Marvin Fabien is a contemporary multimedia artist, young researcher and guitarist musician that questions through his multimedia “Digital Performances” and other digital works, the aesthetics of the popular music culture of the Caribbean.
Since 2004, he has been developing a work based on sound, music and the body. Through this research, he has realized many performances and digital installations including Strange Fruits Triangle, 2017 as part of the FIAP “International Festival of Performance Art ” in Martinique and Lest We Forget, 2017, performance in collaboration with the artist Nyugen Smith (New York) in Miami as part of the Miami Art Week at the Prizm Art Fair and also in 2018 in Puerto Rico for the Mecca Art Fair.
His artistic universe mixes sound art, video mapping, mixed media and drawing. He uses sound as material to accompany, interrogate and record states and dimensions of the Caribbean body through performance. In questioning artistic practices related to new media and new technologies, his work proposes a relationship and collaboration with the viewer in the construction of the work.
At the same time, the other media on which he works, including paper and canvas, evoke popular Caribbean archetypes, that is, bodily forms that embody the essential attributes of Caribbean being today. Attributes that are often perverted through popular Caribbean music videos. Furthermore these clips according to him are portals, spaces, to which the rest of the world accesses and discover the Caribbean. In his work, he offers another vision of the Caribbean and presents a Caribbean body that reflects a mix of new technologies, tradition, space, sounds, and borders.
Marvin Fabien + Lara Kramer
A point of ritual passage, a force of two bodies, heavy undertones of otherworld, paradigm. This duo performance by Marvin Fabine (Martinique) and Lara Kramer (Canada) steps into the futurism by way of new media, and unrelenting traces of the past. With vigor and intensity, the performers take assuming roles inside a universe that seeps of imminent disaster. We taste the underbelly of the spiritual and technological by way of abstraction and with the accompaniment of the original sound created by Marvin Fabien.
Dream Installation is the dynamic security. A metallic intersection of the natural order, natural law. Connectivity. Sound. Fantasy.
Conceived, Scenography and Created in collaboration withMarvin Fabien and Lara Kramer
Sound creation, mixing and editing byMarvin Fabien
With the support ofFIAP 2019 Creation Residency/Laboratory, Fort de France, Martinique and Canada Council of the Arts
Premiered AtThe Meat Market, FIAP International Festival of Performance Art, Martinique, on November 9th 2019
Lara Kramer is a performer, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-cree and settler heritage. Her choreographic work, research and field work over the last twelve years has been grounded in intergenerational relations, intergenerational knowledge and impacts on colonial trauma and have been presented across Canada and even in Australia, New Zealand, Martinique, the US and the UK.
Lara has received multiple awards, acknowledgements and prizes for her work. Kramer was recognized and appointed as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre in 2012. In 2014, Lara was awarded the Scholarship of Audacity – Caisse de la culture from the OFFTA, Montreal, as well was commissioned by The Canada Dance Festival for her work “Native Girl Syndrome”. In 2017-18 Lara was presented with the prestigious Ashley Fellowship with Trent University, as well was appointed the CanDance creation fund in for her work Windigo. In 2018, Lara received the Jacqueline-Lemieux Prize for recognition of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement in dance.
She has been on the faculty of the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre and has taught workshops across Canada and in Australia and New Zealand. In 2016 Lara initiated The Cradleboard Project, a community project fostering the reclaiming of traditional practices developed in collaboration with senior artists and knowledge keeper Ida Baptiste that ran for two years in Montreal. She was the guest teacher at Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia – The National Theatre of Greenland in 2018. She also landed her debut role in François Delisle film Cash Nexus (2018) as supporting character Angie. Lara has participated in several residencies including Indian Residential School Museum in Portage la Prairie and Dancemakers Artist in Residency from 2018-2021. Lara Kramer is a Center de Création O Vertigo – CCOV Associate Artist since 2021.