© 2018 Francis LeBouthillier

Bouche d'Egout 1994-98

Performance documentation, video monitor, electronics, metal grill

4'dia. Duration 15 min.

Thanks to: Louise Dompierre, Arthur Renwick, Marie Jean Claude, Albert Gleizes Foundation, Rhone-Alps, France, Canada Council's Paris Studio Program, Matt Donovan, Mark Contstantano, Andre Lemke.

Bouche d'Egout is a video installation that involved positioning a video monitor beneath a metal grating in a sewer hole. The video displayed on the monitor is a close-up view of a bearded mouth repetitively swallowing water. Sounds of running water, gurgling, spitting and choking emanate from the site.  

 

Exhibition History:

1996    Musee des Egouts de Paris (Paris Sewer Museum). This work was located on a traffic Island at Point d'Alma and Quai d'Orsay in Paris, France. This site was adjacent to the Paris Sewer Museum. This version of the work was developed in an artist residency conducted through the Canada Council's Paris Studio Program. 

1998    Public Access exhibition in lieu. This work was installed in the bathroom area of a downtown Toronto restaurant. This project was curated by Eileen Sommerman.

1994    Bouche d'Egout was originally created and exhibited during an artist in residence program at the Albert Gleizes Foundation, Sablon, France.