Agit P.O.V. (Petits objets de vélo) is a microhacking project for bicycles, inspired by the POV optical effect or retinal persistence, the active propaganda practices of the Russian avant-garde (AGIT Prop) and Limor Fried’s SpokePOV project (LadyAda).
A modest circuit of 12 LEDs, a microcontroller and a battery attached to the spokes of a bicycle wheel, as well as the proper programming and energy of the cyclist, are enough to illuminate the street with poetic and political messages. Agit P.O.V. invites participants to a workshop and a mobile textual performance in the streets of our cities – those from Valcourt for the occasion. Our bicycles can thus carry a poetic and creative voice.
We can juxtapose passive surveillance with its counterpart : Active infiltration. In the manner of a peaceful and silent micro squadron or stealthy free agents, Agit P.O.V.‘s participative experience makes it possible to infiltrate public space and gives volunteer citizens back the means of expression that is not sufficiently valued. As bearers of a silent but proactive voice, the project’s participants are then the vehicles for transmitting new perspectives, which contribute to broadening our vision of the world.
At the same time, the artists have taken an interest in permaculture and sustainable development issues. They undertook to travel throughout the region to document local engineering initiatives. Their nomadic residence also led them to explore the issue of deforestation in Estrie versus Amazonia, and the associated human costs. The recipe for a “decolonized” soup – created in collaboration with Sherbrooke chef Catherine Migneault (Tournesols et tabliers) – as well as a prototype ceramic bowl, modelled from data extracted from a Peruvian copper mine in the open air, also testify to the artists’ investigation. Through a proactive posture, artists question their inclusion in an economic system, and its possible scope. The whole project thus positions itself as an initiative of quiet activism, presented to the public in the form of documentation that intertwines the process of factual research and artistic creation.
Satellite projects – creative residencies and works on the outskirts of the city
For the first time since EIM’s creation, Sporobole is forging links with three Eastern Townships regions on the outskirts of Sherbrooke: Saint-Camille, Compton, Valcourt and Mont-Mégantic. These partnerships took the form of in-situ creative residencies where artists are invited, in May, June and July, to design a creative project rooted in the community. With the occasional contribution of citizens in diverse ways and in connection with the projects, artists create pieces that put into perspective certain distinctive values that help to define these regions. Whether it is a question of mobility, precision agriculture, robotization of agri-food processes, landscape transformation or connected territories, the lines of thought that have given shape to the projects are the main threads that link artistic creation and the specificity of contexts together.
Each in its own way, these projects also bring together the concepts of connection, transmission, surveillance, capture, observation, infiltration and invasion, which are the reflexive cornerstones of this 5th edition of EIM.
Saint-Camille :: Isabelle Gagné (QC-CA) – Hektor (2019)
Compton :: Mériol Lehmann (QC-CA) – 308 lots (2019)
Valcourt :: Alexandre Castonguay (QC-CA) et Mariangela Aponte Núñez (CO) – Agit P.O.V. (2012-)
ASTROlab du Mont-Mégantic :: Jean-Pierre Aubé (QC-CA) – Du Mont-Mégantic aux exoplanètes (2019)