Frequencies (Light Quanta)
Frequencies (Light Quanta), is a work by interdisciplinary artist Nicolas Bernier. Developed during his residency at the Sound LAB at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, the work was short-listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize (international). Drawn into the unfamiliar world of quantum physics and particles, Bernier began to explore the quantum — the smallest measurable value of energy. Using sound and light this work is intended as a poetic reading of the strange, infinitesimal world of particles, probabilities, wave/particle duality and discontinuity. Bernier's sound composition relies on the use of micro sounds and “clicks”; the shortest audible sound that a human ear is capable of perceiving. The installation contains 100 sound and light fragments that develop in an aleatoric way, generating ever expanding and disruptive forms that affect the viewer's perception of time and space.
Nicolas Bernier was born in Ottawa and currently lives in Montréal. He creates audio visual installations, performances, musique concrète, live electronic improvisations and video art while also working with dance, theatre, moving images and within interdisciplinary contexts. For more than a decade, sound has been core to Nicolas Bernier’s practice. His experimentation with the Frequencies cycle of works lasted for about 8 years and earned him the prestigious Golden Nica for Digital Music & Sound Art at Prix Arts Electronica (2013). His work has been exhibited and performed throughout Canada and around the world at such places as SONAR (Spain), Mutek (Canada + Tokyo + Barcelona), Elektra (Canada), Transmediale (Germany), LABoral (Spain), BIMESP (Brazil). His sound compositions are widely published on electronic music labels: Crónica (Portugal), LINE (US), leerraum (Switzerland), Entr’acte (UK) and empreintes DIGITALes(Québec). He holds a PhD in sonic arts from the University of Huddersfield (UK). He is a member of Perte de signal, CIRMMTand Hexagram media arts research and development centres, Montreal. He teaches in the Digital Music program of the Université de Montréal.