CAROLINE GAGNÉ – Autofading_Se disparaître




13.11 — 28.11 / 2020

Vernissage –

Production residency in virtual reality

BetaLab1120 – Autofading_Se disparaître

Caroline Gagné’s artistic practice is based on a sensitivity to the places she explores. With a critical approach, she examines our relationship to what surrounds us. For her residency project, she proposes the creation of an evolving situation that calls for an attitude of observation and attention, a willingness to listen. To do this, she intends to invite the visitor to disturb an ecosystem in equilibrium, which here takes the form of an interactive work created from virtual reality technologies and 3D sound spatialization. Thus, by putting forward the opposition between real and virtual presence, Gagné hopes to poetically problematize the presence of human beings in their environment, considering the irreversible impacts that we know today to this presence.

“What struck me when I experimented with virtual reality was the impression that the body becomes an empty space: it exists and sees around it what it is proposed to see, but remains erased. This made me aware of an important and recurrent aspect of my work, an angle that I had never explicitly examined before, that of the presence that is nevertheless intrinsic to the use of interactivity and sound in my installations. ” – Caroline Gagné


The artist thanks the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its financial support.




Living in Quebec City and Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Caroline Gagné graduated from Laval University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (1998) and an interdisciplinary Master of Arts (2012). She has participated in the National Biennial of Contemporary Sculpture in Trois-Rivières, the Temps d’images festival (Montreal), the Saint-Jean-Port-Joli Sculpture Biennial, the Manif d’art biennial and the Mois Multi (Quebec City). Her works have also been exhibited at Occurrence (Montreal), Stewart Hall Art Gallery (Montreal), Sporobole (Sherbrooke), VU (Quebec City) and Action Art Actuel (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu). In 2011, her work CARGO earned her a Quebec City Award of Excellence in Arts and Culture.