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Martine Koutnouyan

Bio Martine Koutnouyan was born in Lyon, France in 1954. After immigrating to Montreal in 1977, she began organizing live art events and thus became involved in the local art scene. She also directed an art gallery in Old Montreal. Partner to Joseph Lefèvre for many years, she has produced most of her recent work in collaboration with him. Since her beginning in the world of VJing with the band Wetfish at the SAT in 2001, VJ Liberty, fueled by her new-found passion for projecting images in real time, has performed on many more occasions both at home in Quebec and internationally. Some of the major events of her career include: PixelAche with Swedish musician Andreas Tilliander; Péchés capitaux/7 for the FCMM (Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media); Dancing with DJ Ram and Martin Tétreault; Nuit ÉlectroniK for Mutek; Technopera - Turandot, in collaboration with the SAT and the Opera of Montreal; Nouvelles Images in Mexico with Éloi Brunelle; NextArt for the Florida Film Festival in Orlando; Art Futura in Barcelona; Viva Chizé; the "Biennale d'art contemporain" (Biennial of Comtemporary Arts) in France; and more recently, Technopera - The Turn of The Screw. Her style is very dynamic and she easily adapts to various music genres. She centers her work around specific ideas and uses video loops composed of original and borrowed material to embroider on their themes. She creates abstract textures that are all movement and then fades them in with more concrete images. She prepares her clips long before any performance but her strength lies in her ability to awaken them into rhythms that bring the music to life.
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Totes KindTotes Kind 2008
At first the desire to do a piece by exclusively using the Photoshop brush tool. Two hours later... this image... Totes Kind (dead child in German). It would be impossible for me to explain what inspired me to choose this theme. All the various elements fell into place of their own accord and I followed my self-imposed constraint.