France Jobin is a sound / installation / artist, composer and curator residing in Montreal, Canada. Her audio art can be qualified as “sound-sculpture”, revealing a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect. Her installations express a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her works can be “experienced” in varied music venues and new technology festivals across Canada, the United States, South America, South Africa, Europe and Japan.
Jobin has created solo recordings for bake/staalplaat (NL), ROOM40 (AU), nvo (AT), DER (US), ATAK (JP), murmur records (JP), popmuzik records (JP), Baskaru (FR) and the prestigious LINE label (US). Jobin’s sound art is also part of countless compilation albums, notably on the ATAK (JP), bremsstrahlung (US), Mutek (CA), murmur records (JP), and/oar (US), tsuku boshi (FR), everest records (CH), and Contour Editions (US) labels. She is also featured in the influential book and recording, Extract, Portraits of Soundartists (book + 2 cd), released on the nonvisualobjects label (AT). The collaborative album ligne, created with sound artist Tomas Phillips, was released on the ATAK label (JP).
Her installations and screenings have been shown at museums and festivals. Most recently, her work P Orbital was presented at CONTEXT-ing / Listening as CONTEXT at the Miami Art Fair in Florida. An invitation to the AIR Artist-In-Residence program in Krems, Austria enabled her to create und transit, a sound installation set in the MinoritenKirche cloister in Stein (AT). A recent collaboration with artist and musician Cédrick Eymenier (FR) resulted in “EVENT HORIZON”, an audio/video piece, which was screened in Paris (2010) and the Venezuela Biennale in Merida state (2010), and performed live at the Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles (2010), as well as at ISEA RUHR 2010 (DE). In 2011, Jobin was one of five international artists selected to present her sound installation, Entre-Deux, in the new media exhibit Data/Fields, curated by Richard Chartier at Artisphere in the Washington, DC area, along with Ryoji Ikeda, Mark Fell, Caleb Coppock, and Andy Graydon. Her proposition received critical acclaim from the national press. Her latest audio visual collaboration: “Mirror Neurons” with sound artist Fabio Perletta (IT) and xx+xy visuals (IT) will be screened as a world premiere at A x S / ak-sis / FESTIVAL 2014 | CURIOSITY as part of the Synergetica Screening in Los Angeles in September 2014.
She has also participated in numerous music and new technology festivals such as Mutek (Montreal, 2001, 2004 – 2009), EM15 (Montreal 2014), Portobeseno (Italy 2014), Interferenze – Liminaria (Italy 2014), Flussi Media Arts Festival (Italy 2014), le FIMAV de Victoriaville (2002), Ver Uit de Maat (Rotterdam, 2002), SEND + RECEIVE (Winnipeg, 2003, 2005), Les Digitales (Brussels, 2004), Club Transmediale (Berlin, 2004), Shut up and Listen (Vienna, 2009), ISEA RUHR 2010 (Germany), EMPAC (US 2011), surface tension tour (Japan, 2012). A soundtrack composed by Bubblyfish and i8u for the silent movie Swordswoman of Huangjiang / Huangjiang Nuxia was presented at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Walter Reade Theater in the UCLA tribute tour of Chinese martial arts, “Heroic Grace: the Chinese Martial Arts Film” (USA, 2003).
She initiated “immersound”, a concert event/philosophy, which proposes the creation of a dedicated listening environment by focusing on the physical comfort of the audience within a specifically designed space. The premise of “immersound” is to seek out/explore new perceptions in and experiences of the listening process by pushing the notion of “immersion” to its possible limits. She produced the first “immersound” in 2011 at Oboro in Montreal and continues to curate / produce the event.
She was a finalist at the Sonic Arts Awards 2014 in the Sonic Research category. In January 2013, the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) awarded the prestigious Opus Prize for Concert of the year in the Catégorie Musiques Actuelles, électroacoustique to France Jobin for her concert at AKOUSMA 8.
France Jobin’s work continues to evolve as technologies enable her to create new environments.