Charles Binamé, Réaction 26, 1971.


Screening presented as part of the exhibition Magnetic Sequences

February 13, 2020 - 7 PM

Presented at Dazibao

5455 avenue de Gaspé espace 109, Montréal, QC H2T 3B3


Presented as part of the exhibition Magnetic Sequences, co organized by Artexte and Vidéographe, this program highlights the often hypnotic nature of video art from the 1970s. Binamé and Boyer exploit the pure abstraction of the video signal through feedback in crazy and fragile forms. Like Boyer with his boyétizeur, Razutis developed his own tools – synthesizer and optical printer – to create film/video hybrids. He also offers us, in a way similar to that of Rahn, a delirium of colors that transcend reality. Finally, Martin indulges in a slow degradation of the image by re-recording, dissolving a dancer into pure disembodied movement.


Charles Binamé

After a career in documentary film and then advertising, Charles Binamé’s work is now devoted to directing feature films and fiction series. In 1991, he directed his first film, Un autre homme, followed by the series Blanche, after which came C’était le 12 du 12 et Chili avait les blues et Eldorado. In 2006, he received the Jutra prize for best documentary for Gilles Carles ou l’indomptable imaginaire. In 2007, he filmed Le piège américain, starring Rémy Girard as the famous criminal Lucien Rivard. His award-winning films and series have been presented at several numerous international festivals.


Richard Martin

Composer and performer Richard Martin began his studies at the University of Montreal in 1965. At the end of the 60’s, he discovered the musical works of John Cage and moved to the United States to pursue studies with Alvin Lucier. Together with Robert Ashley and Pauline Oliveros, all students of Mills College in Oakland, California, Martin discovered the potential of video in the early seventies. During this period, his work was mostly concerned with the environment. In 1972, he returned to Montreal where he experienced difficulty reintegrating himself into the music faculty of the Université de Montréal. He then became in charge of the audio-visual department at the Cegep du Vieux Montréal.


David Rahn

Artist David Rahn has been involved with Vidéographe, Véhicule Art (Montreal) and A Space (Toronto). He is one of the co-founders of PRIM (1981) with Robert Morin and Roisin Mooney. He worked with marshalore and Jean-Pierre Boyer, among others. He was mainly interested in video image processing.


Jean-Pierre Boyer

A Quebec pioneer of experimental video and inventor of the ‘Boyétizeur Anamorphique’ (1974), Jean-Pierre Boyer was an associate professor at the École des médias at l’UQÀM, where he taught for more than 20 years. As a researcher and co-founder of the Centre de recherche en imagerie populaire (CRIP-UQÀM), he is also interested in iconographic and discursive production within social movements in Quebec and around the world. As an artist-citizen, he has produced several experimental video works and documentaries (1972-2002), has been involved in defending political prisoners and civil liberties in Quebec (Mémoire d’octobre, 1979), and has created an interactive ‘shamanic’ video sculpture entitled Totem d’humanité (2002). In the autumn of 2013, a retrospective of his works was held at the Cinémathèque québécoise.


Al Razutis

Al Razutis is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and innovator in motion-picture film and video, holographic art and technologies, stereoscopic 3D video art, and digital graphics for websites and interactive 3D animation.

Educated in physics and chemistry, he artistic research and applied techniques span five decades.

His avant-garde films continue to be presented internationally and are the subject of several publications and interviews.