For the inaugural National Media Arts Prize of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA)
The artist Jonathan Villeneuve is nominated for the National Award for Media Arts. This inaugural prize will be awarded in June by the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA AAMI) and aims to honor the Canadian artist who is making an exceptional contribution to the sector and shaping the future of media arts in Canada as well as encouraging innovation both nationally and internationally.
Congratulations Jonathan and good luck!
About Jonathan Villeneuve‘s work
My work attempts to define a space, frame a trajectory. I design scenes where the public is encouraged to move about, automaton-landscapes deployed in a dialogic exchange between nature and technology, where the predominance of one over the other seems inexistent. While the cadence of my assemblages indicates a planned orchestration, their whole organic movement renders the instability characteristic of living beings. Due to their scale, my works physically involve the spectator, calling upon a personal and embodied experience of the architecture as constructed environment. By creating moving beacons that demarcate possible trajectories, which change as time passes, I play with the notion of distance and proximity between the animated object and the sound it produces. The choice of materials, their spatial arrangement, and the aural dimension contribute to the scene’s development. Attracted by the movement and the various sounds produced by the automatic manipulation of the objects, the spectator is encouraged to move about the space, in order to discover the multiple viewpoints possible. Via a process of accumulation, the various articulated structures create a sound landscape that physically involves the spectator, immersing them in a poetic experience. Jonathan-villeneuve.com