AKA X [4]
22 AVRIL 2017

BCK (Fr),
Jean-François Blanquet (Fr),
Sascii (Fr),
Martin Tétreault (Ca) in duo with Anne-F
Valentina Vuksic (Ch).

Fourth step in Artkillart X tour, Brussels @ les ateliers clauss & rue de Senne and HS63 !
facilitated by phonotopy !

URL : Les Ateliers Clauss / Rue de Senne



Jean-François Blanquetcarries out a sound and visual search with the help of several processes such as the transmission/wave reception (radio, infrared, wifi) the electronic feedback and larsen (mixer + effects, computer, speaker + microphone), modified and appropriation of audio and video objects (circuit-bending), voice and cut-up (work on text, words and language). He seeks in noise and instability, an opening to an adventure of the senses. The body as central presence in the live act, he recycles and hijacks the technology which surround us, he develops process involving loops, larsens, re-injections of the signal and other chain reaction devices, surfing with luck for new adventure, a formulation occurs. Go forward without any hang ups, to an aesthetic of confusion! Acts alone or with poets, video makers and musicians, working with dance, theater, and involves in multidisciplinary projects.

Sascii : A visual artist at Dokidoki Studio (Paris) founded in 2001, DJ (aka Sascii), Sylvie Astié has conceived and designed the website which features original ringtones that commissioned from artists on the alternative electro scene. Büro collective (producer of alternative electronic music concerts), is also very much involved in the current visual arts scene, in digital video (Pokipoki project – cinetic videomix) and in an original approach to karaoke (« Orchestre vide »).

Martin Tétreault (1957, Québec, Canada) is an internationally-renowned Montreal DJ and improviser, originally came from the milieu of the visual arts. His path has been marked out by various productions on compact disc and live performances with a range of collaborators: Diane Labrosse, René Lussier, Jean Derome, Michel F. Côté, I8U, Otomo Yoshihide, Kevin Drumm, Xavier Charles, Ikue Mori, and many more. He has abandoned the musical citation that he had been using in his work since he began in 1985 and now explores the intrinsic qualities of the turntable: the sound of the motor, of interference, and so on. He also uses needles, prepared surfaces (with thanks to John Cage), and small electronic instruments.

The artistic and sound work of Anne-Françoise Jacques takes a variety of forms : performance, installation, interventions in unconventional spaces, soundtracks for animated films and radio creations. She is interested in various techniques of amplification, recording and sound reproduction as a means of altering, questioning and reapropriating our material environment. This approach has generated installations where simple machines produce sound through acoustic resonators, performances or mundane objects are extremely amplified and reproduction devices such as audio cassettes are modified to turn them into audio sources. The use of low technology, cheap objects and rough sounds is particularly appreciated.

Valentina VuksicZurich, Switzerland), 1974, media artist and software developer, engages with the physical foundations of technological systems by audifying computing environments. Her artistic activities since 2008 are encompassed by « Tripping Through Runtime » performances and settings. Since 2012, artistic research assistant for the ‘Computer Signals: Art and Biology in the Age of Digital Experimentation’ project by Hannes Rickli at Zurich University of the Arts.

BCK is the confrontation of a modular synthesis system and digitally saturated sinusoidal waves that merge together as powerful frequencies. From this encounter between voltage-controlled modulation and digital synthesis, BCK seeks to build an acoustic space whose structure emerges and stabilizes progressively, according to the interferences and interactions between the sonic waves that confront, add up, or neutralize each other.


photos by @fabonthemoon