Tourmente (2015) is an interactive video installation created by Jean Dubois, an international recognised digital artist from Montréal, Canada. He has created a series of portraits from residents of central Montréal. These portraits reflect the diversity of people who live in any cosmopolitan city such as Auckland or Montréal.
Jean Dubois exhibition asks passersby to transform the facial reactions of the people on the screen by blowing into the microphone of their mobile phone. Depending on the intensity of exhaled breathe the displayed faces will be either be caressed by a gentle breeze or shocked by a violent gust of wind.
Digital Art Live (DAL) is the only permanent programme in New Zealand showcasing interactive art. In 2014, the DAL programme was presented in Montréal as part of the International Marketplace for Digital Art. Exhibiting the Canadian digital art work Tourmente in Auckland will further develop the relationship between digital artists in Canada and New Zealand.
Tourmente was developed through the support of Université du Québec à Montréal, Fonds recherche du Québec – Société et Culture and hexagram.uqam.ca
Jean Dubois lives and works in Montréal (Canada). His artistic practice and research crisscross both poetically and critically between digital devices, random structures, intersubjective reflections, textual imagery and in situ approaches. He teaches at the Université du Québec à Montréal’s École des arts visuels et médiatiques, where he is vice-dean for research and creation in the Faculty of Arts. He is also a founding member of Hexagram – International Network Dedicated to Research-Creation in Media Arts and chairs the board of Vox – Centre de l’image contemporaine. His work and his communications have been presented at a number of international events and renowned institutions in Canada and abroad. Among others, his artworks have been shown at Le Fresnoy – Studio national d’art contemporain (France); International Cyber Art Festival (Russia); Biennale de Montréal (Canada); Incheon International Digital Art Festival (South Korea); Experimenta – International Biennial of Media Art (Australia); eARTS BEYOND, Shanghai International Gallery Exhibition of Media Arts (China) …
More info on colab.aut.ac.nz/dal/exhibitions/tourmente/