Jonathan Villeneuve

 

My work attempts to define a space, frame a trajectory. I design scenes where the public is encouraged to move about, automaton-landscapes deployed in a dialogic exchange between nature and technology, where the predominance of one over the other seems inexistent. While the cadence of my assemblages indicates a planned orchestration, their whole organic movement renders the instability characteristic of living beings. Due to their scale, my works physically involve the spectator, calling upon a personal and embodied experience of the architecture as constructed environment.


By creating moving beacons that demarcate possible trajectories, which change as time passes, I play with the notion of distance and proximity between the animated object and the sound it produces. The choice of materials, their spatial arrangement, and the aural dimension contribute to the scene's development. Attracted by the movement and the various sounds produced by the automatic manipulation of the objects, the spectator is encouraged to move about the space, in order to discover the multiple viewpoints possible. Via a process of accumulation, the various articulated structures create a sound landscape that physically involves the spectator, immersing them in a poetic experience.

 

Education

2006-2009 : MFA Studio Arts, Open-Media, Concordia University.
2001-2004 : BFA, UQÀM

Solo Exhibitions

2015 : L'oeil de Poisson, Québec, QC, Canada.
2015 : Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB, Canada.
2014 : Atelier Belleville, Montréal, QC, Canada. Two Strokes Machine
2013 : Oboro, Montreal, QC, Canada. Well Framed
2012 : Gallery B-312, Montreal, QC, Canada. Do the Wave
2012 : Grunt Gallery, Vancouvert, BC, Canada. Do the Wave
2012 : Galerie d'art du centre culturel de l'Universsité de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. Wavelength
2011 : Eastern Edge, St-John, NF, Canada. Wavelength
2011 : Chambre Blanche, Québec, QC, Canada. Along Highway 20 / Going by the 15
2011 : Espace Virtuel, Chicoutimi, QC, Canada. Do the Wave
2010 : Gallerie Sans Nom, Moncton, NB, Canada. Mass Movement
2009 : Musée d'Art Contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérôme, QC, Canada. Do the Wave
2008 : Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal, QC, Canada. Trace

Public art

2015 : Quebec Multifunctionnal Amphitheatre, Québec, Canada, Le grand bleu du Nord, Interactive light installation / permanent
2011 : Quebec Circus School, Québec, Canada - Organicus : Interactive light installation / permanent

Group Exhibitions

2015 : KunstKraftWerk, Leipzig, Germany, Mass Movement
2014 : Thing World : International Triennial of New Media Art, Curator : Zhang Ga, Nationnal Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
2013 : Fabriquer l'improbable, Curators Dominique Allard, Véronique Leblanc, Est-Nord-Est, St-Jean-Port-Joli, Qc, Canada.
2012 : Centre d'exposition de Rouyn-Noranda, Rouyn-Noranda, Canada
2012 : Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville, Serenade
2012 : Centre nationale d'exposition de Jonquière, Jonquière, Canada, Mass Movement
2012 : Centre d'exposition d'Amos, Amos, Canada, Mass Movement
2011 : Centre d'exposition Raymond-Lasnier, Trois-Rivière, Canada, Mass Movement
2009 : Lab-30, Augsburg, Germany. Trace L
2008 : 404 Festival, Trieste, Italy. Trace L
2007 : Galerie Expression, St-Hyacinthe, Canada. TraceV / Abysse
2007 : Alucine Festival / Galerie 1313, Toronto, Canada. Trace L
2007 : Musée d'Art Contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérôme, Canada. Trace L
2005 : Piksel Festival/ HKS (Hordaland Kunst Center), Bergen, Norway. Travel Agent
2005 : Printemps Plein temps 05 / Galerie de L'UQAM, Montréal, Canada. Cube
2004 : Paramètre 2004 / Galerie de l'UQAM, Montréal, Canada. La Station
2003 : Paramètre 2003 / Galerie de l'UQAM, Montréal, Canada. Reflexion

Performances

2014 : Atelier Belleville, Montréal, QC, Canada. Two Strokes Machine
2009 : Athens Video Festival, Athens, Grece. Grace State Machines
2008 : Carte blanche @ Elektra, Maison des métallos, Paris, France. Grace State Machines
2008 : 404 festival, Trieste, Italy. Grace State Machines
2007 : Subtle Technologies festival, Toronto, Canada. Grace States Machines
2005 : Piksel festival / HKS (Hordaland Kunst Center), Bergen, Norway. Drone

Residencies


2015 : HIAP (Helsinki International Artists Programme), Suomenlinna, Finland
2014 : National Music Museum (NMC), Calgary, AB, Canada
2013 : Est-Nord-Est, Fabriquer l'improbable, commissaires Dominique Allard, Véronique Leblanc, St-Jean-Port-Joli, Qc, Canada.
2012 : Avatar, Québec, Canada
2011 : Chambre Blanche, Québec, Canada.
2005 : BEK (Bergen Electronic Kunst Center), Bergen, Norway.

Grant & Distinctions

2012 : Research and Production Grants, Canada Council for the Arts
2011 : Development grants - Research and creation, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2010 : Development grants - Research and creation, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
2010 : Short listed for the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, Concordia University
2010 : Research and Production Grants, Canada Council for the Arts
2008 : Lauréat du concours Jeunes artistes en arts visuels des Laurentides.
2007 : Research and Production Grants, Canada Council for the Arts
2006 : Tuition Remission Fees Award. Concordia University
2005 : Robert Wolf Grant, Printemps plein temps 05 / Galerie de l'UQÀM, for the video installation Cube.
2004 : Discreet Logic Grant, Paramètre 2004 / Galerie de l'UQÀM, for the video installation La Station.
2003 : Mention, Paramètre 2003 / Galerie de l'UQÀM, for the video installation Réflexion.

Professional Experience in the Arts

2012-2014 : Board member at RCAAQ
2011-2014 : Board member at La Chambre Blanche
2010 : Teaching at the Visual Arts Faculty, University of Ottawa, ART4929 / Sculpture Media
2008- 2009 : Board member of CQAM (Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques).
2007- 2012 : Board member at Perte de signal.
2008 : Teaching assistant for Éric Raymond, AVM3301: interactivité, ubiquité et virtualité, UQÀM.
2008 : Teaching assistant for Peter Flemming, IMCA 320: Interactivity Studio in Electronic Arts, Concordia.
2006-2008 : Research assistant de Bill Vorn, Concordia University.
2004-2006 : HEXAGRAM UQAM research-creation institute in media art
2005 : Teach. assist. for Gysele Trudel, AVM2300 Conception et modélisation en imagerie de synthèse UQÀM.

Artist talk

2015 : KIKK, Namur, Belgium
2013 : Oboro, Montreal, QC, Canada.
2012 : Gallery B-312, Montreal, QC, Canada.
2011 : Eastern Edge Gallery, St-John's, NL, Canada
2011 : Centre d'exposition Raymond Lasnier, Trois-Rivières, Canada
2010 : Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton, NB, Canada
2010 : Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
2009 : Athens Video Festival, Athens, Greece
2008 : Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
2007 : Festival Subtle Technologies, Toronto, Canada.
2005 : UQÀM Gallery, Montreal, Canada.

Press

2015 : Gauntlet / Calgary : january 15th 2015 - Damaged instruments make beautiful music, INGRAM, Liv
2014 : Le Devoir / Montréal : may 10th 2014- p.: E1 - Concerts de proximité, CHARRON, Marie-Ève
2013 : Le Devoir / Montreal : October 20th 2013 - p.: E9 - Choréographie aérienne, Marie-Ève Charron
2013 : ESSE, arts + opinion: #177, Hiver 2013 - p.: 74 - Compte rendu : Faire la Vague, Galerie B-312, Dominique Allard
2012 : Le Devoir / Montreal : December 1st 2012 - p.: E5 - De mouvements réglés à ceux, troubles, de la mémoire, Marie-Ève Charron
2012 : Canadian Art : Online, October 6th 2012- Sound Waves, Microscopes Bring Science-Fair to Grunt Gallery - Ashley McLellan
2012 : Straight / Vancouver : September 21th 2012 - Villeneuve and Khang, take on complex themes at Grunt Gallery, Robin Laurence
2012 : La Tribune / Sherbrooke : 7 juin 2012 - p.: A5 - Poétiques Machines de Bois, Karine Tremblay
2012 : Inter - Art actuel : #110, spring 2012 - p.: 91,92 - En bordure d'autoroute - Nathalie Bachand
2011 : The Telegram / St-John's : April 29thl 2011 - p.:B1 - Carving Space - Craig Francis Power
2011 : CBC Radio / St-John's, NF : April 30th 2011 - WeekendArts Magazine
2011 : Le Soleil / Québec : March 21th 2011 - p.:35 - Mécanismes poétiques - Josiannes Desloges
2011 : Voir - Saguenay / Alma : February 3rd 2011 - p.:10 - L'espace d'un instant - Barbara Garant
2010 : Guerilla / Ottawa : Issue #24, June 2010 - p.: 9,10 - Cultural Metropolis Montreal - Tony Martins
2009 : ETC - Revue de l'art actuel : #86, June-August 2009 - p.: 46,47 - Entangled Technologies - Valérie Lamontagnee