Friday, November 17, 2023 at 7PM
Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa)
THE CLUSTERs is a dance performance that brings inorganic machines to life. It stages eight robotic dancers under the direction of an artist-performer. Each rhythm created by the moves of one robot is added to the others, gradually forming a complex musical space. Then, the infectious joy of this performance spreads to the audience, much like a virus.
Join us for a cocktail reception following the performance with artist Naoyuki Tanaka (NAO) and his collaborator Adelin Schweitzer, founder of laboratoires deletere.
Naoyuki Tanaka (NAO)
Naoyuki Tanaka, also known as NAO, defines himself as a Total Material Artist, referring to Total Martial Arts. Originally from Japan, he has lived in France since 1997. He graduated from the Aix-en-Provence School of Art in 2003 and has since worked with computer code, imagery and sound to create interactive multimedia performances. His visual and auditory universe aligns with a punk aesthetic. Since 2013, he has explored a practice built around a medium that has inspired him since childhood: robotics, prevalent in manga and 1980s films. His work oscillates between questions about society and reflections on daily life, offering a cynical perspective on contemporary society and engaging audiences in critical thinking about new technologies.
Born in 1978, Adelin Schweitzer lives and works in Marseille. He graduated from the Aix-en-Provence School of Art in 2004 and has since pursued an international career as an interdisciplinary artist at the intersection of immersive performances,
audiovisual experiments and new technologies. From Rimini Protokoll to Tinguely,
Marc Pauline from S.R.L and Stelarc, Schweitzer is part of an avant-garde tradition. Drawing from the realms of science fiction and cognitive science, the artist has, over time, shaped a unique prospective universe. In 2015, he founded deletere, a transmedia production and experimentation laboratory based in Marseille, where he continues his work as an associated artist, focusing on technological deceleration and experiential art.
deletere is an organization that produces and presents multimedia works and
performances that question the public's relationship with machines. Founded by Adelin Schweitzer in Marseille in 2003, deletere laboratories now house a production office, a shared workspace, a digital fabrication workshop and a sound experimentation studio. Established in the heart of the Belle de Mai, within the cultural centre Le Couvent, in 2017, deletere laboratories have become, in five years, a hub for transmedia artistic experiments related to the practice of digital arts.
Performance presented by SAW and the Embassy of France in Canada in association with Artengine