The Post-Audio_DVD project is a compilation of audiovisual projects created by Montreal-based artists. It is a testimony to a bourgeoning practice that combines sound and moving images. Though this is in no way an exhaustive presentation, it does, however propose a panorama by presenting a variety of artistic approaches that bear the singular stamp of their creators.
The Post-Audio_DVD is an extension of the Post-Audio Esthetic project (followed by the
online project Post-Audio NetLab: www.agencetopo.qc.ca/postaudio) that focused on
the mutating spaces of the musical object and sound, their representational codes and
their multiple relations to the visual arts. However, unlike the Post-Audio NetLab, which
provided an open-ended and interactive forum for the creative convergence between
images and sound, the Post-Audio_DVD project features a selection of complete and
fully crafted audiovisual works. These works are characteristic of an emergent artistic
practice that involves collaborations between the visual arts and sound artists. It must be
said from the outset, and with all due respect, that these practices are quite distinct from
VJing or video clips, in which the visual aspect tends to be relegated to a secondary
illustrative function that carries the musical content. The nucleus of these artistic
investigations consists of a more sophisticated aesthetic approach that is based on the
interweaving of visual and sound components to create works that are greater than the
sum of their mediums; and that are perhaps best called audiovisual works.
Too often these collaborations are ephemeral and are washed away with time's passing. It is for this reason that we have chosen to capture the selected works on DVD. The DVD format is ideally suited to provide lasting access to these practices that are rarely witnessed outside of live performance settings or the confines of gallery and museum spaces. Given the broad spectrum of innovative works straddling sound and image the project does not have the ambition to be exhaustive or all inclusive, it is rather based on highlighting specific aesthetic qualities and a diversity of singular artistic approaches. The works presented, inscribe themselves both within the particular Montreal microclimate and the broader current of an ongoing evolution of creative audiovisual explorations that are taking shape within a landscape of accelerated technological change, shifting sensibilities and convergent aesthetic and artistic practices. With time always having the final word, for now we can only hope that this project opens a new window from which to explore the horizon where sound and image converge and then slip away again into their strangely parallel vanishing points.
This compilation of audiovisual works was put together by Gennaro De Pasquale. For several years this artist and curator has been interested in the representation of sound through images, objects and installations, as well as in sound as matter, language and autonomous art work.