Stem
Réalisation et musique : Nelly-Eve Rajotte
Durée : 12 min.
2020

STEM, c’est la rencontre sensible entre la précarité de la survivance et la pérennité de la machine. Le dispositif trace un paysage improbable, il parcourt le territoire et se dirige à la rencontre de l’arbre-chimère. Il questionne la machine et sa capacité de correspondance poétique. Dans une traversée qui tend vers l’absolu, le passager ne touchera jamais le sol, il se glisse dans le paysage sensible au son de l’entrelacement des rumeurs du vent, des séquences polyphoniques des chœurs ainsi que du sombre frottement des cordes – tout cela issu de calculs algorithmiques (machine de Turing).

STEM is the sensitive encounter between the precariousness of survival and the sustainability of the machine. The device traces an unlikely landscape, it roams around the area and heads for the encounter with the tree chimera. It questions the machine and its capacity for poetic correspondence. In a crossing that tends towards the absolute, passengers will never touch the ground; they slip through the landscape sensitive to the sound of the intertwining of the murmurs of the wind, the polyphonic sequences of choirs and the dark scraping of strings – all this the result of algorithmic calculations (Turing machine).

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After a first bachelor’s degree in art history, Nelly-Ève Rajotte went for a second in visual and media arts at UQAM, followed by a master’s in 2006. Besides a number of exhibitions in Quebec—at the SAT, Fonderie Darling, Parisian Laundry, Occurrence,…


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After a first bachelor’s degree in art history, Nelly-Ève Rajotte went for a second in visual and media arts at UQAM, followed by a master’s in 2006. Besides a number of exhibitions in Quebec—at the SAT, Fonderie Darling, Parisian Laundry, Occurrence, Clark, and Oeil de Poisson, among several others—, her work has appeared in . Her work was shown at several venues in Canada (MUTEK, Antimatter Underground Film Festival, International Festival of Films of Art), as well as in many festivals around the world, International short film festival of Berlin and Official Selection Transmedial Berlin,(Germany), Otherworldly, Manchester UrbanScreens,(UK), EXiS2007,(Corea), Moscow International Film Festival and Finnish Contemporary Art Fair ,Taide08 .

Nelly-Ève Rajotte’s images in motion bear witness to a research centered on the concept of duality. Images are generally split or superimposed before melting again into another frame. The artist transforms the images she seizes, reducing them to their formal components, altering them through the modulation of captured lighting, compressing them at times into horizontal bands. A play on form progressively stretches across the surface of the screen, allowing us to follow the modification of the images colligated from reality by the artist. The original motif is at times indistinguishable by the eye, but retained by the memory, which brings us to the underlying process of metamorphosis. The image’s architecture is thus somewhat visible and the juxtaposed soundtrack follows a similar motion. Sound patches crackle or adopt a sinister tone, tracing a destabilizing perceptive journey and creating an accumulation of impressions. The artist utilizes different translations and succeeds in transporting images from one space to another – a perspective, a self-portrait, a train hall, a city…

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