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La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux


The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal will present La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux, an exhibition that brings together over thirty artists from Montréal and its surroundings.

We invite you to join Curator Mark Lanctot on a 25 minutes virtual walk-through of the exhibition. We hope you enjoy this exclusive contemporary art moment — a small taste of what awaits you upon the Museum’s reopening. The walk-through is in French only. 

This exhibition was assembled along an open thematic framework that stems from an interest in how language is inscribed in bodies, gestures, and materials. More specifically, we sought to explore how objects and techniques used by this “embodied language” can act as interfaces, allowing for the transmission of affects and knowledge between individuals and time periods.

These ideas evolved considerably over the course of our research. Their terms were re-oriented and sharpened by our numerous meetings with artists and a variety of other actors. Our research allowed us to carve out subsets of conversations and convergences from the field of artistic practices we were looking at. These subsets follow their own logic, which we attempt to echo and underscore in the exhibition, publication, and related public programs.

– The curators, Mark Lanctôt and François LeTourneux

Artists : Vikky Alexander, Trevor Baird, Thomas Bégin, Simon Belleau, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Sandeep Bhagwati, Jacques Bilodeau, Rosika Desnoyers, Mara Eagle, Surabhi Ghosh, Carla Hemlock, Kristan Horton, Sheena Hoszko, Isuma, Kelly Jazvac, Suzanne Kite, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Karen Kraven, Marlon Kroll, Nicolas Lachance, Yen-Chao Lin, Anne Low, Luanne Martineau, Manuel Mathieu, N.E. Thing Co, Jérôme Nadeau, Isabelle Pauwels, Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Walter Scott, Erin Shirreff, Eve Tagny, Samuel Walker, Nico Williams, Thea Yabut

With a film programme entitled chorus, talk through life, organised by guest curator, Ronald Rose-Antoinette. With the artists: Denise F. da Silva & Arjuna Neuman, Esery Mondésir, Darlene Naponse, Jamilah Sabur, Kengné Téguia, Suné Woods.

With a podcast series organised by guest curator, Daisy Desrosiers.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication including: an essay by Krista Lynes, short texts by Nicole Brossard, Marie-Andrée Gill, Rawi Hage, Symon Henry, Joana Joachim, Michael Nardone, Madeleine Thien, Maude Veilleux, Jacob Wren, and a reader edited by Raymond Boisjoly comprised of excerpts of texts by Maya Deren, Jeanne Favret-Saada, Branden Hookway, Alfred Jarry, Catherine Malabou,  Ferdinand de Saussure and Michel Serres.

As part of the exhibition, artist Sandeep Bhagwati presents the research-creation project Are you out of your sound?

Discover it here


The MAC Magazine

The MAC Magazine

Fall 2020, 1927-8209, PDF.

Mark Lanctôt and François LeTourneux