Jackie Gallant is a musician, video artist and composer who creates and performs for dance, video and film. She began her musical career as a drummer for several Montreal rock groups. Since then she’s toured nationally and internationally with everyone from La La La Human Steps to Lesbians on Ecstasy. As sound designer and composer, she has worked with, among others, actor/directors Marie Brassard and Brigitte Poupart, video artists Nelson Henricks, Nikki Forrest and Dayna McLeod and choreographers George Stamos, Sarah Williams and Karen Fennell. In fall 2015 she composed, directed and performed in the pop-opera (POD~themusical) as part of Montreal’s Phenomena festival. In the spring of 2016, she created the multimedia piece The King of Pop. Recently, she’s been involved as composer and performer in projects with Fortier Danse-Création (Trois and Solo 70), Émilie Monnet (Okinum) and Hélen Simard (Idiot and Requiem Pop). 2019 saw the release of the concept album 100 Years, by the duo Home Alone (a collaborative project with musician Yan Basque).
As a sound, performance and video artist, her work addresses and deconstructs pop culture with self-referential humor and subtle subversion.
In 2020 she really misses playing music in a small sweaty room with a bunch of friends.
Why did you get involved in this project?
I was interested in working with different people and collaborating in a new way with sound and video.
Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?
The one week turn-around definitely helped my creativity.
How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?
I was curious to see the work of people outside of my usual creative community and excited about delving into something new with artists from different backgrounds and based in different locations.
Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?
No, not really.
If you worked on several videos, what kept you coming back for more and how many did you do?
I worked on 2 videos. I enjoyed working on the first one and decided to do a second to see if the aesthetic would be different. It was.