An adaptation of C2 Montreal’s E-Merge exhibition presented all summer at Arsenal
Montreal, June 11, 2015 – From June 19 to September 13, 2015, Arsenal Montreal is presenting an adaptation of E-Merge, an immersive exhibition created by C2 Montreal for their 4th edition last May. Drawing inspiration from themes of light and energy, E-Merge weaves a thread that connects innovative projects by artists and companies from Canada and abroad. E-Merge is an exhibition at the forefront of visual art and advanced technology, which was presented by Hydro-Quebec during the C2 conference. The natural connections that unite art, technology and commerce are integral to the exhibition.
If the Futurist artists working at the beginning of the 20th century incited a passionate craze for the Modern world, then artists today extensively use creative means to produce artwork that links art and technology. With a selection of works both local and international, the artists of E-Merge take a humanist stance on modern technological advancements.
Contemporary art, design, and relational architecture come together using the energetic properties of new technologies to manipulate our vision and play on the viewers’ senses. Each presented individually within an enclosed space, the works incite direct and personal contact with the viewer. Whether kinetic, thermal or temporal, energy activates the E-Merge pieces and gives them a versatility that responds to the contingencies of human existence. The piece by Takeshi Murata for instance simulates hydraulic energy by means of optical illusion, whereas the work Vision by David Spriggs depicts an energetic contradiction found in the tension between implosion and explosion. The interactive quality of the work Body Heat, the collaborative product of Génifère Legrand and Serge Belo, requires the temperature of the human body to create a unique work, adapting to each shift of the viewer’s heated movements.
The exhibition E-Merge invites you to participate in one of its interventions by interacting directly with each artwork and by discovering the finished product as well as the behind-the-scenes of the exhibition production process. In a scenographic gesture, the works are exhibited among innumerable wooden crates used to transport art. Open or closed, they contain hidden gems of international contemporary art that the visitors are invited to discover in a fundamentally different context. Implicitly, these works are in constant dialogue with those of E-Merge thereby instilling a tension between the empty and filled spaces, the container and the content.
The exhibition also includes an artistic adaptation of Nest, an immersive experience created by C:LAB, the Cirque du Soleil Group’s creative projects research lab. An integral part of the experimentation itinerary offered to participants of C2 Montreal this year, the Nest incited participants to reflect on the following question: intuitively, what do we need or what do we lack the most to create an authentic breakthrough? Conceived of by Melissa Thompson and Viviana De Loera (scenography Anne-Séguin Poirier), the Nest is a metaphor for the C:LAB creative process. The concept was simple: two participants were invited to enter the nest, which isolated them from everyone else. They were then required to take part in a mysterious ritual based on intuition, through which they had to make choices and commit to them. The only rule: the two participants had to be complete strangers!
The exhibition launches with a public opening on Thursday June 18 at 6pm.