Outrevie-Afterlife | 29 novembre 2015
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29 novembre 2015

Potluck chez Raymonde

Nous avons l’intention de proposer une exposition de groupe à certains centres d’exposition, dont la Fonderie Darling. Comment allons-nous envisager, définir, décrire et proposer ce projet ?

Nous pourrions travailler à partir d’un sujet commun et créer un projet de groupe pour l’exposition, mais cette approche s’apparenterait à une tentative de résolution de problèmes. Ce n’est pas vraiment ce que nous voulons.

Nous pourrions utiliser nos archives ; nous le faisons déjà. Nous pourrions les tenir à jour, regrouper des éléments par l’écriture, joindre des photographies et d’autres documents. Cette somme d’informations est étroitement liée à nos préoccupations artistiques et traduit nos explorations des trois dernières années. Une interprétation de ces archives pourrait certainement s’inscrire dans une expo de groupe, mais pourrait aussi se faire dans une publication ou sur un site web.

Nous nous rallions finalement à une idée plus inclusive, celle de juxtaposer les pratiques individuelles et collectives. Nos pratiques sont naturellement, organiquement liées au thème de l’outre-vie, d’une façon ou d’une autre. Après tout, le groupe est défini en grande partie par nos pratiques individuelles. Dans la constitution d’un corpus, nos échanges seront essentiels à la formulation d’une proposition équilibrée.

Une fois d’accord, nous faisons un tour de table pour connaître les idées de chacun. Pour certains, ce sera la continuité d’une recherche déjà commencée ou l’occasion de finaliser un projet.Pour d’autres, de nouvelles possibilités seront ouvertes.

Raymonde wants to continue working with her DVD collection project, where she plans to take excerpts as stills or short video clips and juxtapose them with her own photographs and films. Her idea is to use this collection to create something that is personal to her, revisiting the moments in these films that she is emotionally or aesthetically attached to.

Velibor proposes to show his Notman street project. He proposes to make a work that investigates the unrealized place in its current state and imagines its alternate, fictional potential.

MC will be working with her friend Daniel and the story of his vanished hometown in Gagnon, Northern Québec. She has materials from their last trip together on MiniDV, in which Daniel locates and describes the roads and buildings that have since disappeared from the sites. She will continue working with that material.

Celia went on a trip to Greece recently and took photographs of the ruins and objects from antiquity. She is interested in the materials and motifs that are present in the objects that she photographed, also in the idea of fragmentation, in a literal and a conceptual sense, when one is faced with objects from the past. Celia suggests the photographs from Greece as a potential contribution to the show.

Jacques will be working with the material that he shot in China this past summer. He is planning on making a light-box installation with the idea of “portal” as his central concept. His image features a scene in Shanghai where a man is looking at the horizon.

Andrea is working on photographs that experiment with the idea of depth. Her interest in the human body continues in this project, as she presents a still-life of a skull. One of her images places the skull and its reflections as distortions from its original form. She wants to draw a parallel between the seen and the unseen, making the invisible visible and tactile through her visual experiments. In these photographs her interest is in bringing forward the different levels that exist underneath the visible surfaces.

Jessica proposes to work on a single-channel video work that documents the scene of the Hurtigruten ship arriving at the port of Lofoton Island in Norway. She is interested in exploring the ship’s history as a cargoship that transported goods to the remote villages along the shoreline. The ship has since been integrated into the local tourism industry as a sightseeing passenger ship, abandoning its function as a cargo vessel. She is interested in the ship’s relationship with the landscape, as well as how its sound activates the surrounding environment.

Jin would like to create a video that includes elements of choreography, fiction, documentary, and the idea of theatre. She would like to create a piece that is infused with a sense of personal nostalgia, and the persistence of the past in the present lives of the people she will bring in as participants. Ultimately, she envisions the work as a single-channel video that compiles and juxtaposes different forms of storytelling in a sequence.

Chih-Chien is experimenting with the idea of expanding the viewing experience of an image into a journey through the implementation of VR technology, giving viewers more time and details to observe. He hopes that by providing a space of intimacy and empathy the work will invite viewers to experience what is beneath or beyond the image itself. His interest in the nature of small, quotidian things and gestures as details that construct a significant part of how we perceive an image and experience a narrative continues in this project.

Katie has a few projects, one of them being a study of the tide lines along the beach. She wants to come up with different ways of measuring the tide lines and creating a musical or visual composition out of it. She will experiment with measurements and gathering data based on the tide, trying out different variables with that method.