Montréal, Tuesday, April 12, 2005 – For its 6th edition, Elektra is still set on introducing works and artists that crossbreed leading electronic music and visual art. Again this year, Elektra creates links between creative media rooted in audio, video, film, design and interactive installations, in conjunction with the latest digital technologies. To breathe new life into the term audio-visual (A/V) – now obsolete in our multimedia era – Elektra selected outstanding works that demonstrate in many forms the increasingly indissociable relationship between sound and image. From May 10 to 15, hook up your senses to the digital!

Elektra and Groupe Spectacles Gillett join forces

For this 6th edition, Elektra is proud to collaborate with Groupe Spectacles Gillett in the presentation of two special events. First, Autechre will kick off Elektra on opening night May 10 – as part of the famous duo’s North American tour to promote their latest album. They will showcase their agility in wielding abstract, disjointed and sensuous beats live to the Montreal audience gathered at Usine C. They will be preceded by sets by snd and Rob Hall. Belgian group Front 242 will also take part in the event on the occasion of an exclusive performance in North American at Club Métropolis on May 14, as part of a benefit in aid of Elektra. These pioneers of EBM (electronic body music) promise to make quite an impact on the Montreal public with their new performance made of of shattering beats and singular, never-before-seen visuals.

Installations at Elektra

Over the entire course of the event, a number of audio and interactive installations will be presented across the city. Usine C will host Cantique no. 3 by Marie Chouinard and Louis Dufort, an interactive sequel to Cantique no. 2, which was warmly received last year by the Elektra audience. The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will exhibit Frequency and Volume by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer who somewhat transforms the spectator in a radio antenna. At the Usine C studio, Julie Andreyev and Jordan Benwick will present an experimental DJ/VJ platform set…in a car. As well, rising collective Les Platinistes numériques in collaboration with Jason Arsenault and Dominic Gagnon will propose an interactive installation composed of old TV sets at Pas perdus, the main hall of Place des Arts. Finally, Elektra partners with Chants Libres and creators Louis Dufort, Alain Pelletier, Alexis Nouss and Pauline Vaillancourt to present three evenings of l’Archange, an opera that unfolds inside a permanent video installation.

Performances

Many of the works presented during this 6th edition focus on the current place and role of media. More specifically the RedSniper – S338 project (May 11, Usine C), by the duo made up of visual artist Kendell Geers and musician Patrick Codenys (Front 242), and the video work of Istvan Kantor which will be presented at Usine C May 12, during a night dedicated to projects combining video and music, and including the works of Jean Piché, Khrystell Burlin, Zack Settel, Delphine Measroch and Nicolas Bernier. Still on the same night, a performance by Ryoji Ikeda focusing this time on the manner in which computer data construct our perception of the world will surely not fail to hypnotize the audience. Another night of performance and videomusic works will take place at Usine C on May 13, with performances by UVA, to which we owe the visuals of the Massive Attack and U2 shows, d-Fuse and Scanner, and finally the French duo Servovalve. The presentation of the Plastikman video trilogy directed by Ali M. Demirel will drive this night which will end festively with the launch of Epsilonlab’s recent DVD. After fulfilling its audience’s thirst for audio-visual works all week, Elektra will conclude its series of shows with a multichannel electroacoustic music concert featuring pieces by composers Nicolas Bernier, Ambrose Field, Ned Bouhalassa, Louis Dufort and Robert Normandeau.

Elektra and Epoxy present 1024: Design in Motion

In collaboration with Epoxy, Elektra includes a new design tier in its program this year – 1024: Design in Motion. May 14 at Place des Arts’ 5e salle, internationally recognized artists, among others special effects experts Richard “Dr.” Baily (Solaris, The Cell) and Kevin Tod Haug (Seven, Panic Room, Fight Club) and design artists UVA (Massive Attack), d-Fuse (Beck), Étienne Auger (Incandescence) Frédéric Bourque (Ambidextre), Georges Fok (Époxy) and MK12 will present previously unpublished works further to taking part in a panel. Daniel Fortin, creative director, and Jean-Christophe Yacono, creative director – new media at Epoxy, are invited as commissioners for this occasion. www.elektra1024.ca

Audio-visual told

May 12 and 13, Elektra will present to a broad and diversified audience the opportunity to learn more about and better grasp the concerns of digital artists and workers: – Free of charge at café de l’Usine C, as of 5pm, the public will be given the chance to meet Andreas Broeckmann from Transmediale (the most important digital art and creation festival in Germany), on Thursday, May 12. On May 13, it will be Chris Salter’s turn. He will discuss audiovisual spaces. – Elektra will renew its student activity, Alpha_Elektra. Free for secondary school students, this experience promises to initiate them to the digital arts culturally and technologically. Reputed Canadian artists, namely Jean Piché, Marie Chouinard, Louis Dufort, Lynn Hugues and Simon Laroche, will demonstrate various innovative ways of using new technologies at Place des Arts’ 5e salle.

Elektra in Quebec City

Elektra will host an exclusive evening in Quebec City as part of Manif d’Art, on Saturday, May 21, at Caserne Dalhousie. On that night, a videomusic for three screens signed Jean Piché will be presented. Then, Purform (Alain Thibault and Yan Breuleux) will present black_box, a quadraphonic performance for four screens. The night will end on a festive note with the launch of Epsilonlab’s DVD, Silence is Presence, with DJ Eloi Brunelle and VJs Les Passagers, among others.

Elektra thanks all of its partners

Elektra, presented by ACREQ in partnership with Epoxy and Usine C, wishes to acknowledge the support of the public sector: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Ministère des Affaires municipales et des Régions, Canadian Heritage, the City of Montreal, the Ville-Marie Borough, the French Consulate General and the British Council. Special thanks also to our private partners: Gillett Entertainment Group, Produkt, Explornet, Christie, Fondation Daniel Langlois, Pioneer, Zoom Média, Boréale, Musique Plus, Musimax, Mirror, ICI, Exclaim, Urbania, CG Channel, Convergence, Klublife, Urb, CISM, CKUT, Moog Audio and Misto.