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Media Artist to Teach Students

Morisset created a piece of "Synchronized Artwork" for Arcade Fire's album "The Suburbs." Image from Morisset's website.
Morisset created a piece of “Synchronized Artwork” for Arcade Fire’s album “The Suburbs.” Image from

This year’s Artist-In-Residence Vincent Morisset, a French-Canadian artist who specializes in creating interactive mixed-media art, will be visiting Marlborough beginning Apr. 23 to work with visual arts students in creating a collaborative installation of pieced together videos and photographs that will be projected in Seaver Gallery. Students will be able to interact with and control the movements of the projection through a webcam.

Visual Arts instructor Joshua Deu has known Morisset since 2005 when the artist worked closely with Arcade Fire, the Grammy-Award winning band with which Deu used to perform and continues to collaborate. In 2007, Morisset created synchronized artwork for band’s album The Suburbs, which entailed tagging graphics, lyrics and hyperlinks to particular moments in the audio tracks so they would appear on an iPod screen or on iTunes.

In addition, Morisset directed the film Miroir Noir, an impressionist documentary about the band’s international Neon Bible tour in 2007 and the first ever online interactive music video for the single “Neon Bible.” The video allows viewers to click on moving images of lead singer Win Butler’s hands in order to reveal words and symbols on the screen.

Sophia ’14, who is currently enrolled in Deu’s Music Video Production class, said she is excited to work with Morisset in the coming weeks.

“I don’t really know specifically what the piece will turn out to be like, but I guess that’s what makes it really cool and more exciting. It’s not something conventional like painting,” Sophia said.

Deu said that Morisset’s visit to Marlborough will introduce students to and pique an interest in alternative forms of digital art.

“He is a fairly experimental artist, you know. His stuff has no market goal, like he couldn’t use one of his pieces to advertise Pepsi,” Deu said.