Myriam Bleau is a composer, digital artist and performer based in Montreal. She creates audiovisual systems that go beyond the screen, such as sound installations and performance-specific musical interfaces. Her hybrid electronic practice investigates music performance as a codified cultural manifestation and recontextualizes pop culture elements and music history tropes. Her work has been presented and recognized internationally: MUTEK (CA+MX+JP), Prix Ars Electronica (AT), Sónar (ES+HK), Sonic Arts Award (IT), Elektra (CA), ISEA (CA), Transmediale (DE), ACT (KR), LABoral (ES).
Soft Revolvers is an audiovisual performance for 4 spinning tops built with clear acrylic by the artist. Each top is associated with an ‘instrument’ in an electronic music composition and the motion data collected by sensors – placed inside the tops – informs musical algorithms. With their large circular spinning bodies and their role as music playing devices, the interfaces strongly evoke turntables and DJ culture, hip hop and dance music. LEDs placed inside the tops illuminate the body of the objects in a precise counterpoint to the music, creating stunning spinning halos.
The work received an honorary mention from Ars Electronica PrixArs 2015, Digital Musics and Sound Art.
Myriam Bleau is part of the DIGI_CAMPUS project taking place at the Kyoto University for Art & Design on November 6. Her participation is made possible through the support of the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec.