Midway between performance and audiovisual installation, this work is a collective and interactive experience in telepresence. Audiences at the Society for Arts and Technology (SAT) in Montreal (CA) and Festival Maintenant in Rennes (FR) simultaneously participate in the creation of an audiovisual work in real time. To create the work, they manipulate a multimedia device comprised of liquids and equipment from a science laboratory.
Manuel Chantre and Mathieu Le Sourd alias Maotik seek an innovative approach to telepresence, giving it a sensory dimension and providing an experience that transcends current modes of communication. They developed the project with two chemistry researchers and an electronic engineer from the University of Rennes1 as well as a team of researchers at the SAT.
The work’s main thread is the virtual rapprochement of the two locations. As the performance proceeds, audience actions in Rennes and Montreal converge and gradually intensify until perfect homogeneity—or miscibility—has been achieved. In chemistry, miscibility is the ability of one liquid to mix with another liquid homogeneously.
Miscible is a groundbreaking audiovisual experience that smashes the walls between performance and installation through the simultanous, bi-coastal handling of laboratory materials." The Creators Project Benoit Palop (Web), 2014