Conversation with Falling Spheres

To inaugurate this new decade, TOPO is hosting from January 16 to February 15, 2020, the tactile, auditory and contemplative installation Conversation with Falling Spheres, by the artist ULO, displaying two interactive sound instruments in its showcase (the Vitrine) located on the ground floor of the 5445 de Gaspé Avenue building. The exhibited work offers an immersive experience as the public is invited to enter the space in order to explore the symbolic relationship between the plurality of indigenous voices and the cohesion of sound harmonies.

The two circular interactive platforms provide an immersive sonic experience when tactile sensors are activated. The multi-sensory installation combines typical elements of a campfire — stones and wood — a sympolic space for sharing knowledge and rites. One circle transmits vocal sustained notes, creating a set of rich and dense harmonies, and the other one responds with vegetal organic granulated tones. Inspired by nature and its symbolic representations of spheres in culture, this interactive sound installation embodies the vibrations of life and the unification of voices, a dialogue between human and earth, a reflection around a “deconstructed” fire.

Conversation with Falling Spheres is part of the first thematic cycle in TOPO's 2019-2021 program, which interrogates the notion of  Frontier. "Cultures, Languages, Spiritualities: Beyond Borders" brings together three artists from the plurality of the Americas who explore the reconquest of roots and legacies through questions about memory and death.

The showcase doors will be open from Monday to Thursday and on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

Exhibition Petit plus
The Showcase is located on the ground floor of 5445, de Gaspé, in Montreal.

From January 16th to February 15th

Opening Petit plus
Join us on the 6th floor of 5445 de Gaspé, room 608, for the opening. Visits to the showcase are organized throughout the evening!

Friday January 16th, 5:30 PM

ULO (Iris Godbout) is a multidisciplinary artist (music, singing, visual and multimedia arts) from Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Music degree from Concordia University. After studying visual arts and music, more specifically singing, for several years, her artistic approach converged towards these two practices. She first invested the stage, then the composing studio, and most recently visual and digital arts.

Influenced by her background in music, more specifically in world music, the artist explores the parallel and complementarity of organic materials with digital elements. Over the past few years, she has invested in digital arts and created Holodio, an ambient and narrative sound station including a mobile application aimed at awakening the senses and imagination of the listeners. More recently, she has integrated electronic notions into her approach and created tactile sound installations inspired by organic elements. Investing abstract and symbolic minimalist structures, her practice combines mysticism, indigenous art, natural elements, minimalism, technological art and electroacoustic sounds.

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