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© Page couverture l Book cover, Fin de siècle, 2000.

Robin Dupuis, Pierre Fournier, Rémi Lacoste
From January 14th 1999 to February 20th 1999
Fin de siècle : Speed

Commissaire: François Dion

The third part of the Fin de siècle project focuses on the notion of time. The title refers to speed as it is imposed upon us by technology and its endless search for efficiency and performance. The contemporary art context does not make do with the too simplistic equation of "time=speed." The works presented in this exhibition account for the complex relations to time that mark contemporary artistic practices. "Speed" thus refers to the perception of time and the technological context that affects it, and to how this perception is translated in the context of today’s art. How do artists respond to the speeding-up and lack of time that characterize our era?

If the impact of technology on art raises the question of a certain "frame-up" governing our behaviourial patterns and of an increasing space contraction due to technological advances, the exhibition addresses a wider issue concerned with the "quality" of our relationship to things. Moreover it does not dismiss the notion of contemplation and vigil since "Speed" also evokes states of trance and abandonment.



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Robin Dupuis is a video artist and founding member of the collective "Perte de signal". His tapes have been presented in Québec and France, including the Montréal Festival international du nouveau cinéma et des nouveaux médias in 1998. He has contributed to the editing of several video productions by Québécois artists. He lives and works in Montréal.

Pierre Fournier is a sculptor and holds an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. His work has been shown mainly in France and Québec, including Galerie Christiane Chassay, Occurrence, Axe Néo-7 and Oboro. He is currently working on a major exhibition of his work at the University of Sherbrooke Gallery. Pierre Fournier lives and works in Montréal.

Rémi Lacoste recently graduated from Université de Montréal. In 1998 he produced a documentary entitled "Tekhnê" which was presented at the last Festival international du nouveau cinéma et des nouveaux médias. He is a founding member of the collective "Perte de signal" and also member of the organizing committee of the 7th and 8th Événement interuniversitaire de création vidéo. He lives and works in Montréal.

François Dion is a critic and a curator. He has worked with various cultural organizations in Montréal and is co-publisher of CUBE. He has organized, among other exhibitions, "Emprunts" (Galerie Vox) in 1995 and "Les présents relatifs" (Quartier Éphémère and Centre d’art contemporain de Rueil-Malmaison) in 1997. He is currently the director of Gallery 101 in Ottawa.


Bibliographie
- Lamarche, Bernard, «Branchés en direct», Le Devoir, 23-24 janvier 1999, p.B13.
- Miller, Marcus, «Speed Demons», Hour, vol. 7, no 4, 28 janvier – 2 février 1999, p.22.