FOFA Gallery, Montréal
May 2 - 25, 2012

FDBK, a study that evokes various forms of feedback in sound and video, politics, art production, economics, and biology.

FDBK consists of objects, installation, projection, sound, radio transmission, print and video works.

FDBK marks the completion of a loop that began two years ago with the awarding of the inaugural Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art. As with all things circular, once whole, there appears to be no beginning or end. The exhibition brings together a number of pieces which, although autonomous, form a coherent environment. From video installation, sound, light, and radio transmissions, to publication acts, the exhibition itself operates as a form of feedback. At core is the idea of interval, first popularly theorized by Pythagoras in his search for harmonic unity as being both the space between, and the relationship to, one another of notes on a monochord. This suggestion of sonic experience, that is, vibration as discernible by an other, as being both of space and time serves as the reference to which Bates provides feedback both negative and positive. The artist tugs and pokes at the unifying systems suggested by the likes of Pythagoras and cybernetics as he furthers his inquiry into other authors, (Bergson, Shannon, Cocteau) and ideas that investigate the connections between science, music and mysticism.

- jake moore, Director, FOFA Gallery

With a text commissioned from Marc-Alexandre Reinhardt in English and French. Designed by Jim Verburg.

Published by the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, and made possible with the support of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation.

Available from the FOFA Gallery
ISBN 978-0-9868715-4-2

Thank you to the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Fellowship in Contemporary Art, jake moore and the FOFA Gallery, Concordia University.