Manon Labrecque: créer à bras-le-corps

Screening and discussion

On November 29, 2018 at 7 pm


Limited seats! Spectators will be let in on a first come first served basis.

As part of the dv_vd screenings, a fruitful collaboration between Vidéographe and Dazibao.

My creative work is rooted in the body, in the attention given to physical sensations and in movement. I am interested in the body’s interior and exterior spaces… in physical and psychological relationships… in the embodiment of the poetic. I develop strategies to gain access to human vulnerability and strength, to delve into the interior of the being… in its depths and also its voids.

Notions of duality, of the double, of life and of death… also of ‘corporisation’ and dematerialization, gravitation and levitation… of processes of transformation are recurrent elements in my artistic practice.

I became acquainted with video in 1992… But given that I have a rather curious and inquisitive nature, over the years I have also created links with other artistic disciplines. Now, I have the pleasure of presenting to you a program bringing together for the first time works made between 2005 and 2018… Showing (among other manifestations) actions from the entirety of my practice and my artistic sensibility.

There will be bodies that fall and that levitate… bodies that appear and then disappear… silent bodies and louder bodies… bodies that contemplate and those that search… but all images and sounds created ‘à bras-le-corps’!

I thank the teams at Vidéographe and Dazibao for this invitation!
— Manon Labrecque

Program ― 60 min.

se faire tout un scénario (2011) ― 2 min. 21 sec.

“the splendours of reality and variations on the same theme.”

carnet de voyages (2005) ― 25 min. 29 sec.

“some experiments to tame the gravitational force (and other gravities)… and the desire to escape it.”

contagion (2008) ― 1 min. 12 sec.

“an attempt at echokinesis… to create a physically contagious but inoffensive moment…just a few seconds of involuntary instinctive empathy.”

Actions [9]*** (2005), video made in collaboration with Martin Tétreault ― 9 min. 16 sec.

“physical and sound games with a turntable… games always played with two and without ever touching!”

entrevue [avec une célébrité] (version 1, 2009 / version 2, 2018) ― 5 min. 1 sec.

“a philosophical and existential interview with a celebrity that I admire.”

double (2011) ― 6 min. 45 sec.

“chasms and reflections… the depths of the image of the self… in itself.”

selfie (2015) ― 3 min. 30 sec.

“overcome the fear of losing the image of the self…”

ceux qui [se] cherchent (2018) ― 6 min. 27 sec.

Jane Goodall: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help shall all be saved.”

15 secondes et 23 cadres (2018) ― 15 sec. 23 frames

“an activist-and-diehard protest”

Manon Labrecque

I have degrees in contemporary dance and visual arts. Since 1991, I have made videos [single-channel and installation], performances, drawings, photographs, kinetic and sound installations. manonlabrecque.com

Martin Tétreault

Montréal-based DJ, improviser, sound designer and artist, Martin Tétreault creates sound performances with turntables he has made or adapted himself. He has participated in numerous sound and media arts festivals and events in Quebec and abroad. He has been involved in numerous music, dance, poetry, installation and performance projects and has made more than 50 discs with artists from Quebec and beyond. In 2004, at the request of choreographer Lynda Gaudreau, he developed a musical notation system and surfaces to play, which led him to establish and perform with the turntable quartet Quatuor de tourne-disques, and with whom he released Points, lignes avec haut-parleurs on the Oral label. This affinity for dance continues with recent creations for Le chant des sirènes, by Sylvain Émard Danse, and 9, by Hélène Blackburn for Cas public. In 2015, curator Nicole Gingras published Des disques et un couteau, a monograph documenting Tétreault’s artistic work. SMQC/MartinTétreault

Dazibao thanks the artist and Vidéographe for their generous collaboration and its Board of Directors for their support.

Dazibao receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal.