Artistic Works

In his artistic practice, focused primarily on sonic arts, Philippe Pasquier is bringing forward forms that are exploring the non-verbalisable dimensions of the sublime. Philippe has been acting as a performer, director, composer, musician, producer and educator in many different contexts. He also serves, or has served, as an active member and administrator of several artistic collectives and companies (Robonom, Phylm, Miji), art centers (Avatar, Bus Gallery) and artistic organizations (P: Media art, Machines, Vancouver New Music) in Europe, Canada and Australia. Philippe is director of ISEA2015.
Installations and Public Art
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iOTA_AI PERFORMANCE

Sept - Sept 2017

Ouchhh created IOTA AI Performance collaborated with Canadian Data AI Scientists Assoc. Prof. Philippe Pasquier Phil Pass, Kivanç Tatar (Engineer Artist) and MASOM. For this piece, MASOM is trained on the compositions of Mehmet Ünal AudioFil. Can machines totally replace humans, or is there a need for just the right combination of human and artificial intelligence—hybrid intelligence? Link: https://www.facebook.com/Ouchhh.tv/videos/1492873787455600/ CREDIT: Direction_Design_Animation: Ouchhh (www.ouchhh.tv) Creative coder and AI artists: K?vanç Tatar and Philippe Pasquier (MASOM) Sound design and music: Mehmet Ünal from AudioFIL



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Longing & Forgetting

Jan 2013 - Apr 2014

This installation is a collaboration with Matthew Gingold and Thecla Schiphorst. Video characters inhabit the west wall of Chuck Bailey, climbing the wall, sitting on window ledges, and looking out towards the passing SkyTrain.

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Audio Metaphor

2012 - ongoing

Audio Metaphor is an interactive system that presents itself as a search engine in which the audience is invited to enter an expression or a sentence that will serve as a request to an automatic soundscape generation system. Enter “The waterfalls inundate the city” or “The marshmallows explode in the campfire” and it will sound like it in quadraphonic! This interactive audio installation is questioning the ubiquity of information, be it real or fake, actual or synthetic. Using state of the art algorithms for sound retrieval, segmentation, background and foreground classification, automatic mixing and automatic soundscape affect recognition. Audio Metaphor is a powerful system that generates believable soundscape at interactive rate. The piece points at issues around big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technoscientific advances, and their impact on our perception and experience of the world.

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Lingua Aqua

2009 - ongoing

Bear Creek Park, City of Surrey, Canada
A collaboration with Michael Filimowicz, Melanie Cassidy and Brady Marks, Lingua Aqua is a public artwork combining sculptural, architectural, and audiovisual media to materialize the original "bath of sounds" from which language emerges. It is a self-enclosed fountain utilizing flowing water, single channel video, four-channel audio, and engraved transparent panels to create a space for contemplating the variety and complexity of languages.

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NAOS

Jun - Aug 2008

Montalvo Art Center, California
This installation is a collaboration with Carlos Castellanos, Luther Thie and Kyu Che. In the line of the Acclair project, NAOS proposes a critical reflection on the growing use of physiological monitoring in our technophilic society. The installation is presented as a bio-pod in which the audience, equipped with various biometric sensors, is confronted with selected images. After several iterations, machine learning algorithms are used to classify the user's reactions into one of the four following categories: passive, aggressive, loyal, subversive. (DIMEA paper, Web page)

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The Crossing

Mar - Apr 2008

BUS Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
This installation is a collaboration with physicist and visual artist Martina Mrongovius. Two "holographic films" containing 160 "holographic frames" each are disposed on the sides of a 5 meter long linear path. Walking along this path at a normal pace unfolds the two three dimensional films and their sound track. The use of distance sensors allows the viewer to 'scratch' time. By going backward, the viewer can rewind images and sound, by standing still he can freeze both. In this simple interactive setting, the viewer's movement becomes the motor of the audiovisual experience.

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Flying Falling Floating

Jan - Feb 2008

Carriage Work, Sydney, Australia
A collaboration with Matthew Gingold, this 6-channel audio video installation shows bodies flying, falling and floating on architectural elements of the hosting building. It was presented for three weeks during the 2008 Sydney International Festival.

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Auditory Tactics

Jul - Sept 2007

Beamforming technology
Developed in the context of an artistic residency at Videograph and in collaboration with Philippe-Aubert Gauthier, this system combines hardware (an array of 16 loudspeakers) and software (developed using PureData) allowing the user to create and manipulate up to 8 sound beams. Beamforming is a relatively new sound spatialisation technology resting on very short delays (but that differs from Wave Field Synthesis). This device has been used and exploited for the Auditory Tactics sound installation.

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Nint&Do

Jun 2001

Espace Delrue, Nantes, France.
Nint & Do was also presented at the Blockhaus D.Y.10, on 28.01.1999.
In this interactice audio installation, the audience is invited to play with various vintage video games. The sounds made by these video games are processed, mixed and diffused in real time. This installation thus proposes a ludic introduction to "musique concrète" and electronic music.

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The Wall of Sound

Jun 1999

Blockhaus DY10, Nantes, France
This wall of sound has nothing to do with Phil Spector's recording and production technique. Here, a wall of heteroclite speakers is used to diffuse the output of a network of vintage analogue synthesizers. Each speaker broadcast the sound of a single synthesizer. The various synths are linked so as to make different parts of the wall interact, thus creating an unusual spatial effect for the audience.

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Discography
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Samiland, Capteur de brume

2006

CD, Mutek 03, MUTEK_REC, Montréal, Canada.



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Experimental Music

2005




Monobor, 4ever Thumb
Monobor, 4ever

2005




Ray of Glass Needles (Faisceau d'épingles de verre) Thumb
Ray of Glass Needles (Faisceau d'épingles de verre)

2005

Promotional DVD, produced by P: research, creation and diffusion in media arts.



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Electro-acoustic Works

2005




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Robonom, Ambiunk

2004

Produced at Groupe de Musique Électro-Acoustique d'Albi-Tarn (GMEA). Albi, France.



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Robonom Transformeur

2004




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IF, Manifestement

2003

CD, Alterfow/Déluge, Québec, Canada



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robonom, Entre bleu clair et marron foncé.

2003

MP3 CD, Excavation Sonore, available through OHM editions, Reference OHM / AVTR 032, Québec, Canada.



monobor, Le monde gueule Thumb
monobor, Le monde gueule

2002

projet MEHR de DDM : www.merh.fr.fm, Web release.



Robonom, r1 and r2  on No war without tears Thumb
Robonom, r1 and r2 on No war without tears

2001

CD, The Age of Venus Records, Nantes, France.



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Robonom, aesthetik gnatoflex

2001

Distributed with the Plastiq poetry book, CD, DDM, Paris, France.



Monobor, Sex O Clock Thumb
Monobor, Sex O Clock

2001

LP vinyl, Invasion planète - IP005, Toulouse, France. (sold out)



Robonom, Blockhaus sessions Thumb
Robonom, Blockhaus sessions

2001

CD, DDM, Nantes, France.



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Robonom, Pomelos

2001

CD compilation "Super Post electronica", +CROSS, Osaka, Japon (sold out). re-edited by Instinct Records, New york, USA.



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Abroad Songe

2001




Robonom, Rond mais carré Thumb
Robonom, Rond mais carré

2000

CD, DDM [Les disques de Merkel], Nantes, France (sold out).



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Robonom e.p.

1999

Robonom, EP vinyl, Vlan! Records, Paris, France (sold out).


DVD
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Avatar á Vooruit.

2006

DVD (PAL/NTSC). Available through OHM editions. Reference OHM / AVTR 040.



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Degrés d'hybridité / Degrees of hybridity.

2006

Catalogue, book and DVD Mois Multi 2005. Available through OHM editions. Reference OHM / AVTR 037



Avatar : Oeuvres avouées / Avowed Works Thumb
Avatar : Oeuvres avouées / Avowed Works

2005

Catalogue-DVD. Available through OHM editions. Reference OHM / AVTR 036.



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Mois Multi

2004

Catalogue, book and DVD, Available through Recto-Verso productions.


Multidisciplinary Arts Productions and Dance Performance
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Company MIJI

2007 - ongoing

Miji is a young company directed by the Korean choregrapher Soo Yeun You, the puppeter Hamish Fletcher and the audio artist Philippe Pasquier. Reliquary is Miji's first project and it is a collaboration with the aboriginal choreographer Gina Rings (a founding member of Bangara Dance Theatre).

Reliquary is a multidisciplinary project that brings together traditional and contemporary dance, puppetry, audio and video art. Korean shamanistic ritual and Australian indigenous spirituality come together in dance and puppetry to explore the embodiment of belief and heritage in a culturally diverse context. Reliquary - a container for important mementoes that have survived destruction - explore the connections and disconnections of the Korean and Aboriginal traditions.

Reliquary has been shown at Ausdance in Adelaide in February 2007, at Fortyfive Downstairs in Melbourne in July 2007, at the NorthCote Townhall in July 2008, and at the Dreaming Festival in June 2009.

"Reliquary is a work full of ideas, some moments of profound beauty and pathos, and some exquisite synthesising between the various art forms." Hilary Crampton, The Age, Australia.

A promotional DVD is available upon request.

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"Faisceau d'épingles de verre" (Ray of glass needles).

2004 - 2006

P: Media Arts is a young organisation devoted to research, creation and diffusion in media arts founded by Martin Renaud and myself in 2004. Faisceau d'épingles de verre was P's first project.

The research is based on Quebec surealist poet Claude Gauvreau's Faisceau d'épingles de verre, a text written in "exploreen", an automatist language that came from the subconscious and imagination of the author. This text gave us the opportunity to explore text-to-speech technologies in an artistic context.

Considered too complex to learn, Gauvreau's dramatic text was never performed before. The lack of semantics in his poetic text was balanced by a greater visual and sonic immersion of the audience. Attention was given to the development of sound spatialisation devices, set and scenic multi-channel video systems. The question of art typology is raised by this work which blends multi-disciplinary theater, performative audio art, performative visual art and contemporary dance.

Developed during a research residency at LANTISS and a production residency with Recto-Verso, the piece was presented on the 9, 10 & 11 February 2005 during the leading North American multidisciplinary festival: Le Mois Multi, organized by Recto-Verso production in Quebec.

A second version of the show oriented toward Butoh dance was developed during a residency at DanceHouse in March 2006 and presented on the 20-24 March 2006 in the context of the NextWave Festival.

A promotional DVD is also available upon request.

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Contemporary Dance and New Technologies

2004 - 2005

This project was developed in 2004-2005 with the Montreal-based dance company Corps Indice.

At the artistic level, the dancers developed a new gestural language that mixes traditional street dances with contemporary dance. These influences from regional Capoeira, dances from Bali and African folkloric dances challenged the frontality (inherited from Italian staging) that defines occidental shows by putting forward a three-dimensional language projected in an arena-like set up.

At the aesthetic level, the choregraphy is a postural study inspired by cubist masters (e.g.,Picasso) who exploded the human body offering multiple simultaneous views. This project was interested in exploring new technologies so as to allow the "real body", the "light body" and the "sound body" to interact. In order to reify that idea, I conceived a new type of contact sensors (see the hardware and software systems section above). This new captation device consists of a 6 meter wide circular carpet, an aquisition circuit (realized with Steeve Lebrasseur) and some data treatment software. Using that system, dancers can interact with sound and lights in an organic way without being physically distracted by the device (e.g., no flexsensors).

This project has been developped incrementaly within artistic residencies at the Modern Dance School of Montreal (Fall 2004), at La cite des Arts at LANTISS and UQAM (Summer 2005). It has been presented at UQAM and at the International Danse and New Technologies Symposium at the Centre des arts in Enghiens les bains (Paris, Fall 2005).

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Phylm

2003 - 2005

Interested in non-narrative, experimental cinema - cinema without camera - Phylm proposed a live audio-art/cinema performance in which sounds and images are generated and diffused in real time. A simple home-made device linked three film projectors with an audio generation system. This performance was presented in 2003 during the Vidéastes recherchés festival (La Bande Vidéo, Salle multi de Méduse, Québec, Canada) and commissioned by Antitube in 2004 (Salle Multi de Méduse, Québec, Canada).

Following the steps of the experimental film maker Anthony McCall (Light Describing A Cone), Phylm has also developed an immersive installation which explores the space between the film projector and the screen. This installation, entitled "Survie", was presented in 2004, during the fifth Manifestation Internationale de Vidéo et d'Art Électronique de Montréal (MIVAEM, Champ Libre, Canada) as well as in 2005 at the BétonSalon gallery (Paris).

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Music and Live Performance
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robonom

1998 - ongoing

Founded in 1998, robonom is an artist collective and geographically dispersed network of musicians and electronic devices (analog & digital), manufacturing sound installations and experimental music (IDM, electronica, ambiant, ...). robonom has done artistic residencies including Blockhaus DY10 and GMEA and has performed numerous concerts, exhibited several installations, and delivered workshops in various contexts.

Please visit robonom's web page for details on robonom's discography or browse the online MP3 label www.martialfunk.com to discover some of robonom's members' work.

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Samiland

It is in the north that the soundscapes and rhythms of the Canadian Millimetrik (a.k.a. Pascal Asselin) and the digital experiments of Monobor (a.k.a. Philippe Pasquier) met. Together, they offer the warmth of their compositions to brave the storms of Samiland in a continual interaction of experimental music, electronica and popular electronic music. Their tunes are usually made from sliced samples that are automatically re-sequenced using Pure-Data patches. Pure-Data is an open source MAX/MSP-like real time signal processing environment. Their sources are various, ranging from robonom's analogic sounds to Millimetrik's cymbals. Samiland has performed in various circunstances, including the electroacoustic event "Rien a voir" (Nothing to see) at the Montreal contemporary art museum and the Mutek electronic music festival.

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Events Organization and Curation
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Machines

2001 - 2004

Machines, abstract electronic sounds.

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MOCO 2015

2015

http://moco.iat.sfu.ca/



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ISEA 2015

2015

http://isea2015.org/
Symposium Director
Installations curated: Algorave, AV Disruption, Hakenai, Deepening Scenery, Emergence, and Soundwalks.
Full catalogue available at: http://isea2015.org/publications/art-catalogue/