Installation vidéo produite par Thierry Marceau et Jonathan Villeneuve
Sérénade : la dernière marche du Roi qui refuse de mourir, 2013, installation vidéo. Photo: Jean-Sébastien Veilleux photographe

Jonathan Villeneuve

Artist / Summer 2013

To Make the Improbable


Jonathan Villeneuve creates kinetic, sound, and light works by assembling familiar objects whose original look he generally preserves. His poetic machines, made from a combination of construction materials and natural elements, are set in motion by elementary mechanical devices. The movement and sonority of his works prompt viewers to presume their imaginary function. Villeneuve (born in Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts in 1980) holds a BFA from Université du Québec à Montréal (2004) and an MFA from Concordia University (2009). His works have been shown in Canada and in Europe, including at l’OEil de Poisson (Quebec City, 2015), Stride Gallery (Calgary, 2015), KunstKraftWerk (Leipzig, Germany, 2015), the International Triennial of New Media Art at the National Art Museum of China (Beijing, 2014), Oboro (Montreal, 2013), and Grunt Gallery (Vancouver, 2012). He has created works of public art for Amphithéâtre multifonctionnel de Québec (2015) and the École de cirque de Québec (2011), and has participated in residencies at the Helsinki International Artist Program (Finland, 2015) and the National Music Centre (Calgary, 2014). He has also taken part in many digital art festivals, including Carte blanche at Elektra (Paris), Lab30 (Augsburg, Germany), 404 Festival (Trieste, Italy), and Athens International Film + Video Festival (Greece). He has been a member of the Perte de signal collective (Montreal) since 2005. He lives and works in Montreal.