Experimental filmmaker, video artist and independant curator, Guillaume Vallée graduated from Concordia University with a Major in Film Animation and MFA in Studio Arts – Film Production option. He’s interested in alternative forms of moving images in analogue forms as a way of considering the direct interaction between different mediums. His work is an exploration of materiality within the creative process. In attempts of creating a more complex relationship with his subject matter, Vallée makes use of cross-medium forms that range from camera-less techniques to optical effects, glitch, video feedback, resulting in expended & hybrid pieces. He works mainly on Super8, 16mm and VHS.
Vallée is questionning the notions of recycling & reappropriation, treating all material as found footage within a collaborative practice, in film, video & performance. His audiovisual performances have been shown in various festivals in Canada, USA, France, Italy and Japan and his experimental films and videos, distributed by Vidéographe and Winnipeg Film Group, have been screened internationnaly.
His work has been awarded in 2013, for The Yellow Ghost (Grand Prix Dérapage), in 2016 at the WNDX festival (Festival of Moving Image) for his short film, Le bulbe tragique (” Best Canadian Work ”) and il fait gris dans ta tête, tout à coup, a videopoem codirected with Sarah Seené, as part of Festival de Poésie de Montréal (Grand Prix Video-Poésie 2018).
Vallée works in theater, with his first video design for the piece Aalaapi – ᐋᓛᐱ, presented at the Center du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in early 2019. He also produces music videos for different musicians from here and elsewhere (Cédrik St-Onge, Hazy Montagne Mystique, Jean-Sébastien Truchy, Darrick, among many others).
Guillaume Vallée has been an artist-in-residence at La Bande Vidéo (Quebec, Canada) in 2017 and at Le Fresnoy – studio national des arts contemporains (Tourcoing, FR) & Signal Culture (Owego, USA) in 2018. He’s currently an artist-in-residence at Main Film, part of the Film Factory program (2019-2020).