Allegorical circuits for human software #5

In a context where digital technologies have taken over communication, one could argue about the possibility of a progressive disappearance of the voice—with all its intonations and emotions—in favor of an often empty, impetuous, and fragmented prose, where words are replaced by images (emojis and emoticons). Inspired by McLuhanesque ideas, this fifth evening of performances takes this idea into consideration. The performances will reflect on the transformation of modes of expression, and the effects of the medium on the individual, thus highlighting the importance of the biological body and significance of the voice—inseparable from feelings of solidarity and reciprocity.



Come and discover the work in situ, D.o.t.T.D. (Dance of the Techno Demon), in the presence of artists Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe. Although it has the mundane appearance of a hot dog stand, the work encourages us to experience nothing less than a direct experience with the clear-sighted spirit of vegetarian sausage! Working with an augmented reality application and artificial intelligence, the work adapts to your environment to predict your future. 

The collaborative practice of artists Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe is based on an investigation of the web environments and computer-generated worlds associated with video games and immersive technologies. Combining digital art and sculpture, their interdisciplinary approach is inspired by the similarities and correspondences that can be made between simulated realities and real life. Interested in how digital objects influence daily life and how the technological imaginary is expressed, they explore their communicational and relational potential by appropriating the language of computer programs. In recent years, the duo has participated in local and international residencies such as the artist-run centre Verticale (Laval, 2018) and Bòlit: Centre d’Art Contemporani (Catalonia, 2019). Most recently, their work was presented at Galerie AVE (Montreal, 2019), Re-Envision Film Festival (UK, 2019), and Artist Project (Toronto, 2020).




The Plot is the object of intrigue inspired by the often very personal way in which a film is told from person to person—an attempt to explore the value of experience and to reflect on the influence of individual narratives. The performance is built around a narrative in the abyss, featuring two groups of women, one fictional and the other real, both caught in entangled relationships. These women protagonists, who embody a symbolic value, demonstrate the importance of clear communication by revealing the innocuous origin, yet the dramatic significance of the quarrel. The interweaving of the different narrative elements thus reveals the limits of a story’s personalization or self-representation, in an attempt to probe the value of empathy and reciprocity, which are associated with good communication practices. In this sense, Guimond uses narrative as a material to shed light on the acerbic remarks that can be made within a group in order to express the need for a collective bond. 

Emma-Kate Guimond is formally trained in contemporary dance, but her preferred medium is the slideshow. Using gesture, image and text, her performances are embodied, difficult, desperate, colorful, and funny. She has presented performances at Visualeyez Festival, in Edmonton (2013); Mountain Standard Time, in Calgary (2014, 2018); FADO Emerging artist series, in Toronto (2014); as well as VIVA! in Montreal (2019). From 2009-2017 she was co-director of WIVES collective, with whom she presented feeled (OFFTA, 2016) and ACTION MOVIE (Théâtre Lachapelle, 2017). Recent performances and exhibitions include ATTABLER (2ième porte à gauche, Agora de la danse, 2018); You (TOPO, 2019); Sequence of events (Arprim, 2019); and My Dog for the Duration of a Cigarette (VIVA! Art Action, 2019). Emma-Kate was born in Edmonton and has been based in Montreal since 2005. She holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance (Concordia 2011) and a MA in Visual and Media Arts (UQAM, 2017).


Interpreters and collaborators: 

Originally from the Netherlands, Jacqueline Van de Geer crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2005 to live and work in Montréal. Drawing inspiration from universal themes such as heritage, family, democracy, war, and the politics of exclusion,
 her intimate performances garner trust while revealing the unsettling.

Sarah Chouinard-Poirier is an artist and a worker. She works to care for and nurture her work.

Nien-Tzu Weng est un artiste interdisciplinaire taïwanaise-canadienne, établie à Montréal depuis 2008, qui se spécialise dans la danse. Elle vise à jeter des ponts entre les disciplines, en poursuivant une approche expérimentale de la danse contemporaine. Elle est actuellement membre de LePARC (Milieux) et artiste résidente au Topological Media Lab, où elle développe ses recherches sur la présence et l'interactivité.


Outdoor space / Free entry
Bar + DJ set by SAUDADE until 11pm
Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged / Mandatory indoors