“The body in the migration/digitization, a View of the sea” at the Gallery of visual arts
November 10, 2019-4: 00 am
Martin Beauregard: the flow of migrants into two time
A boat half-submerged, the movement of the waves, gray lets us see objects that are scattered. They are connected to each other to speak out about strange antennas, lightning rods, while a voice gives the stock quotes.
Using numerical simulation, Martin Beauregard has created two films about migrants to be seen at the Gallery of visual arts. The first, presented until 17 November, takes place at sea and is thrown in a room full of inflatable canoes bright orange, which lay like pillows waiting for potential spectators. The second film, which will be presented from 21 November to 15 December, will bring us back on firm ground, in a room full of makeshift shelters of sheets of sheet metal and wood.
The professor in the creation and new media at the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue region worked with a team to create this moving world without humans, where the objects of first necessity, of building materials and domestic articles transported at the drift. Using a software that allows you to create scenes from video games, it mixes programming and aesthetics, financial data and migration movements.
“I was interested in the way in which it mediates the phenomenon of migration through the processing of data and digital technology. The reproduction of statistics, border control and the use of the monitoring will influence political and economic decisions. It is very far from the stories and lived experience of migration,” he explains.
Of the body in migration/digitization, a View of the sea and the Gallery of visual arts
The particular vocabulary, disembodied, which includes words like “migration” and “mass”, has inspired. “One has the impression that the people, as in a zombie film, climb on the fences at the borders and pile up on each other”, shows-t-it. He sought a way, with the motion of objects and natural elements, to evoke the idea of survival and the pulse of life causes people to continue, even in a state of extreme precariousness.
In the second section of the exhibition Of the body in migration / digitization, we recognize objects of the first film, to be hauled by porters to the body broken made of rags, of torn jeans and boots disparate. You will feel the movement of the walking never-ending, after the swell of the waves.
The artist will give a conference on the 21st of November at 16h.
The exhibition continues until December 15, at 295, boulevard Charest est. Info : www.galerie.art.ulaval.ca