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On the blank canvas, the first long charcoal stroke is given. It resonates in the room, raspy and dry. Another stroke follows, but this time the sound ends with a voluptuous electro-acoustic harmonic.

At this moment, we understand that this is not an ordinary canvas.

The subsurface of the canvas effectively transmits all the percussive intentions of the painter through his charcoal, his brush or his trowel. Each pictorial intervention is captured analogically by sound designer Frédéric Laurier. he samples them, filters them, distorts them and organizes them into cyclical sequences (loops). A rhythm is built.

Then painter Alec Stephani trowels a bold mark of paint which results in a low-frequency sound. So many trowel strokes, so many bass notes, so many pictorial tones, so many sound tones. Alec becomes a percussionist painter. He multiplies the musical-pictorial acts and literally plays with painting adding as many visual and musical elements.

Video designer Fred Trétout captures in high-resolution photos what is happening on the canevas. He isolates the lines and layers of colors to create three-dimensional layers which allows the viewer to dive into the very heart of the pictorial work. Fred plays with these isolated shapes like a digital sculptor and materializes them into various volumes in visual space. The immersive experience is intense. The viewer flies through the elements of the painting.

Traveling between layers of paint,

at the heart of pictorial creation.


The three artists interact under the influence of the work under construction.

The more the pictorial composition is constructed, the more the musical composition becomes complex. The rhythm of the two art forms is in interaction and synergy. With the video, a creative triangle is created, the source of which we lose as the performance progresses.

Even if the initial data comes from the canevas, the latter is gradually influenced by music and video. The concept of the relationship of “Low Tech” and “high-Tech ” can then be observed in action.


Like musicians in a jazz group who improvise on a theme, the three artists improvise according to the intentions and reactions of others. Listening and communication are essential. This is the key to synergy. During the performance and thanks to an intercommunication system, the three artists exchange their ideas and intentions. Their pleasure in creating and sometimes being surprised by what happens is palpable.

At the end of the performance, the canvas and the musical piece are available*.

*The canvas is transferred to a new false frame and the musical piece is lightly edited.


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