PME-ART / Jacob Wren
Toutes les chansons que j’ai composées / Every Song I’ve Ever Written
Music + Performance
Presented in partnership with La Biennale de Montréal
In collaboration with Usine C as part of Actoral festival
At the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
November 4th - Karaoke Version
At La Chapelle
November 7th - Solo Version (Pay What You Can) - From 6 to 11pm (doors at 5pm)
November 9th, 10th, 11th - Band Version. With:
The Besnard Lakes
Jef Ellise Barbara
Anytime - Web Version
From 1985 to 2004, PME-ART co-artistic director Jacob Wren wrote songs. Lots and lots of songs. At the time, hardly anyone heard them and therefore, in some sense, these songs don’t yet exist. Every Song I’ve Ever Written is a project about memory, history, things that may or may not exist, songwriting, the internet and pop culture. Taken as a whole, it hopes to raise questions about what songs mean on the internet, about what songwriting is actually like today, and also take a sidelong glance back at the recent past.
Arranged in chronological order, these songs form an unintentional portrait of Jacob’s youth, at the same time chronicling one view of recent history. For the Band Nights, five Montréal bands each perform one of Jacob’s songs. After each version, Jacob will interview the band about what it was like to cover the song, and the band can also interview Jacob about what it was like to write it.
If you are reading this, PME-ART would like you to consider recording your own version of one of these songs, changing it, making it your own, and sending it to email@example.com. PME-ART will post every version received on the website www.everysongiveeverwritten.com.
PME-ART’s past creations have been shown in more than 45 cities, in Québec, Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States. They include the performances HOSPITALITY 1: The Title Is Constantly Changing, HOSPITALITY 3: Individualism Was A Mistake and The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information, the installations Adventures can be found anywhere, même dans la mélancolie, HOSPITALITY 2: Gradually This Overview, The Title Is The Question, as well as Families Are Formed Through Copulation/La famille se crée en copulant, Le Génie des autres – Unrehearsed Beauty et En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize. Led by co-directors Jacob Wren and Sylvie Lachance, PME-ART was nominated at the 27th Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Grand-Prix in 2012.
Focusing on artistic collaboration, the work of PME-ART is an ongoing process of questioning the world, of finding the courage to say things about the current predicament that are direct and complex, of interrogating the performance situation. Performing as ourselves, we create actions, conditions and speech executed with a singular intimacy and familiarity. This intimacy reduces the separation between performer and spectator, opening up a space for thinking, tension, reflection and productive confusion.
Full of paradoxes and contradictions, the work is often destabilizing. Such destabilization is not only about art, but also echoes the social and personal discomfort so often encountered in daily life. We believe the acknowledging of uncomfortable realities, instead of pretending they are not there, is of fundamental importance for the development of critical approaches that are generous and unpredictable. www.pme-art.ca/en
- Conception, composition and songwriting, performance
- Jacob Wren
- Studio recording
- Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (hotel2tango)
- Artistic consultant
- Patricia Boushel
- Technical director
- Mathieu Chartrand
- Planning and administration
- Sylvie Lachance et Richard Ducharme
- Website design
- Website programming
- Bruno Cloutier
- Christophe Bernard
- Coproduction and residences
- FFT (Düsseldorf), Festival Wunder der Prärie & Zeitraumexit(Mannheim), Baltic Circle International Theatre Festival (Helsinki), Inkonst-(Malmö). Diffusion (solo et karaoké) et résidence: Usine C (Montréal).
- Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Kunststiftung NRW (Fondation pour les arts de la Rhénanie-du-Nord-Westphalie, Allemagne
At the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal:
Friday November 4th - KARAOKE VERSION (exact time to be confirmed)
At La Chapelle:
Monday November 7th 5pm - SOLO VERSION (Pay What You Can)
At La Chapelle:
Wednesday November 9th 8pm - BAND VERSION
Thursday November 10th 8pm - BAND VERSION
Friday November 11th 8pm - BAND VERSION