SAUCIER, Robert (1951)

Robert Saucier et Toby Heys, Radiabolus, 2013-2014. Aluminium, acier, plastiques, bois, haut-parleurs, haut-parleur HSS (HyperSonic Sound), divers mécanismes avec moteurs et microcontrôleurs, parachute militaire. Photo : Toby Heys.

Robert Saucier currently teaches at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where he graduated with a BFA in 1977 and an MFA in 1988. He is a member of Hexagram (Institut de recherche/création en arts et technologies médiatiques) and has shown his work both in Canada and in Europe. From 1985 to 1988, he produced playful installations that presented human history without chronological accuracy. Since 1995, he has been incorporating various mechanisms and electronic components into his work: motion sensors, timers, relay switches and microcontrollers. He also uses solar panels, radio transistors and magnetic tape, inviting viewers to participate in how the piece evolves and encouraging them to recognize the limitations of channel-surfing. In this sense, while they explore the relationship between art and technology, his interactive works also express implicit criticism toward contemporary society’s obsession with obtaining information.

SEE:
« The Technocentric Art of Robert Saucier » by Athena Paradissis, ESPACE #19, p. 26.
« The Machine Stripped Bare by Its Very Spectators » by Jean-Pierre Latour,  ESPACE #36, p. 9. 
« An Aesthetics of Connection » by Joanne Lalonde, ESPACE #55, p. 9. 
« Bruits de fond : An Exhibition of Sound Environments » by Gaston St-Pierre,  ESPACE #59, p. 17. 
« De la sculpture comme brèche : Paul-Émile Saulnier, Yves Louis-Seize, Robert Saucier » by Serge Fisette, ESPACE #63, p. 37.
« Champs magnétiques » by Serge Fisette, ESPACE #26, p. 6. 
« Machines-faitiches » by Marie-Josée Pinard, ESPACE #47, p. 38.