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Thursday, February 5, 2009, at Sala RossaIn partnership with the spoken word festival Voix d’Amériques, Agence TOPO presented on February 5, 2009, Sortir de l’écran / Spoken Screen, an evening of stage and audiovisual performances by four eclectic collectives from Montréal and Toronto: the irreverent multimedia artist Istvan Kantor – aka Monty Cantsin – and his Red Armband; the musician Diane Labrosse, the multimedia creator Sébastien Cliche and the Lombardo sisters; and the audio performance collective Mineminemine and the poet of the digital David Jhave Johnson.For those who missed this exceptional evening listed as the first OFF event of the Montreal Festival Voix d’Amériques, we have posted some video excerpts of the performances.
New Media Jelly

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Istvan Kantor – alias Monty Cantsin – and his Red Armband with: Eszter Jagica, Lewis Kaye, Art Szombathy and Wes Rickert
Experimental media-performance exploring the popular form of the video-song.

Istvan Kantor sings a Neoist Revolutionary Song

Diane Labrosse, Sébastien Cliche with Élodie & Séverine Lombardo
Multiscreen projection of poems and sound exploration where typewrites are used as interfaces and instruments.

Labrosse Cliche et les soeurs Lombardo

Mineminemine, audio performance collective (Magali Babin, Éric Létourneau, Alexandre St-Onge),
with their guests Philémon Bézy and Simon Brown

Le trio Mineminemine part en transe avec SDLM

New Media Jelly
David Jhave Johnston
Interactive digital poetry interludes.

jhave Johnson 3D poetry

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
Sala Rossa, 4848 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal
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Istvan Kantor
Istvan Kantor aka Monty Cantsin, founder of Neoism, is an action based media artist/subvertainer/producer, active in many fields, performance, robotics, mixed-media, installation, painting, sound, music, video and new media. His main subjects are the decay of technology and the struggle of the individual in technological society. In collaboration with legendary correspondence artist David Zack, Kantor launched the Monty Cantsin open-pop-star project in Portland, Oregon in 1978. He initiated both the international operations of Neoism and his major life-long performance “Blood Campaign” in 1979 in Montreal. He has been arrested and jailed many times for his blood-x interventions in museums. Kantor’s work was featured since the beginning of the 80’s by prestigious festivals and events. He is also a recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts (2004), as well as being the bandleader/singer of the Red Armband, founder-member of the MachineSexActionGroup and the Kantor Family Circus. Born in Budapest, he lives and works in Toronto since the 90’s.

Labrosse Cliche
A composer, improviser and performer, Diane Labrosse is a regular on the contemporary, improvised and avant-garde music scenes both in Canada and abroad where she has participated in several prestigious festivals. A founding member of the groups Justine, Les Poules and Wondeur Brass with Joane Hétu and Danielle Palardy Roger, she has also widely collaborated with dance, theatre, cinema and radio productions. Her discography is made up of over thirty records. Diane Labrosse is very involved in experimental music and from 1980 to 2008 she was the co-founder and artistic co-director of Productions SuperMusique – a contemporary music production house. She is also part of Ambiances Magnétiques, a collective of independent musician/producers.

Sébastien Cliche is a multidisciplinary artist employing photography, text and sound. He has shown his work in numerous exhibitions in Canada and France. As a sound artist, he has notably performed his piece /invisible field/ at the Mutek festival (2005) and is co-author of the score for Relevé de terrain, a Julie Lebel’s choreography programmed at Tangente in April 2009. He also worked as a curator on The Hearing Eye, an exhibition where visual artists and musicians are brought together through graphic scores. On the web, you can experience his projects Gravity Principles and Ruptures or simply visit to learn more about his work. He lives and works in Montreal.

Mineminemine is an interdisciplinary collective that has been doing sound performance since 1999. It is made up of Magali Babin, Éric Létourneau and Alexandre St-Onge, three sound artists known for their contemporary music experimentations. The trio’s approach is based on a sound art practice that establishes a direct relation between the sound and the performative action. Notable among the collective’s creations are: two pieces created for the Westwerk gallery in Hamburg, Germany (2002), a commissioned work for the Roots festival organized by the artist-run centre Time Based-Arts in Hull, England (2002) and a commission for a performance presented as part of an exhibition of the artists Christof Migone, Jocelyn Robert and Raymond Gervais at the gallery Bina Ellen in Montréal (2006).

David Jhave Johnston
David Jhave Johnston is a multimedia-poet currently living in Montreal. He has been involved in numerous collaborative and solo digital and in-situ art practises (working with among others: Year01, Champ Libre, Bioteknica,, Ollivier Dyens, OBX, TML, Symbiosis, Zoi, etc.). His work has been exhibited at 2 new media Biennales: Montreal ’03 & Toronto ’04. He graduated in the spring of 2004 with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Computer Science, minor in Digital Image and Sound. In 2005 he graduated from the SFU SIAT MaSc in Interactive Arts program. He is currently a doctoral student at Concordia University.


Agence TOPO –
At the crossroads of visual arts, literature and new media

Agence TOPO is an artist-run centre dedicated to the production, dissemination and distribution of independent multimedia works. Since 1998, TOPO creates and produces collective multimedia art projects with a diversity of artists, presented in local and international exhibitions, events and festivals. The centre also distributes a catalogue of artistic and experimental works on CD/DVD. The series Sortir de l’écran / Spoken Screen was initiated in 2007/2008 in collaboration with the Laboratoire NT2, which led to the presentation of a first series of hypermedia performances and conferences at the gallery La Centrale Powerhouse and the Université du Québec à Montréal (

This evening of performances is made possible by the Programme de soutien des pratiques émergentes as part of a partnership agreement between the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.


Festival Voix d’Amériques –
An electrifying platform for different voices

Founded in 2002 and coordinated by Les Filles électriques, the Festival Voix d’Amériques (FVA) offers up eight days of engaged and effervescent experimentation every February in Montréal. It is now the most important spoken word festival in Canada.

Source : Agence TOPO – Michel Lefebvre, General Director
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Agence TOPO thanks the Canada Arts Council, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Emploi-Québec, the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, the Société des arts technologiques which hosts TOPO’s web site, as well as the Festival Voix d’Amériques.

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