Fragile Vehicle – Hélène Matte – Canada

A video poetry about fragility and obsolescence Fragile Vehicle is about fragility and obsolescence of bodies, technologies and ideologies. It’s a kind of a Vanity painting by the artist Alexandre Fatta based on an old poem saved in extremis from a back of a drawer and titled, in French, Les Supports fragiles. It’s a call for beauty, a rejection of complacency and rigidity, a sour and sweet critique of consumer society. This videopoem laughs at nostalgia and pisses off totalitarian societies.

Hélène Matte is a poet who comes from the visual arts. She particularly deals with drawing and poetry as acts of presence . Author, organizer’s events and performance artist , her practice is interdisciplinary. She has to her credit several presentations in Europe, Canada and elsewhere in the Americas,of which the lastest are investments Festival Art Link to Stockholm (Sweden, April 2014 ) and the presentation of the poem action The fuel of life National Museum of Santiago, Chile ( June 2014 ) . In 2003 she made the CD of electro-acoustic poetry Chansons dégoulinantes et poèmes acculés au pied du mur (Dripped songs and Poems Backs to the Wall) as well as the multidisciplinary show of the same title . In 2005, her audio poems Lever du jour sur Kinshasa became a videographic project and was published by Planète Rebelle. In 2007, her show TRAVEL TRAVEL won the prize VIDERE. In 2008, she became the first champion of SLAM poetry of her region and participate in the provincial finals . Since, her work is presented on many stages and participates in international events . In 2009, she participated in the International Poetry Festival of Namur (Belgium) and present a performance at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec and at the Galerie Jean -François Meyer (Marseille, France). In 2010, she is active in the Spring of Poets of Quebec, Expoésie (Périgueux, France), and present at the festival Québec en toutes lettres a multimedia installation. In 2011, she was in the festivals Voix d’Amériques and Metropolis Blue and participates in a literary tour of Colombia. The same year, she began a PhD in Litterature , Performing arts and Screen in which she made her third stand-up show VI_DE_DI_EU , following by Les Robes. She is also working with community movement and school, introducing youth to many kind of poetry. Actually, her interdisciplinary project ZumTrobaR, is dedicated to the interpretation of Paul Zumthor’s text, with the multi-instrumentalist musician Michel Côté.

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