31 soleils (Dawn Chorus)

Jean-Pierre Aubé

31 soleils (Dawn Chorus)

Conversations Montréal | Lyon — Galerie TATOR

Curators—Marthe Carrier and Chloé Grondeau

  • Exhibition
© Jean-Pierre Aubé—Photo : David Desaleux

Jean-Pierre Aubé’s interdisciplinary approach (sound performance, media art, installation, photography) employs scientific methods to collect data. Notably, he manufactures low frequency radio wave receivers (VLF) capable of recording the sounds of natural phenomena (electrical storms, aurora borealis, solar winds). The technique is transcended by a passion for the complexity of the material world, an inexhaustible source of inspiration and transformation of consciousness. A native of Kapuskasing, Ontario, Jean-Pierre Aubé lives and works in Montréal. He completed his studies in Sculpture and Photography at Concordia University and obtained a Master's degree in Visual Arts at UQAM. He has participated in several exhibitions and art events in Canada and abroad, including Serbia, Croatia and Italy. His work has been presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2017), during the opening days of the Venice Biennale and at RAM radioartmobile (Rome), curator Louise Déry / Galerie UQAM (Montreal, 2015), Expression (Saint-Hyacinthe, 2015), Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing, 2013), Canadian Center for Architecture (Montreal, 2012), Elektra (Montreal, 2012 and 2011), AXENÉO7 (Gatineau, 2010), Palais du Tau (Reims, 2008) and Ludwig Museum (Budapest, 2007).
Jean-Pierre Aubé



6 April 2018 to 26 May 2018

Created by Jean-Pierre Aubé, 31 soleils (Dawn chorus) is an installation composed of a video and a sound piece. Entirely immersive, it is the result of the observation of the sunrise coupled with the low frequencies emitted by radio waves at this precise moment of the day. Borrowing - as usual – from the scientific methods of data collection, the artist captures, for 31 days, these "energies" subject to the amplitude of the Earth's magnetic field. The appearances of the radio stations are thus recorded using a software, an antenna and a USB radio, then compiled into a database. Subsequently, for each day the software creates, what Jean-Pierre Aubé names an image / graphic that allows to "visualize" the variations of these waves induced by the sun.

The image of the diurnal star was captured by a solar telescope whose optics solely let in the red light, visual translation of its main component: hydrogen. Through the latter, the sun becomes monochrome and has the features of a formal apocalyptic object.


Philippe Allard – La Factatory
Jean-Pierre Aubé Tator
Thomas Bégin – Tator
Julie Favreau – La BF15
Isabelle Guimond – Néon
Noémi McComber – Néon
Tricia Middleton – Néon
Guillaume Adjutor Provost – Bikini 

Philippe Allard – La Factatory – du 15 mars au 4 avril 2018
Thomas Bégin – La Factatory – 
du 8 mars au 31 mars 2018
Julie Favreau – Moly Sabata – du 28 février au 31 mars 2018
Tricia Middleton – Néon – du 22 mars au 4 avril 2018

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: