Myriam Yates & Frédéric Dutertre


Conference and performance

08.04 — / 2017

5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

April 8 : Conference by the artist at 5 p.m. and audio performance by Frédéric Dutertre at 6 p.m.

You are warmly invited to the conference of artist Myriam Yates in the context of her exhibition of the triptych video La répétition / Rehearsal that will run until April 22.  As well, a real-time audio performance by Frédéric Dutertre, created from the soundtrack of the project, will be presented during the 5 à 7 on April 8.

Myriam describes the exhibition in these words: “The triptych video La répétition / Rehearsal takes us into one of the three studios in the headquarters of the Cirque du Soleil based in Montréal (Québec, Canada). A team of five elite athletes from Eastern Europe (Russia and Ukrainian) are training for a flying act, adapting their skills to eventually perform in the Cirque du Soleil.

As in many of my works, I am interested in what happens behind the scenes. The costumes and spectacular scenic effects are stripped away so we can examine the efforts, work and emotional states of the athletes during their training.

I try to create a dialogue between the architectural structures of the studio and the body performing its precise movements. The video uses closed-ups of beams and ceilings, sometimes turned upside down to evoke the disorientation that the athletes may feel, almost as if they were in a space ship.”

Myriam Yates holds two BFAs and an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been shown at events such as Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival (2013), Kassel Dokfest (Kassel, Germany, 2012), Images Festival (Toronto, 2012), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2007), Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014) and the Regina Festival of Cinematic Arts (2005). It has also been featured in individual and collective exhibitions: Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University (2013), Prefix ICA (Toronto, 2015), a duo show at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (NY, 2012), The Québec Triennale at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011), Optica Centre for Contemporary Art (Montréal, 2009), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montréal, 2003) and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto, 2001). She attended the Banff Centre to participate to the IntraNation thematic residency program. Prizewinner of the Cyberpitch contest (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal 2004), she has also presented at the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute’s Interactive Screen lectures (2005). From 2009 to 2014 she also worked as the artistic director and programming coordinator of Sporobole, a centre for contemporary art in Sherbrooke (Québec). Her work is included in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin law firm and Cirque du Soleil headquarters. In June 2015, she received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in media arts.
In the last fifteen years, Frédéric Duterte has been developing his experimental approach of sound poetry, vocals, drawings, performance, improvisation, sound installations, while integrating electronics in several medias in spaces such as simultaneous connections, illusions, suppressed desires, subtle conditioning, the infinitely large and the infinitely small… His vocal sound research extends the scope beyond the simple narration context, towards noise, minimalist electronics, or poetic experimentations venturing into unknown and abstract territories sometimes close to silence… or chaos. His current research focuses on hybrid sounds rooted in wilderness, pavement and the stench of a certain uncontrolled urban life. He is a member of the Electronic Music Foundation (EMF) in NewYork.