Dans le ventre de la baleine
The multidisciplinary artist Maryse Goudreau, author of La conquête du béluga, has been following this fascinating animal for two decades. Her sonic and tactile work, Dans le ventre de la baleine, grants entry to a unique world, one spectator at a time. Thanks to a small sensory listening device, the sound waves of belugas invite participants to immerse themselves in the heart of a nursery habitat. What do they have to tell us?
Created by Maryse Goudreau
Editing and Sound Engineer Stéphane Claude
Created following a creative residency at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre thanks to the agreement between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Manitoba Arts Council.
Maryse Goudreau thanks the Oboro Production Assistance Program and the Canada Council for the Arts.
On the artist
Maryse Goudreau (Escuminac)
A multidisciplinary artist from the Gaspé Peninsula, Maryse Goudreau began a long cycle of work about belugas in 2012. She studied their behaviour and political and poetic significance, dove with them, filmed them, and recorded their sounds, building up a comprehensive archive.
Aligned with an eco-feminist approach, her hybrid work combines photography, video, installation, performance, visual art, writing, and documentary research. She began to tackle political discourse with Histoire sociale du béluga (2016), in which she painstakingly compiled statements from Quebec’s Legislative Assembly covering almost 100 years. Her immersive sonic and tactile installation Dans le ventre de la baleine (2019) simulates the sensations experienced when diving underwater with belugas. Renowned for her long-term projects in the field, Goudreau received the Prix Lynne-Cohen (MNBAQ) in 2017 and the 2020 Gaspé Peninsula artist of the year award from the CALQ.