The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal presents La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux, an exhibition that brings together over thirty artists from Montréal and its surroundings.

Join Curator Mark Lanctot on a virtual walk-through of the exhibition, a small taste of what awaits you upon your visit!

This exhibition was assembled along an open thematic framework that stems from an interest in how language is inscribed in bodies, gestures, and materials. More specifically, we sought to explore how objects and techniques used by this “embodied language” can act as interfaces, allowing for the transmission of affects and knowledge between individuals and time periods.

These ideas evolved considerably over the course of our research. Their terms were re-oriented and sharpened by our numerous meetings with artists and a variety of other actors. Our research allowed us to carve out subsets of conversations and convergences from the field of artistic practices we were looking at. These subsets follow their own logic, which we attempt to echo and underscore in the exhibition, publication, and related public programs.

– The curators, Mark Lanctôt and François LeTourneux

Artists : Vikky Alexander, Trevor Baird, Thomas Bégin, Simon Belleau, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Sandeep Bhagwati, Jacques Bilodeau, Rosika Desnoyers, Mara Eagle, Surabhi Ghosh, Carla Hemlock, Kristan Horton, Sheena Hoszko, Isuma, Kelly Jazvac, Suzanne Kite, Moridja Kitenge Banza, Karen Kraven, Marlon Kroll, Nicolas Lachance, Yen-Chao Lin, Anne Low, Luanne Martineau, Manuel Mathieu, N.E. Thing Co, Jérôme Nadeau, Isabelle Pauwels, Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Walter Scott, Erin Shirreff, Eve Tagny, Samuel Walker, Nico Williams, Thea Yabut

Presented in collaboration with the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), chorus, talk through life is a film program conceived by academic, writer and independent curator Ronald Rose-Antoinette as part of the exhibition La machine qui enseignait des airs aux oiseaux, which brings together some 30 artists and collectives and is being featured at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal until April 25, 2021. Mr. Rose-Antoinette will be the subject of a Carte blanche presentation as part of the 39th edition of FIFA. Information to follow at

With a podcast series organised by guest curator, Daisy Desrosiers.

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication including: an essay by Krista Lynes, short texts by Nicole Brossard, Marie-Andrée Gill, Rawi Hage, Symon Henry, Joana Joachim, Michael Nardone, Madeleine Thien, Maude Veilleux, Jacob Wren, and a reader edited by Raymond Boisjoly comprised of excerpts of texts by Maya Deren, Jeanne Favret-Saada, Branden Hookway, Alfred Jarry, Catherine Malabou,  Ferdinand de Saussure and Michel Serres.


Commissarié par: Mark Lanctôt and François LeTourneux

Tune in with artists from the exhibition talking about their work and the works that inspire them in this podcast series organised and hosted by independant curator, Daisy Desrosiers!

 This project follows a narrative shaped by the choices of participating artists. A first artist was interviewed by the curator about his own work and that of one or two other artists in the exhibition, who were then invited to do the same.

The project is linked to the premise of the exhibition, which focuses on a series of convergences that “follow their own logic”. The choice of interviews was thus determined by the intellectual curiosity of a group of artists and the possible connections between their interests, ideas and practices. The questions, more less the same for each interview, were sufficiently flexible to allow the discussion to flow freely.

Episode 1
Artist Guillaume Adjutor Provost discusses the work of Nicolas Lachance (in French).
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Episode 2
Artist Nicolas Lachance discusses the work of Guillaume Adjutor Provost (in French).
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Episode 3
Artist Surabhi Ghosh discusses the works of Simon Belleau and Kelly Jazvac in English).
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Episode 4
Artist Kelly Jazvac discusses the works of Thea Yabut and Surabhi Ghosh (in English).
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Episode 5
Artist Simon Belleau discusses the work of Erin Shirreff (in French).
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Episode 6
Artist Thea Yabut discusses the work of Eve Tagny (in English).
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Episode 7
Artist Eve Tagny discusses the works of Sheena Hoszko (in French).
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Episode 8
Artist Erin Shirreff discusses the works of Jacques Bilodeau (in English).
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Episode 9
Artist Sheena Hoszko discusses the works of Scott Benesiinaabandan (in French).
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Episode 10
Artist Scott Benesiinaabandan discusses the works of Suzanne Kite (in English).
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As part of the exhibition, artist Sandeep Bhagwati presents the research-creation project Are you out of your sound?

Discover it here