latest multimedia creation, an e-poetry project, is
based on a poetic body of work of the Canadian-Welsh author Childe Roland and
the images of the Canadian photographer Susan Coolen.
in February 2006 within the Festival Voix d’Amériques, in Montréal,
the Web site extends as an installation at the gallery Espace (Montréal)
and at the Harbourfront Center (Toronto).
has also been presented at E-Poetry
2007 (Paris) (see
a QuickTime video).
Childe Roland’s poetical body of work
/ Stars / Goleuadau stands as a metaphorical representation of
the black holes in astronomy and the death of supernovas. The series
is composed of sound poems in which all verses first syllables start
as an aspirated syllable which slowly dries up the throat. The spoken
words only stand when read loud, "like
a string of curses launched to pitiless stars" (Childe
Roland). Written in three languages, French, English and Welsh, the
texts are organized in sets of themes and approach various contemporary
issues: environment, epidemics, computerization, globalization,
etc. This work follows an exploratory process carried out for several
years by this Canadian artist established in North Wales, which works
in sound and concrete poetry and deals with the physical characteristics
of the text through also artists’ books and sculptural objects. Childe
Roland is the artist’s name of Peter Noël Meilleur.
Harbourfront Center (Toronto)
Casa des Popolo (Montréal) Galerie Espace (Montréal)
Coolen’s photographic body of work
The photographic work of the artist originary from Nova-Scotia
also evolves around the cosmos’ theme. In the ongoing project Astral
Projections, Coolen stages objects and links her collecting of specimens
to space imagery. Her found objects and specimens become new ‘evidence’
in her constantly evolving stories about ‘who’ is ‘out there’ and ‘what’
is ‘out there’. Often playful, and linking to fictional accounts of
travel to the Moon and beyond, Astral Projections [and related
works Celestial Travelers, Primordia, Galileo’s Observation]
opens up the imaginative possibilities of multiple entities and possibilities
inhabiting our vast cosmos.
TOPO’s multimedia creation
Eva Quintas, artistic director of Agence TOPO, is the project’s
curator. The site’s design is signed by Guy Asselin assisted
by Vincent Archambault. Sound effects are created by Mike
Agence TOPO pursues its research on the convergence of
literature and visual arts with new media by approaching here the text
as a material for experimentation. The poems and the images have stimulated
the creation of multimedia tableaux which are randomly displayed.
In order to put forward the texts’ sound aspect, Agence TOPO invited
the author Childe Roland and the poets Kim Doré, Tony Tremblay
and Victoria Stanton to read the poems.
Agence TOPO - Michel Lefebvre • T (514) 279-8676 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Agence TOPO thanks the Festival
Voix d’Amériques as well as the Canada Arts Council, the Conseil des arts et
des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Emploi-Québec and the
Société des arts technologiques. Childe Roland thanks Wales Art International.