On Friday, May 23, 2014, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) invited visitors to explore its Digital Nocturnes exhibitions at night. Open until 3am, and featuring DJs, electronic music, and cocktails, the museum presented a different way to enjoy contemporary and digital art.
The three current exhibitions include:
- Ryoji Ikeda: C4I
- International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN): PHYSICAL/ITÉ
- A Matter of Abstraction
INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL ARTS BIENNIAL (BIAN) 2014
From May 23 to June 1, 2014 the MAC will be the venue for BIAN’s “installations” section and will welcome some fifteen works by Québec, Canadian and international artists. All these artists illustrate the growing importance of design, games, robotics, science and digital art in current culture.
The International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN) is a major exhibition featuring vernissages and special events, which takes you on an artistic journey dedicated to digital art, by bringing together Montréal’s leading contemporary creation spaces.
This second edition, to be held from May 1 to June 19, 2014, is dedicated to the theme of PHYSICAL/ITÉ. The works presented intensify the multisensory experience of the body, explore its hidden or forgotten potentiality and question the tension or harmony between perception and cognition to generate an intimate dialogue between fact and fiction.
A MATTER OF ABSTRACTION
On display from April 2012 until April 30, 2016, this exhibition explores abstraction as contemporary artistic expression in Québec and Canada. A Matter of Abstraction brings together a hundred or so works produced between 1939 and the present, showcasing the quest led, since the early 1940s, by the artists of the Montréal School in a thoroughly original way yet in synchrony with the major international movements.
RYOJI IKEDA – C4I
From May 6 to June 18, 2014, the MAC is presenting C4I, a work by Ryoji Ikeda, one of the foremost names in minimalist electronic music. Born in 1966 in Gifu, Japan, he now lives and works in Paris. Ikeda, who is a member of the multidisciplinary artists’ collective Dumb Type, first attracted attention with his recordings, concerts and installations in the mid-1990s, as part of the electronica scene. Ikeda’s first major solo exhibition was held in 2009 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. In 2011 Park Avenue Armory commissioned the work Test Pattern. Ryoji Ikeda is the award winner of the Prix Ars Electronica 2014.
C4I uses data as material and theme, highlighting the ways in which such information shapes our understanding of the world. Video images of landscapes are progressively abstracted into a language of data, while facts, figures and diagrams are used in montage with dazzling graphic force. Text excerpts elegantly punctuate the on-screen projections. Blurring the lines between nature, science and philosophy, the work subtly suggests a convergence of the real and the virtual. The soundtrack synchronizes perfectly with the graphical and video images to create a piece of undeniable power and beauty. In this highly atmospheric work, Ikeda strives for an aesthetic of pure data. Derived from the natural world and from global systems such as economics and theoretical mathematics, data represents a new material for the artist’s explorations. C4I, in its meticulous composition and technical sophistication, reveals sublime views of reality.