Stephanie Castonguay

Montréal, Qc.

Driven by experimentation, Castonguay investigates electronic circuitry as a physical process and phenomenon that leaves a palpable, audible trace. Her approach to sound and DIY electronics is playful, practical and organic: she disassembles and repurpose obsolete, barely audible machines to reveal the resonance, glitches and random sounds unexpectedly hidden within. Her work has been presented in Montreal and abroad, such as Perte de Signal, STEIM, Tsonami Arte Sonoro, and most recently at Festival Internacional de la Imagen and Athens Digital Arts Festival. She has performed in various festivals such as Sight & Sound, Ibrida Pluri II, Instruments Make Play, Code d’Accès, Mutek, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lux Magna and Suoni Per il Popolo. She is a member at Perte de Signal.

During the Studio Immersion Program, Stephanie worked from home due to COVID-19 . She

Re-purposed scanner heads from digitizers that have been reversed-engineered to be used freely as sound and visual interface. In the context of an experimental sound performance, the images of physical artefacts are being translated through those instruments, from the analog world into digital data.

During the residency, I intended to experiment with alternative visual displays in ways that resonates with my approach to sound matter, as tangible media, but also analogous to the way data is being captures by those devices. By dismantling repurposed LCD screens, I plan to create layers of dismantled LCD screens to reveal behind them, images captured from the scanners.

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