Founded in 2008 by D. Kimm, the collective Brahmine creates shows around performance, projection, installation, music, shadow theatre, marionettes, automats, and hybrid objects. The goal is to bring together artists with a hands-on, playful approach who put materials, space, content and the relationship with the performative act into question. The collective is influenced by the work of inventors and performers like Robert-Houdin, and by everything strange and on the fringe. It draws freely on the aesthetic of the curiosity cabinet and the tableau vivant and the 19th-century taste for spiritualism and the occult, as well as on the atmosphere of the American “side-show” and the freaks made famous by P.T. Barnum.
Featuring Marcelle Hudon, 2boys.tv (Aaron Pollard and Stephen Lawson), Mobile Home (Lucas Jolly and Steeve Dumais), ZAL (Mélanie Charest and Pierre Potvin), Brigitte Henry, D. Kimm, and guest artists.
The group’s greatest source of inspiration, however, is George Méliès, who before going on to invent his cinematic processes, was a conjuror specializing in automats and “grand illusions”. Méliès’s approach shows an affinity with a certain kind of interdisciplinarity and the emerging practices in which we are working. Above all, his “hands-on” resourcefulness is something we cherish.
Brahmine’s first show will be Le Miracle de Brahmine (The Miracle of Brahmine), a title adapted from a Georges Méliès film. It will be presented February 9, 2009 at La Sala Rossa as part of the 8th annual Festival Voix d’Amériques. Les Filles Électriques thanks the Montreal Arts Council for its support towards the creation of this first show.