RAYMOND AUBIN

Artist in residency
October 2 to October 28, 2017

Raymond Aubin’s work is closely tied to his vision of the real world as a place of chaos and contingency. For Aubin, we, as human beings, use our invaluable energy and imagination to organize this disorder and create the various mythologies (religious, social, philosophical, scientific and artistic) that allow us to go about daily life in society.

During his residency at DAÏMÔN, Raymond Aubin will create a chaotic environment that the viewer will be able to organize through his or her actions, though only in an awkward, fragile and temporary manner. Using several Kinect sensors—motion-sensing cameras—Aubin invites viewers to interact with a video projected in the space.

When not being interacted with, the projection portrays fragments of a drawing that move and interact with each other randomly. Evolving within the active areas of the Kinect sensors, the shapes begin to organize themselves and return to a coherent structure. This process’s completion, however, depends on the viewer, who, through trial and error, figures out how to best organize the fragments and put the original drawing back together. But as soon as the viewer stops interacting with the installation, the projected shapes return to their initial chaotic state.

Through this process, Aubin aims to share both his vision of a world in ceaseless movement and the constant effort to organize it on the part of human beings.

 

Raymond Aubin is an artist working in art photography, video art and sound art. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions, notably at Maison de la culture de Longueuil, Ottawa-Gatineau’s Nuit blanche, Galerie Montcalm, Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, Voix visuelle artist-run centre, Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Art souterrain, in Montréal, and at Centre d’exposition Art-image. He has worked as an arts administrator for numerous organizations, notably as president of DAÏMÔN’s board of directors, and serves as Outaouais regional expert for the Service de l’intégration des arts à l’architecture du Québec. Aubin holds a BFA in art and design from Université du Québec en Outaouais and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland.

www.raymondaubin.ca