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Christof Migone
From November 6th 2010 to December 11th 2010
Disco Sec

Christof Migone, an author, university lecturer, curator and artist working in performance, video and sound experiments, presents Disco Sec, an exhibition that mirrors his multidisciplinary practice. Sculptures and light installations (re)appropriating various elements related to the musical field are accompanied by sound and textual pieces on the same theme. Migone relates that he is using citations as material and as method of fragmentation to sketch a portrait of a listening through his own music collection. The result is a "synoptic project", a "saturated jukebox of noisy bursts and silent ghosts".

The exhibition brings together a number of pieces which, although autonomous, form a coherent immersive environment when they are arranged in a given space. The version being presented at OPTICA includes Disco Sec—title piece of the project—a sound work where every track from 100 records of significance to the artist are reduced to their unmodified first and last seconds. This is a recurring strategy in Migone’s work, one he previously applied to literature in "La première phrase et le dernier mot" (Le Quartanier, 2004). Doubles and Single also explore creative chance through pseudo exquisite corpses: the lyrics of 12 double albums and 45 songs are placed in alphabetical order, with and without doublets respectively, and then printed on empty, plain white record covers. Such use of covers—deconstructed, along with the vinyl they contain, in Cut Cut—may bring to mind the close and sometimes mythical relationship between visual arts and music, connected through album booklets (as seen with Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, among others).

Migone’s installation brings out all the creative potential of the act of citing which, more than a mere tool, is elevated here to the status of a system. It is a sterling illustration of the adage that in all art there is an interplay between absorption (tradition) and transformation (innovation), a precept widely acknowledged both in literature—where "every text is a tissue of quotations" (Barthes)—and in music, with its countless arrangements, samplings, themes and variations, etc. Echoing all these intricacies, Disco Sec creates a bountiful and wide-ranging network of intermediality. It transforms the materials, texts and sounds it deconstructs into "memory-objects", as Migone describes them, which it is then up to viewers to (re)interpret.
- Geneviève Bédard

The list of songs from Doubles, Single and Disco Sec is available at :: www.christofmigone.com

In addition to his many artistic activities, Christof Migone is a lecturer at the University of Toronto. He is also the director of the Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga) and one of the founding members of Avatar (Quebec City). Since the fall of 2008, various elements of Disco Sec have been presented at Mercer Union and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), AxeNéo7 (Gatineau) and CCS Bard (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York). A publication was also issued by Ohm in 2009.