Photo by Guylaine Bedard



France Jobin aka i8u (b. 1958) is a sound / installation / web artist residing in Montreal, Canada. i8u’s audio art can be qualified as "sound-sculpture". It reveals powerful, opaque and complex sound environments where analog and digital meet. Her installation/web art can be said to follow a parallel path, incorporating both musical and visual elements.

i8u has created recordings for ROOM40 (Australia), bake/staalplaat (Netherlands), Mutek (Canada), bremsstrahlung (USA), nvo (Austria) and an upcoming track on DER (LA). She has collaborated with Goem, Martin Tétreault, David Kristian and recently, her work with Tomas Phillips “ligne”, was released on ATAK in Japan.

She has participated in various music and new technology festivals in Canada, Europe and the United States, notably Mutek (Montreal), Ver Uit de Maat (Rotterdam), Club Transmediale (Berlin), Shut up and Listen (Vienna).

She collaborates with New York visual artist ChiKA. "Infinity", an audio/video piece was performed live at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and a screening was shown at the San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall, both events were curated by VOLUME. A recent new collaboration with artist and musician Cédrick Eymenier (France), has produced the work "event horizon".

i8u’s web work/installations have been shown at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Toronto’s Images film festival and at MIVEAM 06. The AIR program in Krems Austria enabled her to create “und transit”, a sound installation set in the cloister of MinoritenKirche in Stein, Austria.

Her work continues to evolve as technologies enable her to create in new environments.
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