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Manon De Pauw
From March 16th 2007 to April 21st 2007
L'atelier d'écriture

In the last few years I have been conducting an audio and video examination of the act of writing, of the physical and mental states that it brings about, its materiality and tone. What fascinates me is that such an introspective act can resonate in public space, and that it can be so prevalent in an artist’s everyday actions — not just the paperwork, but also its instrumentality in organizing one’s thoughts, in making sense of the bustling images and concepts. I firmly believe in the creative power of scribbling.

L’atelier d’écriture, or writing workshop, explores various ways of amplifying the gesture and of giving it poetic existence: audio capture, exercises in translation, drawing, performance, video-bricolage. Above all, it is a pretext for choreographed interaction with other artists. I first set the stage, providing a period of time, a camera, microphones, paper, pencils, a table, some chairs, and a guest for each of them. The latter come together in silence to create an ever-changing group work rendered on the screen. Throughout the session, the act of writing is transformed into line, drawing, collage, and audible rhythm. It is creative and destructive by turns. Physical attitudes reveal group levels of synchrony, complicity, tension, or confusion. The tabletop becomes a field to invest or to share, a sensitive zone of interactions between individuals and the community. On human, visual, and audio levels, anything can happen. These experiences demand a degree of concentration from participants, but can also afford intense pleasure, akin to that of children at play.
— Manon De Pauw

Saturday, March 24, 3 p.m.
Collective video performance
With : Alexis Bellavance, Manon De Pauw, Maggie Hallam, Michel Laforest, Patrick Mailloux, Billy Mavreas, Marie-Andrée Rho et Laurence Wegscheider.

This project began in the summer of 2006, at the Banff Centre, as part of a thematic residency titled Babel, Babble, Rabble : On Language and Art. My warmest thanks go to those who have participated up to now : Nancy Atakan, Marilyn Booth, Marna Bunnell, JR Carpenter, Paulo da Costa, Joey Dubuc, Simon Glass, Janice Gurney, Catherine Hamel, Rachelle Viader Knowles, Ernie Kroeger, Nate Larson, Laurel MacMillan, Michael Maranda, Billy Mavreas, Joni Murphy, Emilie O'Brien, Baco Ohama, Sylvia Ptak, Jen Rae, John Richey, Adriana Riquer, Nina Serebrianik, Ken Singer et Jessica Wyman.

I would also like to thank Patrick Mailloux, of the Banff Centre, and Yan Giguère from atelier Clark. L’atelier d’écriture received financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts.


Manon De Pauw’s work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions and video programs in Canada, Europe, and Latin America, including such venues as La Chambre Blanche, Expression, Dare-Dare, Théâtre La Chapelle, and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. She lives in Montreal, where she teaches at Concordia University.

www.manondepauw.com


Bibliographie
- Mavrikakis, Nicolas, «Art d’ici», Voir Montréal, 11-18 janvier 2007, p.42.
- Viau, René, «Chaudes, chaudes, les expositions…», Le Devoir, 20-21 janvier 2007, p.C7.
- Viau, René «Ateliers d’écriture», Le Devoir, 31 mars - 1 avril 2007, p.E3.