For over a decade, award-winning artist Alexandre Burton has been producing artworks using digital technologies both on his own and as a member of the Montreal-based group, artificiel. Burton’s newest installation entitled IMPACTS – curated by DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art and presented at the Phi Centre – is no exception to the rule.
Tesla coils each fitted with a glass pane and suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition space make up the components of this “live” sculptural installation. The presence of the visitor before each sculptural device activates an audio and visual experience. The visitor’s proximity to the works engages arcs of electricity of variable intensities as well as a rhythmic articulation, generated by the impact of the electrical arc on the glass pane. In this way, Burton’s self description as a digital luthier makes complete sense.
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Artist and digital luthier, Alexandre Burton’s interest for new media technology stems from a desire to reveal new forms of expressivity through digital processes. His practice conveys an essential concern for the relationships created between audio, visual and somatic phenomenon. His works are regularly presented at international digital art and music festivals such as Sonar, Ars Electronica and Transmediale. In addition to his activities as part of the group, Artificiel; he collaborates with other artistic and cultural bodies as a consultant and technologies integrator.