Friday, June 19th, 2020
The (in)visible Choir is an experimental performance based on the sonification of light frequencies and video feedback. During my night walks, I noticed that despite being closed down, stores kept their signs on at night. I made recordings of their window displays, this night-time choir that produced rhythms, pulsations and oscillations. In these times of uncertainty, these became a representation of this weird state between denial and hope. Using the feedback generated by surveillance cameras, monitors and a DIY video mixer, I wanted to create the feeling of a psychedelic journey, cultivating the idea of transformation, through the manipulation of electrical matter, but also through the images of objects that seem to dissolve into their own feedback loops. Presented as part of STREAM ON, a project by MUTEK, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Driven by experimentation, Castonguay investigates electronic audio circuitry as a physical process and phenomenon that leaves a palpable, audible trace. Her approach to sound and DIY electronics is playful, practical and organic: she disassembles and re-purposes small, obsolete, barely audible machines to reveal the resonance, glitches and random sounds unexpectedly hidden within. Her work has been presented in Montreal and abroad, such as the Festival International Montréal/Nouvelles Musiques, Biennale Internationale d'Art Numérique, Perte de Signal, Eastern Bloc, Fondation Molinari, Centre Fokal (HT), STEIM (NL). She has performed in various festivals such as Sight & Sound, PirateBlocRadio, Ibrida Pluri II, Printemps Numériques, Metarythmes, Instruments Make Play (NL), Tsonami Sound Art Festival (CL), Mutek and most recently for Amplify at Espacio Fondación Telefónica in Lima (PE). She is a member of the artist center Perte de Signal.+ info