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"Resonance, The Electromagnetic Bodies Project"
2005-04-16 until 0000-00-00
Montreal, QC, CA

Resonance, The Electromagnetic Bodies Project explores the nature of invisible yet discernible material forces and the impact of these vibrating energies on our environment and the human body. Resonance is an invitation for artists to create works in response to Nikola Tesla's pioneering concepts. Tesla's innovations were based on the principles of vibration and resonance in the fields of electricity and electromagnetism. Artists: Æ lab (Stéphane Claude and Gisèle Trudel), Jean-Pierre Aubé, Simone Jones, Marie-Jeanne Musiol, Paulette Phillips, Catherine Richards, Jocelyn Robert, David Tomas and Norman White.

An eccentric and a dreamer, Tesla encompassed in his persona the fragile frontier between knowledge and fiction, considering his body as a threshold of strange exchanges between the flux of stimuli modulating his perception and action. Echoing Tesla's concepts, the primary aim of this interdisciplinary collaboration is to consider the human body (and living organisms) simultaneously as source, transmitter, and point of resistance to electromagnetic waves. Resonance aims to extend the artistic and critical potential of these issues, and to demonstrate their mutability. It also celebrates the latest admission, in 2003, of Nikola Tesla's Archives into UNESCO's Memory of the World program. As its title suggests, the project intends, throughout its tour, to create rebounds, intensifications, and even contradictions, among a cumulative array of interpretations thanks to its co-curatorship and to invitations extended to other artists. After its launch in Montreal, the exhibition will tour the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany). Resonance will be shown between July and October 2005, at ZKM with Peter Weibel and Sabine Himmelsbach as co-curators. Conde Duque Medialab in Madrid (Spain) scheduled the exhibition of the project in November-December 2005. The exhibition of Resonance is confirmed for June-July 2006 at the Ludwig Museum (Budapest, Hungary) with Dr. Vera Baksa-Soos as co-curator - moving on to the Maison européenne de la photographie (Paris, France) in Fall 2006, with Jean-Luc Soret as co-curator. Additional venues and adjunct events are being negotiated.

Nina Czegledy Nina Czegledy, artist and independent curator, has collaborated on international projects, produced time based and digital works and has lead and participated in workshops, forums and festivals worldwide. Electromagnetic Bodies, Digitized Bodies, Virtual Spectacles and the Aurora projects reflect her art&science&technology interest. Canada Digital Culture map curator, exhibiting member of the Girls&Guns Collective and ICOLS. Member of Space Art Network (Leonardo), president of the Critical Media Knowledge Institute and chair of the Inter Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA).

Louise Provencher Independent curator, art critic and professor of philosophy. Director of Lieudit (CDD 3D). Electromagnetic Bodies is embedded in a long-term research in media/technology archeology, manifested in conferences and numerous texts published in magazines and catalogues and two projects for which she was curator : Porter le mur comme le masque de Michel Goulet and Montreal/Telegraph : the sound iconographer. Co-curator of the international colloquium Electre & Magnete on electromagnetism and the arts (UQAM 2003, OBORO 2004).

Paulette Phillips
© Phillips, 2004

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