Into the Light

Art Gallery of Windsor, Canada
April 25 - June 15, 2014

Special thanks to Srimoyee Mitra (curator), José Seoane, Martin Slawig (Into the Light Max/Jitter programming), Brent Lee (Into the Light sound installation), Nicolas Papador (percussion) and Waltraud Torinus (photography).

This project was made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts

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see Art Gallery of Windsor site for curatorial statement by Srimoyee Mitra

Supported with a Project Grant by the Canada Council for the Arts

individual works:

SOUNDINGS / AWEIGH (2014):

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a 7-channel video/sound installation (SOUNDINGS) with animal navigation maps projection (AWEIGH) – scientific drawings explaining how animals find their way home (orientation/navigation/”homing”)

(“soundings” – derives from the practice of determining the depth of water/making a sounding by feeding out a line with a weight at the end; “aweigh” is a nautical term for the moment the anchor is lifted and the boat is free afloat)

For me the combination of both pieces has a lot to do with how we find our place, the importance of knowing how to ground the body, and the wonderful mysteries science is trying to solve.

 

 ZENITH (2014) & SUN IN PISCES (2010):

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ZENITH: one chair in mid air; 2 chairs showing videoloops in the seat (the canopy of trees, shot from beneath, and volcanic ground, shot from above)

SUN IN PISCES: 
a 2-channel video as a mediation on the alchemical journey where spirit and matter are in a continual process of creation and destruction, with the sky being the one constant in our lives

 

 

INTO THE LIGHT (2014):

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looks at the challenge of keeping an abstract idea in sight: losing it, finding it, losing it again, and keeping interferences at bay. The The central recurring image is the word REVOLUCIÓN. It remains visible only for a few seconds at a time, and becomes obliterated by pedestrians passing by, traffic and various other ‘distractions’. It serves as a metaphor for the grand ideas and concepts we have in our lives that give us orientation, at times turning into dogma, or serving as something that calls to be challenged. Interruptions and interventions are necessary as “breathing space” for developing both concrete solutions to the ‘grand’ idea as well as possible alternatives.

Three separate and joined projections are created live and randomly from a database of clips timed so that they either revolve in the space one at a time emphasizing the circular motion/revolutions, or at times occur simultaneously, or in pairs.  Max/Jitter programming thanks to Martin Slawig/blackhole-factory Germany.

Sound by Brent Lee, with Nicholas Papador on marimba and other percussion instruments:
diagetic sound from the video (mixed evenly between four speakers), composed marimba motives (isolated in individual speakers), and processed percussive sound samples  (slowly rotating through the four speakers situated around the gallery space).  played the marimba . All of the sound samples are triggered through a controlled random set up in Max; the overall sonic texture remains fairly static but the details are constantly shifting.

 

BLEACHED BY NOSTALGIA (2014):

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contextualizes with images of my Caribbean childhood and includes looking at tropes of the tropical island

10,000 MONARCHS (performance, 2014):

The performance was inspired by watching thousands of monarch butterflies on Point Pelee take off for their 3000km journey to their winter home in the mountains of central Mexico. For the performance I worked from a meditative trance and ‘read’ participants’ ‘pictures’ of how they navigate and negotiate that space between home and the faraway. These ‘pictures’ were in a dialogue with images I brought up from a database of video clips using a proximity sensor on the chair that I activated every time a ‘new’ image showed up on my imaginary ‘screen’.

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images thanks to Martina Konietzny and Nicholas de Cosson

 

OLOFI (2012):

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a video based on a pataki/myth on the origin of the world; the dialectics of discord and harmony as creative forces

 

 MIRAME PERO NO ME TOQUES (2011):

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Spanish: Look at Me (But Don’t Touch) investigates the question of difference; the gaze, the souvenir, tourism and why are we so intrigued by the “other”, by “lost cultures/places”.