RIPA 2017

6th Edition – April 1&2, 2017

Performance Evening

Eastern Bloc
April 1, 2017

Alexandria Inkster (University of Calgary)
Alexis Langevin-Tétrault (UdeM)
Francisco Gonzalez-Rosas (Concordia) with Evan Magoni
François Rioux (UQAM). 
Gabriel Beck (Concordia), with Brice Noeser 
Isabella Leone & Lucy Earle & Leyla Sutherland (Concordia)
Mai Thi Bach-Ngoc Nguyen (ULaval)
Manoushka Larouche (UQAM)
Michael Martini & Callan Ponsford (Concordia)
and with k.g. Guttman, invited artist

Round Table

EV 3.760,
Concordia University
April 2, 2017

Panel 1: Social and Sexual Identities
Nadège Grebmeier-Forget (artist)

Panel 2: The Question of the Audience
Julia Eilers Smith (researcher, cultural organizer and exhibitions Manager, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art)

Panel 3: The relation between sound, image and gesture in the digital age
Martin Marier (lecturer in digital music (UdeM) and artist)


Maude Johnson – General coordination

Oriane Asselin Van Coppenolle – Programming

Émilie Poirier and Natalie Lauchlan – Coordination of the round table

Jade Boivin – Communications

Gabrielle Provost – Logistics

Kamissa Ma Koïta – Graphic design

Juliette Roiné – Finances

Pascal Seguel Reynolds – Technical support

Mariane Stratis – Documentation

Cyrus Khalatbari – Website


Service à la vie étudiante de l’UQAM
Département d’histoire de l’art de l’UQAM
Faculté des arts de l’UQAM
AEEHAUM – Université de Montréal
CÉLAT – Centre de recherche Cultures-Arts-Sociétés
Calgary Arts Development


L’Alchimiste Microbrasserie


Eastern Bloc (co-producer)

Artist Biographies

Alexandria Inkster

Alexandria Inkster mainly engages in making, devising, or living performance art in one or another of its numerous peculiar forms. Periodically, the output of her practice involves material collaborators such as sculpture-object- things that were either found or fabricated, or elements of installation. Through her practice, she explores relational shifts – material, interpersonal, psychological, and/or perceptual. Via conceptions of empathy, intimacy, play, and magical thinking, enacted and experienced in vulnerability and subversion, her research creation examines alternative ways to inhabit these shared and overlapping lifeworlds. 

Alexis Langevin-Tétrault 

Alexis Langevin-Tétrault is a Montreal-based composer and performance artist. He participated in the founding of various electroacoustic and electronic music projects such as QUADr, Falaises, BetaFeed, Alexeï Kawolski, and Recepteurz. His works are characterized by a meticulous conception of synthesis sounds, an exploration of the sound timbre, and a conceptual reflection. Through his practice, he seeks to demonstrate a re-enchanted, proactive vision of the contemporary world. He is interested in the sound and music embodiment strategies, the affects of sound, the rigour of micromontage and articulation, as well as in the space management as a component of musical discourse. 

Francisco Gonzalez-Rosas 

Francisco Gonzalez-Rosas is a Chilean performance and media artist. After obtaining a B.A. in Acting, his practice focused on combining theatre, video, and digital sources in solo shows as well as collective experiences with artists from different backgrounds Currently, his work sits at the intersection of sound, video, and performance, exploring questions around identity representation, gender, race, and sexuality; and moreover, how they are linked to technology and digital media. His work has been exhibited in Asia as well as North and South America.

François Rioux

François Rioux is interested, among other things, in practices that make the real so powerful. 

Gabriel Beck

Gabriel Beck elaborates his artistic approach by questioning the power relations that govern society, and especially those structuring the relationship to the artwork. What is the fourth wall if not a device which systematically imposes the object-to- subject relationship regardless of the nature of the artwork? How then to position oneself vis-à- vis a society that produces, since its industrialization, the “spectator subject” implicitly based on an exclusive gaze, which judges and consumes? At every moment, the conditions regulating the power relations in the perception of the work are questioned. Beck reveals, in his performances, a unique, collective governance in which its limits only depend on the participants.

with Brice Noeser

Brice Noeser works as a contemporary dance artist since 10 years. As he investigates the notion of language and sets acting devices, Noeser focuses on the exploration of the diverse forms of representation and the different roles he plays in dance, theatre, reflection seminars or performance projects.

Isabella Leone & Lucy Earle & Leyla Sutherland 

Isabella Leone, Lucy Earle, and Leyla Sutherland are creating work at the intersections of theatre, dance, and performance art. Their practice is guided by a focus on the experimentation of form and the performance event, as they play with weaving in qualities or characteristics of other disciplines into the realm of live arts. Leone, Earle, and Sutherland are interested in the dialogues that arise from the pairing of different disciplines of art and thought, asking the question of how to use the methodologies of a particular form to create another. Their process uses space and images as departure points, with a specific focus to visual composition. They work with a horizontal approach to design, language, movement, and character.

Mai Thi Bach-Ngoc Nguyen 

Through the installation of various objects and forced improvisation, themes of identity and ethnic duality always come to punctuate and nourish the performances of Quebec-Vietnamese artist Mai Thi Bach-Ngoc Nguyen. It is through a constant claim of the medium of performance that the artist throws a physical invitation to create a non-destructive poetry where metaphors and soul pains fit in. It could be accurate to describe art as one of the few ways that the visual poet found to transcend the dichotomy of her daily life and never-ending questions. 

Manoushka Larouche 

We could agree that Manoushka is constituted of two fictional individuals from the 19 th – century Eastern Europe literature – potentially from Ukraine – whose origin remains enigmatic. However, its formula is related to its context. Thereby, its nominal appearance can take the form of Manuška, Manuska, Manouchka, Manushka, Manouchka, Manoushka. What makes these variations analogous lies in its utterance: [manuska]. For practical purposes, we will stick to Eastern Europe – this place between the east and the west.

Michael Martini & Callan Ponsford 

Michael Martini and Callan Ponsford are two artists from different backgrounds: drawing and performance. Through their collaboration, they participate in each other’s research methods in pursuit of an artistic meeting ground. These methods include improvised drawing and performance in found spaces. In their research, Martini and Ponsford study intersections of their domains through relationships of the body to images, especially in producing images, such as in mark-making. In using their bodies in performance, they, as gay cis-male artists, put the male body forward as a subject.

k. g. Guttman, invited artist

k. g. Guttman is an artist, educator, and research candidate in the PhD Arts program of Leiden University and the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague, the Netherlands. Her work has received a SSHRC award, (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) to conduct artistic research that considers settler colonial discourse, choreographic practice, and site-specific interventions. From 2008 to 2013, k.g. was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Dance, at Concordia University.

July 20, 2020