From May 10 to May 12, Eric Mattson, guest curator of the Quebec City biennial, presents 3 evenings of sound exploration at the Espace 400e Bell. The public will have the opportunity to hear novel works created from instruments invented by over 10 artists, hailing from Quebec, Switzerland and Japan.

Block 1: Atelier Mécano
Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m., pass required.
Guest artists: Minibloc (Montréal), Kanta Horio (Tokyo), 8 participants of the workshop.

Following a 3-day creation activity hosted before a full house by the duo Minibloc and Japanese artist Kanta Horio, the Atelier Mécano opens to the public. It’s now time to uncover the creations contrived by the participants from Quebec and then, in concert, the playful and captivating music by the duo Minibloc.


Block 2: Pretexting Leonardo da Vinci
Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8 p.m.
, 10 $ / 8 $ on presentation of the pass.
Participants: Kanta Horio (Tokyo), Ghislain Roy (Montréal), Jean-Pierre Gauthier (Montréal), Manon Labrecque (Montréal), Pascal Robitaille (Québec).

These artists divert everyday objects, functional or not, toward sonorous uses. They invent uncommon instruments or create captivating musical structures. A delightful cocktail of creativity and sensitivity.

Manon Labrecque

Block 3: Waiting for H.G. Wells
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8 p.m.
, 10 $ / 8 $ on presentation of the pass.
Paricipants: Thomas Bégin (Montréal), Vromb (Montréal), Toshimaru Nakamura (Tokyo), Norbert Möslang (Saint-Gall).

Musical evening with the world famous Montrealer Vromb, the artist Thomas Bégin and his rotating audiovisual structures, the Japanese Toshimaru Nakamura in an intimate and surprising relationship with a mixing console, and lastly the Swiss sound artist Norbert Möslang who questions intently the sound produced by a blinking LED-type light. The public is invited to enter this surprising imaginary universe inspired by fantasy cinema.

Thomas Bégin

Information: Patrick Fournier, Communications Coordinator, Manif d’art, 418 524-1917,