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Emmanuel Madan

Emmanuel Madan

area: Sound Art

Key Facts




Sound Art



recommending institution

freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL

time period

April 2014 - April 2014

When a code or a plan is executed, the result contains a fullness of detail much denser than that which was specifically intended. Madan’s work consists in bringing attention to these inadvertent attributes by organizing systems that allow some of their richness to be harvested by the listener/viewer. Through his work with the collective [The User] and in his solo practice, he applies this approach to the domains of language, information technology, and industrial design.
Born Vancouver, lives and works in Montréal.

Prizes and other distinctions
2010 Coincidence Engines Nominated for transmediale award
2006 Ondulation Nominated for the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Grand Prize
2005 Mika Taanila’s short film Optinen ääni based on music by [The User] wins First Prize in the National short films section at Tampere Film Festival
2004 Symphony for dot matrix printers Nominated for Nam June Paik Prize by Kunststiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany
2001 Symphony for dot matrix printers, First Prize, Performance section, FCMM festival Montréal QC
2000 Silophone, Honourable mention, Performance section, Festival Interférences CICV Belfort France
1999 Symphony, Honourable mention, Digital musics section, Prix Ars electronica Linz Austria
1998 Symphony, Telefilm Canada Prize, Best Canadian New Media work, FCMM Festival Montréal QC

Recent residencies
2013.1-12 Künstlerhaus Bethanien International Residency Programme, Berlin
2012.1 Wave Farm transmission arts residency, Acra NY (with Anna Friz)
2010.1 Usine C Montréal
2008.6 Usine C Montréal (with Alexander MacSween)
2008.1 MÉDUSE Québec (with Lucie Bazzo)
2006-7 PRIM Montréal (sound artist in residence)

Curatorial work and artistic direction

2009 SIMULCAST 2.0: Curated a series of radio art works broadcast on CHMA 106.9 FM in Sackville NB, in collaboration with the Ok.Quoi?! Contemporary Art Festival (Struts Gallery + Faucet Media Arts Centre)
2008 SIMULCAST 1.0b: Invited by Saskatoon’s PAVED Art + Media to conceive and curate a series of radio art works broadcast by the New York-based internet broadcaster free103point9.
2000-01 Silophone: Artistic direction, with [The User], of a major project around the abandoned Silo #5 grain
elevator in Montréal. This project combined the domains of music, architecture and web art.
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1998 Incredibly Soft Sounds: Invited by Ottawa’s Gallery 101 to develop and curate an exhibition of audio art exploring sounds on the threshold of audibility

Major professional presentations of work
c = an exhibition catalogue was produced

Lueurs installations and performances (Light source, sound system, software and electronics)
2014.6.6 Galerie Freiraum, MuseumsQuartier Vienna
2013.6.21-22 "RadioSinnen", Funkhaus Nalepastrasse, Berlin
2013.7.13-17 "Urban Flashes IV", LEAP, Berlin

Addendum to Coincidence Engines (Performance for clocks, metal surfaces and amplification)
2013.12.8 Kunstradio, ORF Ö1, Austrian state radio, Austria
2010.10.19 Quiet Cue, Berlin

Zwischenlaute: Hearing
(30 channel video installation)
2013.10.10-11.3 “Emmanuel Madan: zxx” Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Zwischenlaute: Briefing (28 channel audio composition)
2013.10.10-11.3 “Emmanuel Madan: zxx” Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Coincidence Engine One
(Sound installation, with [The User])
c 2011.6.14-7.13 "Transformer", Le 360, Béthune France
c 2010.2 Festival transmediale, Collegicum Hungaricum, Berlin
c 2009.3-9 santralistanbul, Istanbul
c 2008.9-10 PAVED Art Gallery, Saskatoon Canada

Coincidence Engine Two (Sound installation, with [The User])
2010.9 TodaysArt, The Hague
c 2010.2 Festival transmediale, Collegicum Hungaricum, Berlin
2008.9-10 PAVED Art Gallery, Saskatoon Canada

Quartet for dot matrix printer (Audiovisual installation, with [The User]
c 2012.9-2013.3 Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai
c 2012.7.19-9.22 “Liquid Archive”, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne Australia
c 2011.5.27-9.25 “Madde-Isik II” (Matière-Lumière 2), Borusan Müzik Evi, Istanbul
2004.9-10 "Nam June Paik Prize", Phoenixhalle, Dortmund Germany

Quartet for dot matrix printer audio (Quadraphonic sound recording installed in gallery space, with [The User])
c 2011.10.6-2012.1.3 La Triennale québécoise, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
2011.5.20-7.2 "Instruments for Free Space: [The User] & Xiaojing Jan", Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge Canada
2008.7.3-8.17 "Damn Your Eyes: the infinite dimension of sound", MOCCA, Toronto

Symphony for dot matrix printers
(Audio-visual performance for 14 dot matrix printers, 35 min, with [The User])
2010.9.24-25 TodaysArt, The Hague
2010.6.2 Mutek, Montréal
2004.1.21 Netmage Festival, Bologna
2001.11.08 Avanto Festival, Helsinki
2001.10.13 FCMM Festival Montréal
2001.6.29 format5 Festival, Parochialkirche Berlin
2001.2.23-24 Mois multi, Méduse Québec
2000.2 Festival EXIT, Créteil France
1999.11.06 Festival Atlantico 99 Lisbon
1999.10.29 Beursschouwburg Brussels
1999.10.22 Festival ROOT, HTBA Hull England
1999.10.05-07 ICA London
1999.9.24 Batofar Paris
1999.9.22 net_condition, ZKM Karlsruhe Germany
1999.9.09 Recombinant, Festival Ars electronica Linz Austria
1999.6.19 Festival Sónar Barcelona
1999.5.26-30 Théatre L’échangeur Bagnolet France
1998.12.11-12 Arts Court Theatre Ottawa
1998.10.30 Rencontres de musiques actuelles, Usine C Montréal
1998.10.20 Festival FCMM Montréal

Symphony for dot matrix printers: the office suite
(Sound installation, with [The User])
2001.3.30-5.12 "Orchestral Maneuvers", Wood Street Galleries Pittsburgh (USA)

performances (with [The User])
2004.3.19 Space, Pittsburgh
2003.10.18 kill your timid notion, Dundee Contemporary Arts Dundee Scotland
2003.10.13 FCMM Festival, SAT Montréal
2001.6.16 Silo #5, Montréal
2000.12.16 Festival Interférences, CICV Belfort (France)
2000.12.2, World Summit on the arts and culture, NAC Fourth Stage Ottawa
2000.9.15 Festival ACREQ Elektra, Usine C Montréal

installations (with [The User])
2000.11 to present Sonic observatory, Silo # 5 Montréal (permanent installation)
2002.4.19-21 Festival linkage, Western Front Vancouver
2001.9.25-10.7 "Emplacement Déplacement", New Museum of Contemporary Art New York
2001.9.25-10.8 The Kitchen New York
2000.10.6 Vitrine Silophone, SAT Montréal

FREEDOM HIGHWAY performances, installations, and radio broadcasts
2010.5.29 Radio Without Boundaries, Toronto
2009.7.17 Deutschlandradio Kultur, German state radio, Germany
2009.3 Aural Cinemas, eikones, Basel
2008.7-8 Damn Your Eyes, MOCCA, Toronto
2006 This City is a Radio, CFCR-FM, Saskatoon Canada
2005.6-2006.5 Art&D, Tour of 5 Maisons de la culture on the island of Montréal, Montréal
2005.7.31 festival garage, Stralsund Germany
2005.5.29 Deep Wireless, Drake Hotel, Toronto
2005.4.14 particle/wave PixelACHE Helsinki
2005.1.10 IAS Montpelier USA
2004.12.07 Free103 Radio New York
2004.11-2005.1 Jones Center, Austin
2004.9.11-25 SAT Montréal
2004.5.12 WKCR-FM, New York
2002.11.10 Kunstradio, ORF Ö1, Austrian state radio, Austria

Ondulation performances and installations (T. McIntosh, M. Hynninen, E. Madan)
2010.6-10 Madde-Isik (Matière-Lumière), Istanbul
2010.3-5 digitaLife, Museo d’arte contemporaneo Roma, Rome
2008.6.17-30 Le Volcan, Le Havre France
2007.10-2008.1 Vom Funken zum Pixel, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2007.6-9 Estuaire, Le Lieu unique, Nantes France
2007.4 DEAF, Rotterdam
2006.9-10 Happy New Ears, Kortrijk Belgium
2006.9 Francofffonies, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
2006.5-7 Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai
2006.4 Temporary installation, Nice France
2006.3-4 Festival EXIT, Maison des arts Créteil France
2006.3 Festival VIA, Le Manège, Scène nationale de Maubeuge France
2005.2-3 Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal
2004.3-4 Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh
2004.2 Mois multi, MÉDUSE Québec
2003.8-9 Helsinki Festival Helsinki
2002.11 Avanto Festival Helsinki

The Joy Channel performances and radio broadcasts(A. Friz, E. Madan)
2009.9.19 Festival ((audience)), Red House Arts Center, Syracuse
2008.5.11 Kunstradio, ORF Ö1, Austrian state radio, Austria
2007.10 Tesla Kubus, Berlin

installations and performances
2011.5 Sight&Sound Festival, Eastern bloc, Montréal
2010.5 Deep Wireless, Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto
2010.1 Temps d’images, Usine C Montréal
2008.6 Usine C Montréal (with Alexander MacSween)

Final vinyl performances
2008.2 Mois multi, MÉDUSE Québec

2003 Abandon (with [The User]), Asphodel, San Francisco
2002 Symphony #2 for dot matrix printers CD/EP (with [The User]), Staalplaat, Amsterdam/Berlin
2002 Symphony #2 for dot matrix printers CD/LP (with [The User]), Asphodel, San Francisco
1999 Symphony #1 for dot matrix printers 3” CD (with [The User]), Staalplaat, Amsterdam/Berlin
1998 Incredibly Soft Sounds, Productions électro Productions, Montréal

Film and video soundtracks
2006 Refuge, Alexandra Guité, digital video short footage
2005 Optinen ääni, Mika Taanila, 35mm short footage (with [The User])
1999 Serenade for Celibates, Tony Asimakopoulos, experimental 16mm film
1998 Undertow, Sarah Bachinski, experimental narrative 16mm film
1998 Mother’s day at the war show, Richard Sanders, documentary videotape on the subject of the global arms trade

Radio work
1992-present Radio broadcaster
1994-1996 Director of Canada’s only bilingual radio station (CHUO-FM, Ottawa)
1998 Consultant for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on the subject of Canadian music in emerging genres

1989-93 B.Mus. in electroacoustic composition, Université de Montréal
1987-88 Conservatoire de musique de Hull, studies in music theory and performance
1981-88 Studies in clarinet
1976-91 Studies in piano


Participating Artist in the upcoming exhibition „Connecting Sound Etc.“ at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL curated by Georg Weckwerth.

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