Jean-François Cantin is a Canadian pioneer in the media of video and light installation. “For more than twenty years, I have been interested in how image media – photography, film, video – condition our perception of reality. In my installations, I use mechanisms derived from image procedures that are situated as metaphors for perception and its psychic processes. With this approach, I make installations that operate on our perceptual mechanisms, formal processes that produce perceptual experiences. In my practice, the phenomenon of perception is at the heart of an ontological exploration: perception as a phenomenon that mediates the human being.” (Artist’s text.)
A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada’s production program, Michel Lemieux has been astounding audiences with the originality and scope of his creative output for over three decades. By 1984, an entire generation of artists in Quebec and around the globe had been impacted by his multidisciplinary show, Solide Salad. A creator, set designer, director, composer, performer and videographer, Lemieux continues to be at the forefront of the performing arts. With the production company Lemieux Pilon 4D Art, founded in 1990, he and Victor Pilon devise singular shows in which new technologies intensify the audience’s sensory and emotional experience. Their collaboration has yielded Dreamscapes, Icare, La Belle et la Bête, The Tempest and NORMAN. The duo also created the opera Starmania, TORUK – The First Flight and Continuum at the Montreal Planetarium. Lemieux and Pilon’s work has been presented internationally. Created in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchard, Cité Mémoire, an urban multimedia experience of Old Montreal, is their latest production.
Victor Pilon belongs to the first generation of multidisciplinary artists. Ever since his encounter with Michel Lemieux in 1990, these two intrepid artists have become masters at the art of integrating theatre, film, dance, poetry, visual arts and music to create unique experiences in live performance. This extraordinary duo devises large-scale productions such as TORUK and Delirium for Cirque du Soleil and the opera Starmania. Their recent output includes Dreamscapes, Icare, La Belle et la Bête, The Tempest and NORMAN. The duo also created Continuum at the Montreal Planetarium. With over 30 works to their credit, Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon have garnered acclaim in Canada, the United States, Europe, Latin America, Australia and Asia. Created in collaboration with Michel Marc Bouchard, Cité Mémoire, an urban multimedia experience of Old Montreal, is their latest production.
Translucide speaks to the Palais’ vocation as a place where people simultaneously pass through and come together, where points of view are shared and perceptions mingle. Inside the main glass façade, a hand and face evoke the connection between human senses and human thought. This piece was chosen during an arts and architecture competition held as part of the Palais’ expansion project.