Algorithmic Drive

05.11 — 24.11 / 2018

Vernissage 16 November 2018 – Please note that dates are subject to change

François Quévillon was the first artist in residence at Sporobole as part of its research-creation residency program combining arts, pure sciences, human sciences and technologies. His residency took place in two stages in 2014 and 2015. First, he met with research groups from the Université de Sherbrooke and 3IT (Institut interdisciplinaire d’innovation technologique) to inform them of the program and evaluate possible collaborations. Following this period, he worked with Sean Wood and Louis Commère of the Computational Neurosciences and Intelligent Signal Processing (NECOTIS) research group.

Their collaboration was at the intersection of their individual research while being out of step with their usual working methods. They were mainly interested in machine learning and sound mapping. They developed a prototype granular sampling system that analyzed sound characteristics and visualized them in a multi-dimensional space. Using a stochastic process, the system then generated infinite pieces according to the relationships between the sound samples transposed into a point cloud whose structure was reconfigurable. Although their research did not lead to a concrete work, it fed François Quévillon’s artistic practice.

This BetaLab will connect François Quévillon’s residential experience with some of his recent works inspired by technologies used by autonomous vehicles and compilations of driving recordings. This corpus explores the tension caused by the relationship between systems used in mobile robotics and the unpredictable nature of the world. He also collaborated with Étienne Richan, a member of the NECOTIS group, in the development of Algorithmic Drive.

François Quévillon would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Sporobole, Étienne Richan, Sean Wood, Louis Commère, Jean Rouat and the NECOTIS group, as well as Artificiel (Alexandre Burton and Samuel St-Aubin), La Chambre Blanche, Eric Mattson and Nancy Lombart.


François Quévillon’s interdisciplinary practice develops through installation, video, photography, sound and various digital technologies. His devices explore the phenomena of the world and perception through the implementation of processes sensitive to their variations and to the interference of contextual elements. It probes the operational dimension of images, sounds and other data by developing systems with unstable parameters, compressed space-time structures or infinite deployment. By inducing both the dynamics of scientific observation and a contemplative state of mind, his works propose ambiguous experiences during which the elusive manifests itself. His work focuses on the interactions of environmental, sociocultural and technological issues; the ways in which technologies affect or redefine our cognitive processes, our environment, our relationships to space, time and others.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator



Logo UdeS Couleur   CCFA_CMYK_black_e   calq_riap_web   logo-necotis-final-vert logo_final-copie-300x59


He holds a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM and was involved with several artist-run centres and research groups. Frequently developed during artist residencies, François Quévillon’s work has been presented at exhibitions and events dedicated to contemporary art, cinema and digital creation. Among them : Sundance’s New Frontier exhibition (Park City), Sous Observation / Spaces Under Scrutiny (New York), International Symposium on Electronic Art (Dubaï and Albuquerque), Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica (São Paulo), IndieBo (Bogotá), LOOP Barcelona, Plug-In at Contemporary Istanbul, Show Off Paris, Festival de la Imagen (Manizales), Mois Multi (Québec), Espace [IM] Média (Sherbrooke), FIMAV (Victoriaville), RIDM, Elektra and International Digital Art Biennal (Montréal).