Emergence & Convergence: An Eco-futuristic Contemplation


From June 24th to October 25th

Emergence & Convergence: An Eco-futuristic Contemplation at the PHI Centre

At a time when the future has to be reimagined and everything feels possible, PHI invites the public to observe the present moment with a new exhibition.

To mark the reopening of its spaces in Old Montreal, the PHI Centre presents Emergence & Convergence, a new summer exhibition from June 24th to October 25th featuring immersive installations by Quebec and international artists.

This exhibition is one of the key events of the DESTINATION: PHI programming, which includes many multidisciplinary initiatives (concerts, screenings, installations, etc.) offered in the physical and virtual creative spaces of PHI.

Emergence & Convergence brings together works that contemplate the space between the self, digital technology, the built environment, and the natural world. It focuses on the effects of confinement on our collective consciousness. How has this experience of hardship forced us to re-evaluate our priorities and values as a global community? How has it contributed to a renewed connection with nature? The works in this exhibition propose complex explorations of a future in which the fusion of nature and technology could become a new ecology.

“Emergence & Convergence is an invitation to immerse ourselves in an exhibition which investigates our humanity in relationship with our planet and all living beings. Following months of confinement, we are confronted with a chance to re-evaluate our values and consider how the future might reveal itself.”

– Phoebe Greenberg, founder and director of PHI


Seeking Stillness, Video installation
George Fok, Canada/Hong Kong
An immersive poem in three parts, via sounds and colours, where the performances and interventions break the fourth wall. Produced in 2020, Seeking Stillness is an exceptionally visceral experience, from which emanates a pursuit of solace, a meditative and therapeutic moment.

Cité Laboratoire, Installation, photography and drawing
Daniel Corbeil, Canada
Cité laboratoire is an installation that possesses the attributes of various visions of green architecture in the prototype stage, where a city skyscraper is designed to be an autonomous and self-sustaining organism, featuring vegetation that makes us dream of a lost paradise.

L’État des matières, Animations and digital prints
Katherine Melançon, Canada
Between still life and abstract composition, L’État de matières is a corpus of works that explores the digital manipulation of representative samples of a place. The captured images suggest altered states of these organic materials.

Domestic Landscape, Video
Sabrina Ratté, Canada
Music by Andrea-Jane Cornell
© Sabrina Ratté / ELLEPHANT
Domestic Landscape is a space with an ambiguous identity, living between architecture and landscape. Using a mixture of analog technologies and 3D animation techniques, the artist’s video portals guide the viewer to improbable places.

Alpenglow et Aurora, Inkjet print and projection
Sabrina Ratté, Canada
© Sabrina Ratté / ELLEPHANT
Alpenglow and Aurora is a diptych depicting utopian spaces where painterly textures meet with 3D perspectives. Through the use of reflective surfaces and fragmented windows, the iridescent magic-hour landscapes invade the room and become an intrinsic part of the architecture.

Alter Ego, Installation
Moritz Wehrmann, Germany
Presented with the support of the Goethe-Institut
Alter Ego is an experimental installation that questions the mental and mimetic relationship between two dialogue partners in an existential encounter. The installation uses mirrors and stroboscopic light to create a mental conflict of self-localization, a feeling of self-loss and of pure empathy at the same time.

Wunderkammer, Augmented reality
Olafur Eliasson, United Kingdom
Produced by Acute Art
Wunderkammer is an intriguing collection of natural elements and small works of art from the artist’s studio, presented in augmented reality. The objects in the collection meld the known with surprising movement and unexpected actions: from a glowing sun to a shimmering rainbow to a rainy cloud.

A Life in Flowers, Video and artificial intelligence
Armando Kirwin and Azuma Makoto, USA/Japan
Produced by Ryot, Artie, PHI, in collaboration with Headspace Studios.
Adapted from its original virtual reality format, A Life in Flowers is an interactive experience and artistic installation powered by the participant’s own voice. It invites the participants into an impressive installation featuring a projection that allows them to examine the harmony between flowers and human life.

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Reflecting the complexity of the soul and the possibilities of technology, PHI is both a starting point and a destination, driven by a movement that regenerates a multidimensional art. PHI invites the visitor to live their own odyssey, rich in encounters, inspirations and interrogations that sow the seeds of a lasting transformation.

With two new major exhibitions and many multidisciplinary initiatives to discover across the physical and virtual creative spaces of the PHI Centre and the PHI Foundation, the journey will be versatile and personal for everyone.

Founded and directed by Phoebe Greenberg and based in Montreal, Canada, PHI is a multidisciplinary organization positioned at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Offering a panoramic perspective of radical ideas focused on collective experience, social impact, and audience interactivity, PHI is committed to future generations of art consumption.

PHI consists of the PHI Centre, PHI Studio, artist-in-residence programs and PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, PHI fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences.

Image Credit: Sabrina Ratté, Aurora, 2018



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