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DEGEM News – NEWS – FETA Prize in Sound Art 2017 winner announcement

Von: Juraj Kojs via cec conference
Datum: Tue, 26 Dec 2017 10:00:41 +0100
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December 26, 2017 in Miami, FL

FETA Prize in Sound Art

For Immediate Release

2294 NW 2nd Ave Miami FL 33127


contact: Paula Matthusen matthusen@fetafoundation.org

FETA Prize in Sound Art 2017 Awarded to Jean Piché and Patrick Saint-Denis

With 36 blind submissions from Canada, Chile and the US, Jean Piché and Patrick Saint-Denis were selected as the 2017 winners of the FETA Prize in Sound Art for their joint work Vertex.

The FETA Prize in Sound Art was established in 2013 to promote a broad range of contemporary American sound and installation arts. Through a two-stage blindfold evaluation process, the judges Terri Hron, Matthew Taylor and Scott Smallwood chose a small pool of finalists: Felipe Otondo’s Night Study #3, Nolan Lem’s Autonomous Sense Object, Myriam Bleau’s Stories of Mechanical Music, Patricia Alessandrini and Paul Stapleton’s Adagio Sans Quatuor and Jean Piché and Patrick Saint-Denis’s Vertex.

For the fifth edition of the prize, our honorable master judge Rodrigo Sigal selected the winning work Vertex by Jean Piché and Patrick Saint-Denis, who will receive a 1,000 USD monetary prize, presentation of Vertex at the Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Miami, FL and a spread on the FETA web.

About Vertex:
“Vertex is an audio-robotic performance created in 2013-2015 by Jean Piché and Patrick Saint-Denis. The project is based on an electromechanical device consisting of a 16 robotic loudspeaker array based on the principle of the Leslie speaker. Each speaker has a drive system to move it up, down and rotate along a vertical axis of around 3 meters high. The device is manipulated live through an assembly of custom software components.
Both kinetic sculpture and music interface, this augmented acousmonium influences directly on the audio composition. The matrix aspect of the device favours mass movements, textures and highlights a set of symbolic resonances close to mass phenomena observed in nature. The movement of bird murmurations and fish schools, or the complex behavior of mechanical energy dissipating in various media such as surface tension for example, are among the evocations due to the device’s physical appearance.” JP & PSD

About Patrick Saint-Dennis
Patrick Saint-Denis is a composer working mainly in sound art and interactive scenography. His works range from video installation to large scale robotized machinery. He performs regularly in Montreal and abroad either in concert, exhibition or dance format. He his course lecturer of audiovisual composition and physical computing at University of Montreal since 2010.

About Jean Piche:

Jean Piché is a composer, visual artist, software designer and professor from Montréal. His current practice meshes moving images and music in a hybrid form often dubbed video music. Beginning in the early 1970s, he was one of the first Canadians to explore emerging digital audio technologies. He has produced works in every genre of electroacoustics, from mixed-instrumental and acousmatic to live-electronics and sound installations. His work aims for poetic expression beyond any avowed formalism and has been described as confounding, colourful and virtuosic.

For additional information about Vertex, please visit: http://www.patricksaintdenis.com/past/vertex/

Read an interview with our last year’s winner Michael Boyd here:

For more information about the FETA prize in Sound Art, please visit our website: http://www.fetafoundation.org or contact Paula

Matthusen at matthusen@fetafoundation.org

With the support of Foundation of Emerging Technologies and Arts, Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Harold Golen Gallery and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.