An audiovisual installation made up of twenty-two large cloth canvases assembled to create a unique maze of video projections. By moving within the environment, the public modulates the semi-random video content that is displayed. The piece is different from one visit to another and it offers a striking and sensitive experience through its vivid use of video projections and a tension-filled musical score.

Memorsion's artistic statement is a reflection of Chantre's focus on the cultural construction of urban architecture and its representations. Videos of forgotten urban relics, either rendered useless or altered by time, are reassembled into a fictional space meant to unearth the audience members' respective memories and experiences. Splintered architectural elements and scattered fragments of our collective memory bring to life various personal associations within each spectator.

Through creative arrangements and transformations of various black-and-white videos, Chantre creates a highly dramatic experience taking place in an atemporal fictional location.

  • " […] The accompanying musical score is chaotic and anxious; its sounds like reconstituted and strangely musical industrial noise. The effect is profound: Memorsion creates an environment that is both immersive and deeply compelling."
    Verb, Shadow on the Wall, Alex J MacPherson, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
  • " It’s like a strange techno dream that you are trying to sort out what is reality, what is virtual and what is memory. Chantre chose images that feels like a grimy industrial future […]. "

    YXE ART, Glen Scrimshaw, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
  • " […] There are multiple screens, multiple projections and the audio suffuses the space in a manner that can be alternately hypnotic, soothing and grating. "

    The A World, Bart Gazzola, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
  • " Memorsion explores the relationships between people and the spaces they occupy, abandon, and remember. "

    Verb, Shadow on the Wall, Alex J MacPherson, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
  • " The space has a transformative effect on the viewer. Viewers become ghosts as they wander the space sometimes appearing as shadows or another projected surface. "

    YXE ART, Glen Scrimshaw, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
  • " […] I’ve never experienced a space like Memorsion before, in a gallery. "

    The A World, Bart Gazzola, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
Society for Arts and Technology, Nuit Blanche, Montreal (CA), 2014. Photo : Sebastien Roy
Exhibitions and performances:
- Society for Arts and Technology, Nuit Blanche, Montreal (CA), 2014
- PAVED Arts, solo exhibition, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
- Mapping Festival, Centre d'art contemporain de Geneve, [live performance and installation], Geneva (CH), 2011
- Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, [live performance] , Montreal (CA), 2010
- Eastern Bloc, solo exhibition, Montréal (CA), 2010

- Emerging artist 2010 for Memorsion : Chantal L’Heureux, Visual Arts Columnist, Montreal (CA), 2011

PAVED Arts, solo exhibition, Saskatoon (CA), 2014. Photo : Manuel Chantre
Press and documentation :
- Article, Crosslab//Collab, Memorsion (Web), 2014
- Video interview, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Saskatoon (CA), 2014
- Article, Verb, Shadow on the Wall, Alex J MacPherson, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
- Article, The A World, Bart Gazzola, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
- Article, YXE ART, Glen Scrimshaw, Saskatoon (CA), 2014
- Audio interview, CKRL, La croche oreille, Quebec (CA), 2013
- Article, Ambiant blog, Six Mil Antennas et Memorsion and Other Works (Web), 2012
- Video interview, Mapping Festival, Geneva (CH), 2011
- Article, The Creators Project, Morgan Poyau, (Web), 2011
- Article, Create Digital Motion, Peter Kirn, (Web), 2011
- Article, Archée, Christine Palmiéri, Montreal (CA), 2011
- Audio interview, CKRL, Simon Roy, Quebec (CA), 2011
- Article, Fiber Space, Schulp, Memorsion (Web), 2011
- Video interview, Le lien multimedia, Charles Pémont, Manuel présente Memorsion, Montreal (CA), 2010
- Video interview, VOX télé, Le Lab, Montreal (CA), 2010
- Audio interview, CIBL, Kaléidoscope, Memorsion, Quebec (CA), 2010
- Article, Le lien multimédia (Web), 2010
- Presentation document, Videographe and Eastern Bloc (Web), 2010

Memorsion, Mapping Festival, Centre d'art contemporain de Geneve, Geneva (CH), [performance and installation], 2011. Photo : Germain Ferey
Created in 2010

Techincal requirements:
24 polyester projection screens, aluminium pipes, polyester ropes, 4 to 6 speakers, 1 to 2 subwoofers, 4 video projectors, 1 computer, 1 multimedia software, 1 infrared camera and 1 infrared lamp.

900 x 900 x 244 cm (configuration A)
900 x 1350 x 244 cm (configuration B)


Download / Listen.
Memorsion, Eastern Bloc, exposition en solo, Montréal (CA), 2010. Photo: Stéphanie Chantre
Video, music, programming and design: Manuel Chantre / Production assistant: Hortense Le Forestier De Quillien / Programming collaborators: Éric Andrade, Nathanaël Lécaudé, Studio imaginaire / Cast: Roxanne Belanger, Lucia Carballo, Katty Daelman, Benjamin Michaud, Karolina Montana, Claude Paradis / Dressmaker: Nicole Cantin / Design consultant: Sébastien Dallaire / Material consultant: Isabelle Kaliaguine / Shooting collaborator: Francis Pineau / Acknowledgement : Vidéographe, Eastern Bloc, Montreal urban exploration community, Montreal graffiti community, Society for Arts and Technology, Francis Théberge ( TIND ), Joseph Lefèvre and Danny Perreault.

This project was made possible with the support of the expo-residence program with Vidéographe, in partnership with Eastern Bloc.

The performance version was made in partnership with Prim.