November 26, 2019 - May 31, 2020
Nady Larchet and Stéphanie Nuckle
Our project will be presented mainly in the form of soundtracks and a series of interventions in the public space, with the possibility of public in situ presentations. During such events, we will discuss the project, show some artifacts and photo and sound archives.
The idea of limits, boundaries, to think outside the box interests us. We assume that in urban and rural areas, furniture imposes its utility. In theory, we have to sit on benches, follow roads and return to our house when we have nothing left to do. We want to create a performative, fun and off-road object that can give us the strength or resistance to explore our places differently.
Each of us is modifying an old expedition backpack. The modifications that we will give them will be used to carry a retractable stool equipped with an electronic recording system which will translate the physical environment in sounds in an abstract way, which could constitute the main trace of its deployments. With this performative object, we will perform in diptych a series of free interventions in the public space and in the "non-places" of our distinctive environments. (Nady in Beauce region and Stéphanie in Greater Montreal).
Through the construction and use of this object, we also attempt to observe the results of the mapping of various areas. For example, we chose to have an object (utilitarian and industrial) coexist with the public domain. In the construction of the device, it was also clear to us that this object would be mobile and portable, when in reality, a stool is made to be useful in a specific place. What does the encounter of these universes provoke or propose? Throughout our reflections and experiments, we have the instinct to associate elements with different connotations. These associations are brought together to create new spaces of reflection.
In addition to the idea of the stepladder, the shelter is very important to us. We want the object in question to serve as a safe haven in the public / natural space. We are at a place where we feel good? We can observe it from several points of view, tame it, live it, settle in it. We can deploy the stool or create a temporary shelter from it to invite people to sit and chat.
The object / stepladder / shelter will be able to testify of these courses, the environments where it was deployed, the people whom it met. We want this performative object to evolve with time and observations. A nomadic object, adaptable, utilitarian, but none of these at the same time.
Nady Larchet makes great use of new technologies and also makes her own machines that serve as tools or presentation devices. Sound is an important aspect of her research, as well as the technological contribution she uses and questions at the same time. It examines the notions of questioning and demonstrates the impact that certain social, political, economic, ecological and technological developments have on the human and his environment. In her recent work, she has been interested in the presence of waves, signals and particles in suspension in our environment, as well as the impacts they have on us, while at the same time looking at the responsibility of the human facing these invisible presences.
Interdisciplinary, Stéphanie Nuckle combines performative art, installation, drawing, printed art as well as methods of alteration and diversion of everyday objects. Originally from Laval, she has a particular sensitivity to the problems of the suburbs, the city and the development of art in her community. Her projects therefore focus on different types of human interactions with the territory, taking into account language, collective memory, environment, housing and cartography as subjects for research and experimentation. Between city and suburbs, this is through discrete interventions that she tries to activate the public space and "non-places", during the time needed for a walk, a route, or even an occupation.