September 29, 2017
L’instant présent

Izabel Barsive, Curator

On Friday, September 29, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Culture Days was celebrated at Gamman House with an 8:00 p.m. showing of L’instant présent, a video projection curated by Izabel Barsive. Artists Raymond Aubin, Marie-Pier Chayer Demers, Kalambay Kalula, Doris Lamontagne, Vee Penz, Yanie Porlier, David Ross, Gilles Roy, Komi Seshie and Paul Walty each contributed by creating 3 to 5 minute videos based on personal experiences or philosophical, metaphysical, social or historical concepts.

Barsive invited the artists to consider the notion of time, or more precisely, the present moment. This was interpreted in various ways: the time we don’t have, the time we wish we could freeze, the time that ages us…

The work:


David Ross Palimpseste (Palimpsest)
Palimpseste is a visual and auditory project built of the accumulation, the successive destruction and reconstruction, of videos, photos, and personal memories. The final version shows the vestiges of this process, and by its inherent defects invites us to reflect upon digital memory.

Doris LamontagneCassandre (Cassandra)
In Greek mythology Cassandra receives from Apollo the gift of predicting the future but, as she refuses his advances, he decrees that her predictions will never be believed. 2007-2017, when environmental scientists refuse to align their research results with the ideologies of governments controlled by multinationals, brutal budget cuts are imposed upon them. 
Cassandra : 2017 : The predicted disasters become media events in a future past which converts into “present moment”.
Cassandra: The rape of science: The failure of the authorities.

Gilles RoyÉclats de vie (Flashes of Life)
The two words are synonymous, so they must be understood as a single title. If time is divided into infinitesimal fractions, the present moment is not within human reach. Therefore, this approach targets the human being, and in order to do this I attempt to define multiple present moments with the help of markers or frontiers. Just as one would define an island by water, an image (dream) will be inserted between markers. Moreover, I will define the present moment by its absence, its lengths, its recurrence/frequency. Ultimately, I will try to create the present moment by each of the five senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste).

Kalula KalambayL’empreinte du pèlerin (The Footprint of the Pilgrm)
In this work, Kalula tries to demonstrate that each step of the pilgrim is an inner quest towards the spiritual elevation necessary to celebrate the eternity of the present moment. The subtle interaction, between the intensity of of the physical suffering experienced and the awe inspired by the beauty of the surrounding nature, prolongs the length of the moment lived.
The slow motion, and the superimposed images, paired with appropriate sounds, accentuate the suspension of time and give the actual dimension of boundlessness desired.


Komi SeshieLe pèlerinage (The pilgramage)
In my artistic process, I pursue a reflection based on various media sources that address socio-economic, geopolitical and environmental issues.
Like heavenly bodies in their orbits, they are looking for sanctuary! They wish to find room for their progeny in a peaceful place! Others wish to deepen their knowledge. “The world, our world, has existed since night of time, yet every day we must recreate it. If we did not walk upon the earth, it would not exist.” (Breytenbach, 2011). Ultimately, we move around to create!

Marie-Pier Chayer DemersÉphémère (Ephemeral)
“Ephemeral” is a word often used to describe the performing arts. Each second one is on stage, one must immerse oneself in the present instant. This instant, at once brief and infinite, has us travel in our imagination. It is in this frame of mind that I wished to create Éphémère, and to thus portray this sensation of the present moment, as it is experienced on stage.


Paul WaltyNuit Bleue (Blue night) / Crosstown Bus
Nuit bleue / Crosstown Bus has its origins in a video taken in Vancouver while returning by bus to the hotel, on a rainy fall day. While I was filming thorough the bus window with my digital camera, the night became imbued with a particular blue that greatly pleased me.
The work is an image by image animation. My source, filmed over about twenty minutes, is composed of several hundred images taken in burst mode from this mass transit bus with interior lighting.
As for the choice of frame rate, I was aiming for an animation that would portray the slowness of movement felt by a tired, rain-damp person, drowsing in the well-heated bus.

Raymond AubinAu fil de L’eau (Run of the river)
My art is closely linked with my vision of a contingent and chaotic world. The furtive appearance of disarray hidden in daily life calls forth emotion and questioning. I use devices, and I propose photo, video art, and sound art installations. The uncertainty at the root of art in Eastern Asia has fascinated me for a long time. In this art, opposites coexist. There is no need to explain things; shaking them will suffice.


Vee PenzThe Pilot
This film explores the themes of autonomous choice and liberty in life and death. In exploring this thanks to the experience of an airplane, this film implies the question “Who is the pilot?”
Using video sequences gathered over the course of three years, Vee Penz recreates the feelings and experience of a flight. A major theme is the liberty found in the present moment where you submit all control.

Yanie Porlier0 1
Social networks have, unquestionably, an impact on our relationship with time.
We live in an era of the instantaneous where waiting has no place.
We are witnessing a mind-body split where the body is present and the mind is elsewhere, where the real and the virtual fuse and form a digital blend.
The work “0 1” tries to recreate this instant where separation and fusion occur.


The Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle would like to thank the Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Heritage and the City of Ottawa for their support.

July 15, 2017 to July 14, 2018
At the Centre Richelieu-Vanier 
Voix numérique Exhibition

Marie Hélène Giguère, curator

Participating artists: Robert Arnold | Adrien Asselin | Hugo Aubin | Derek Michael Besant | Frances Caswell-Routhier | Renée Chevalier | Pál Csaba | Lillianne Daigle | Vera David-Heisler | Maryse Des Aulniers | Élisabeth Dupond | Marta Dziomdziora | Paula Franzini | Catherine Garcia Cournoyer | Denyse Gérin | Eugenia Gortchakova | Sadko Hadzihasanovic | Saeko Hanji | Florentia Ikonomidou | René Kempen | Snežana Kezele | Isao Kobayashi | Alexia-Leana Kokozaki | Helene Lacelle | Roxanne Lafleur | Johanne Lafrenière | Louise Lamirande | Doris Lamontagne | Marie-Paule Le Bohec-Macot | Denis Leclerc | Manu Mandeep Singh | Richard Miron | Joseph Muscat | André Paquin | Manon Pelletier | Martine Périat | François Perras | Ovidiu Petca | Louise Piché | Henri Pouillon | Izabella Retkowska | Agnès Riverin | Anne Roulant et Gilles Guillaume | Naïma Saadane | Aine Scannell | Komi Seshie | Svetlana Swinimer | Hiro-Omi Takeuchi | Jozina Marina Van Hees | Markéta Váradiová | David Westrop | Pierre Woerner

June 17 to July 4, 2017
Voix Jeunes Talents

Opening: Thursday, June 22 at 5 pm

VJT image

Curated by Grégoire Hubert, the exhibition explored the theme Digital Generation.

This year once more, Voix Visuelle held its exhibition for young artists, Voix Jeunes Talents. Born at the crossroads of media, technology and networks, a whole generation has become the principal player and producer of this new digital era. The artists of this generation break the established rules to push the envelope and thus take greater ownership of the surrounding world by showing us how they see things. What relationship do those young artists maintain with technology? How do they manage the boundaries between the real and the virtual?

The opening of the exhibition took place on Thursday, June 22 at 5 pm, at the Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle. Three prizes were awarded at the opening.


1st prize: to Lina Akkawi for her video Hologram

2nd prize: to Adriana Gutiérrez for her image Regard Virtuel

3rd prize: to Mélanie Dugas for her video Décompression





Honorable mention: to Isabella Khalil for her image Cache-cache

Honorable mention: to Éloïse Mutombo for her video La Nuit






The Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle would like to thank the Ontario Arts CouncilCanadian Heritage, the City of Ottawa and the Community Foundation of Ottawa for their support.

Du 8 avril au 9 mai 2017
Sophie Cardin
RIP & KIT (Rest in Peace and Keep in Touch)

Vernissage : le jeudi 13 avril à 17 h

« Dans la mémoire infinie du web, il y a une vie après la mort. » Cette exposition présentait le travail de l’artiste Sophie Cardin, qui explore le sujet de la trace numérique et de la communication post-mortem.

Dans RIP & KIT (Rest In Peace and Keep In Touch), une installation de pierres tombales évoquant le monde numérique questionne le désir d’immortalité qui nous anime. Jusqu’où Internet mène-t-il ? Devons-nous nous soucier de notre héritage numérique? Même si Facebook permet aux amis d’une personne décédée de se recueillir virtuellement, des lieux physiques de commémoration sont-ils encore nécessaires? La proposition tente de lancer la réflexion.

Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle remercie le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, Patrimoine canadien et la Ville d’Ottawa de leur appui.

Du 21 janvier au 21 février 2017
Manon Pelletier et Kévin Calixte

Vernissage : le jeudi 26 janvier à 17 h

Cette exposition présentait le travail de Kévin Calixte et de Manon Pelletier, deux artistes pour lesquels la photographie de sujets est centrale au projet proposé.

Kévin Calixte s’interroge sur l’attirance de la génération Y pour la pratique du yoga. Avec sa série Yo, il explore ainsi le thème de l’équilibre émotionnel et physique de différents yogis canadiens, en cherchant à capturer leur point d’équilibre.

Quant à Manon Pelletier, elle met en scène un couple en relation depuis longtemps dont les têtes sont dissimulées. Sans l’expression de leur visage, le spectateur décode les gestes des personnages, les interprète et crée son propre scénario.

Le Centre d’artistes Voix Visuelle remercie le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario, Patrimoine canadien, et la Ville d’Ottawa de leur appui.

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