ignored axiom, the inspirational igniter of this work. It explores the “humble position" and our need to metamorphose and innovate. 

LIMINAL, LOUIS-PHILIPPE RONDEAU, 2018, From the collection of: ELEKTRA
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LIMINAL is an interactive installation that embodies the inexorable passage of time, seeking to reify the limit between present and past. When we cross the arch our reflection projected on the adjacent wall seems deployed in time thanks to the slit-scan technique.  

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Photos: Christian Pomerleau GRIDSPACE
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Ministère de la culture et des communications du Québec
Ministère des relations internationales et de la francophonie du Québec
Canada Council for the Arts
Canadian Heritage
Conseil des arts de Montréal
Ville de Montréal
Filaction - Fonds de développement
Arsenal Contemporary Art 
Consulat de France à Montréal
Korea Foundation
Paradise City - Incheon - South Korea
Studio Baillat

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