Multidisciplinary artist from Quebec, Canada Nicolas Bernier
Electro-acustic, digital composition
Nicolas Bernier holds a PhD in sonic arts from the University of Huddersfield (UK). He is a member of Perte de signal, CIRMMT and Hexagram media arts research and development centres based in Montreal.
Montreal 2008, 2013, 2014, 2019; Barcelona 2017, 2018
At the core of Nicolas Bernier's research are questions concerned with the performance of electronic music and interdisciplinary work—which he nourishes by multiplying collaborative dialogues with the visual arts, dance, literature, and theatre. His research-creation is anchored mainly in sound, which he tackles in several forms: performance, installation, music concréte, live electronics, post-rock and noise improvisation, and video art. Within this eclecticism there is always the search for a balance between the cerebral and the sensual—the organic and the digital.
Frequencies (light quanta) is an installation of 100 aleatoric sound and light fragments generating tridimensional patterns by superimposing 100 transparent laser cut acrylic panels. Taking the quantum —the smallest measurable value of energy— as it´s conceptual basis, the project explores the metaphorical relationships between basic quantum physics principles applied to the audiovisual creative process: particles, probabilities, wave/particle duality and discontinuity. Structured around these notions, the audio-visual composition stems from 100 sound and light fragments that develop themselves organically, generating an ever expending but yet disruptive form in time and space.
Bernier presents his installation in Roca Barcelona Gallery within the framework of the Sculpted with Light & Sound cycle, promoted by MUTEK.ES x Roca Gallery, focused on exploring how the limits and the material possibilities of sound and light not only condition our perception of space, but also create spaces.
Presented with the support of the Embassy of Canada in Spain and the Bureau du Québec à Barcelone.