In residence at La Factatory
Curators—Marthe Carrier and Chloé Grondeau
Conversations was initiated by curators Marthe Carrier and Chloé Grondeau and spearheaded by Galerie B-312 in Montréal. It has since become an avenue of exchange between Lyon and Montréal, with a particular emphasis on showcasing the local art scene in each city. Conversations presents a plurality of events and media in order to give artists at different stages of their careers a chance to show their work internationally. This transatlantic collaboration will have two iterations: in the spring of 2018 in Lyon and in the fall of 2018 in Montréal.- The dissemination on the international scene is an important issue for artists working in contemporary art. Through residencies, exhibitions and works presented in several places simultaneously, Conversations offers an incredible opportunity to showcase art-in-the-making within and across our borders. -Anchored in reciprocity, this project brings together several artists, curators and cultural workers around the same conversation about art. Montreal and Lyon, two territories historically linked by numerous exchanges. Conversations, a project proposing the occupation of the territory by art.
A place of diffusion dedicated to the art, design and architecture. Tator’s programming is deliberately oriented towards experimentation, in the sense that it conceives the exhibition as a project, a research or the highlighting of a process. It also privileges the notion of transversality, crossing practices and approaches intentionally. The gallery organizes five exhibitions per year in its space as well as projects outside the walls, in punctual frameworks, such as participation in regional cultural events: Fête des Lumières, Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Biennale ‘Musiques en scène’, Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, Biennale de l’architecture… as well as long-term projects such as the shared artistic garden l’Ilot d’Amaranthes of Emmanuel Louisgrand (Guillotière district, Lyon 7th quarter ), still standing today in the heart of the Mazagran square, or the Factatory (architect: Philippe Rizzotti), modular architecture housing workshops for artists and designers, installed on a landscaped path of the SNCF, acting as a sculpture park (Jean Macé district, Lyon 7th quarter)
The works of Thomas Bégin take the form of sound, kinetic and robotic installations made from obsolete audiovisual equipment, recovered musical instruments and electronic waste. His creative process questions various scientific, technical and artistic knowledge from which he develops strategies for the re-appropriation of conventional technologies. Through the activation of his devices, he initiates alternative discourses about these technological tools in the context of the artistic creation. More recently, he has dealt with several of his installations as types of sound "synthesizers" allowing both the production of sounds and noise, as well as the organization of these sounds inside dynamic structures emerging directly from the physical properties of the materials they are made of. His research thus explores different possibilities of sound composition from a plastic and technical mounting specific to sculpture.
Thomas Bégin lives and works in Montreal. His work has been presented through events and festivals in France, Mexico, Bulgaria, Germany, the United States, Québec and Canada. He has exhibited his work as solo exhibitions in several artist-run centres and galleries in Québec and Canada, including Eastern Block (Montréal, 2017-2012), Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, 2014), Fonderie Darling (Montréal, 2014), Sporobole (Sherbrooke, 2012), Manif d’art de Québec (2012), Lieu (Québec, 2009), Galerie B-312 (Montréal, 2006-2017), DARE-DARE (Montréal, 2003) and L’Écart (Rouyn-Noranda, 2003).
Conversations. Montréal / Lyon Conversations. Montréal | Lyon was made possible thanks to the Canada Arts Council, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the ministère des Relations internationales et de la Francophonie du Québec / Fonds Émérillon de coopération franco-québécoise and the l'Institut français / Ville de Lyon.