BetaLab1019 / 17.10.19 to 14.12.19

Exhibition from 22/11/2019 to 14/12/2019

Opening November 22, 2019 – 5 pm


Sporobole has the honour to welcome the artist Jean-Pierre Aubé for the BetaLab1019 in October and November 2019. This is the second phase of a research and creation project that began in April 2018 during the Interface: Art & Science residency where Aubé worked for a year with researchers from iREX, the Mont-Mégantic Observatory and the Astrolab in Mont-Mégantic National Park. A video work – Du Mont Mégantic aux exoplanètes – emerging from this context was created and presented at the Astrolab of national park of Mont-Mégantic in the summer of 2019 as part of the triennial EIM produced by Sporobole.

As part of this BetaLab, the artist will develop two other artistic proposals inspired by his residency. A sound immersion device for 16 loudspeakers will be installed in the main gallery and will allow the artist and his collaborators to develop a sound work evoking the research of the German physicist, astronomer, mathematician, musician and theologian Johannes Kepler. In 1619, he published the treatise Harmonices Mundi, in which he attributed a musical theme to the planets and expressed his convictions on the connections between the physical and spiritual worlds justified by mathematics, physics and astronomy. The second project to be developed there will use as its primary material the raw data collected by modern tools for observing the far reaches of the universe in search of exoplanets. This data will serve as the basis for the work, which will take the form of a video installation.

The work will be open to the public from November 22 to December 14, 2019.

Sporobole’s BetaLabs, which are on the frontier between the production residence and the broadcast testbed, allow artists to complete the development of certain projects and test their reception to the public. From events to forms closer to the gallery exhibition, BetaLab offers artists a flexible context conducive to experimentation and validation before an audience of often unfinished artistic proposals requiring various adjustments, test phases or feedback loops with visitors.