TRANSCENDARE: Responsive Art Systems
TRANSCENDARE is a bilingual monograph curated by Christine Redfern that delves indepth into the extraordinary universe of the artist Philomène Longpré. A world of heightened sensations, where captivating creatures projected onto responsive video membranes live in darkened spaces awaiting the presence of the visitors. The power of Longpré’s art comes from her ability to blur the boundaries between the virtual and the real, as well as the visceral reactions she provokes. Through 260 pages with selected full-colour images and insightful texts by leading international writers Kate Mondloch, Florence de Mèredieu, David Howes, Alison Syme, Isa Tousignant, Christine Redfern and from Philomène Longpré herself, this book gives a unique opportunity to explore Longpré’s genius and her astounding contribution to contemporary art.
There is an implicit politics at work in Longpré’s networked and embodied interfaces – a call to pay attention to our habits and desires in the age of intelligent machines and their avatars.
– Kate Mondloch, author of Screens: Viewing Media Art
Passionate, sensual and full of visual surprises, Longpré’s art systems have a considerable theatrical component. Her universe is designed to astound and seduce, through both its meticulous attention to detail and its sensuality: the image ‘bursts’ onto the screen and becomes a palpable presence.
– Florence de Mèredieu, author of Histoire matérielle et immatérielle de l’art moderne & contemporain
Alison Syme, Christine Redfern, David Howes, Florence de Mèredieu, Isa Tousignant, Kate Mondloch, Philomène Longpré
Limited Edition, 258 pages, 9 x 7.5 x 0.75 inches. 108 color illustrations.
Colette Tougas, Isabelle Glasberg, Josette Lanteigne, Nadine Lennox
Le Groupe Quadriscan Inc., Montreal
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, 2016, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 2016