Biography

Born in Quebec City, Canada, and based in Berlin, Germany, Kenji Ouellet is a classical pianist (MA Music performance, C.U.N.Y.). He graduated in Digital Art at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna in 2006 and in Experimental Media Design at the University of the Arts in Berlin in 2007, where he became “Meisterschüler” in 2009.

 

His work includes performances, video works and media concepts for contemporary dance choreographies.

 

 

-Performance/choreographic work (selection):

 

Butchers have short fingers

(Performance/interactive smell installation for 1 performer, 10 computers, a piano, rotten meat and a locked up audience, PSHHG Vienna 2004)

 

Pièce touchée No 1, performance only for the touch sense

(E4 2006 (Berlin), Crossbreeds Festival 2007 (Vienna), Tanztendenzen Festival 2007 (Greifswald, Germany), “Intrude366” Performance Series, Zendai Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai), Arena Festival 2008 (Erlangen, Germany), Man.in.Fest Experimental Theater Festival 2008 (Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Biesdorf Castle (Berlin 2009), GrenzArt Festival (Kirschau, Germany 2010).

 

Body/Sign Lab, Performance/theater lab

Arena festival 2009 (Erlangen, Germany).

 

Takt/il (translation of sound/music in touch)

Frisch eingetroffen Festival. 2010 (Mannheim, Germany)

 

Pièce touchée No 2 (Performance centered on the touch sense)

Perfect Wedding Festival, Tanzfabrik Berlin 2010. 3d Prize Choregie competition 2011 Maribor (Slovenia). Mois Multi 2012 (Quebec City), Crossbreeds Festival 2012 (Vienna), Habeas Corpus Festival (Cordoba, Argentina), Moving Sounds Festival (Austrian Cultural Forum, New York City).

(Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts)

 

Klangkörper (Performance with a touch- and quadraphonic sound choreography) Klangmanifeste festival, (Vienna, December 2011), Mois Multi festival 2012 (Quebec City), Rhubarb Festival 2012 (Toronto).

 

Visualisaciones (exhibition of the visual impressions of touch performances)

Ciuduad de las Artes/Museo de la Mujeres 2013 (Cordoba, Argentina)

 

Le Sacre du Printemps: a haptic rite


Sacre 100, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) 2013, Tanznacht Berlin 2014, Teatro a Corte Festival 2015 (Turin), Theater Freiburg 2015, Tanz Bremen 2017

(Produced by HAU and the German Federal Cultural Foundation)

 

 

-Video works (selection):

 

Lektion 13

1st prize, Media Forum of the Moscow International Film Festival 2006, Grand Prix, Kansk international Video Festival 2006 (Russia), 2nd Prize, Alucine Festival (Toronto), 3d prize, Videologia Festival (Volgograd). Special mentions at the Cologne Art Film Biennial 2005, the Strange Screen Festival 2006 in Thessaloniki, Greece and the Partouche Experimental Film Award (Le Havre Biennial, France).

 

Other screenings: Videoex Festival 2006 (Zürich), European Media Art Festival 2007 (Osnabrück), L’Etrange Film Festival 2006 (Paris), FLEX experimental film festival (Florida), KW (Kunst-Werke, Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin), Art Fair Athena (Athens).

 

On Vienna, Love, Language and Forgetting

“Special Achievement Award” at the Alternative Film/Video Festival, Belgrade (2008). Shown at the Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin-Madrid 2007, Strange Screen Festival 2008 (Thessaloniki), Nottingham Playhouse (U.K.).

 

Montres Louis Maurcie

1st prize of the (non) commercial Award of the Backup Festival 2008 (Weimar). B16 (Brno), Budapest Shorts Festival.

 

Self cinema No 1

Honorary Award at the Montijo International Biennial 2008 (Portugal), finalist of the Celeste Kunstpreis 2008 (Berlin). Other showings: Eject 2 (Mexico City), Verbum Museum (Vigo, Spain), Escrita na Paisagem Festival (Evora, Portugal), Exist-ence Festival (Brisbane, Australia), Videoholica (Varna, Bulgaria), Instants Video (Marseille), Pixelpops (Paris).

 

Touchscape (Multichannel video installation/split-screen film, 2011)

Façade Festival 2011 (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), Sarajevo Winter festival 2013 (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Museo de las Mujeres, 2013 (Cordoba, Argentina)

 

In Dog Years I'm Dead

1st prize, Bremer Videokunstförderpreis (Weserburg Museum, Bremen 2017)

 

 

-Video/sound concepts for contemporary dance choreographies (selection):

 

Approach and Retreat (K.Weare, USA)

Premiere: Summer Fest Dance Festival 2001, Cowell Theater San Francisco.

 

Frictious (M. Maar, A)

Premiere: TanzQuartier Vienna 2002, remixed version Tanzfabrik Berlin and Dixon Place New York 2005.

 

Fliessend (K. Weare, M.Maar)

Premiere: Kosmos Theater Vienna, Tanzpool festival 2003.

 

Archiv (K. Roschangar, A) Premiere: DieTheater Künstlerhaus, Vienna 2004.