Ursula J'vlyn d'ArkUS/QC
Ursula J’vlyn d’Ark is an artist and software developer based in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation. Originally from the Deep South of the United States, they were reborn in the queer underground of Montréal and grew up in the digital arts and electronic music scenes of their adopted home. By day, they work as a researcher and backend developer on software that integrates machine learning, neural networks, and complex dynamical systems into audiovisual media workflows. By night, they DJ and work as an audio engineer, having spent years developing their sound aesthetic. They have been featured at events such as Igloofest, Piknic Electronik, LIP, and Faggity Ass Fridays. Over time, d'Ark became known for organizing their iconic rave nights, such as TRYST, D'ark Mistress, P*SSY, and Acidalia, all rooted in the queer lineage of House and Techno music. As an artist, d'Ark moves fluidly between different media formats, blending audio, video, performance, digital and interactivity, demonstrating that their message is beyond the medium.