Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Montreal, QC; Elektra Festival International Arts Numériques, Montreal, QC
Two-channel video installation
Two-channel projection with custom screens. Video, black and white, silent, 2:44min. loop.
Ignition 3, Curated by Marie-Josée Jean and Michèle Thériault, Dec.7-Jan 6, 2007
Elektra Festival International Arts Numériques (10th Edition), Usine-C, Montréal, QC, May 1-10, 2009
Equivalents (Parallel Lines)
Equivalents (Parallel Lines) is an immersive two-channel video installation that explores optical phenomena in 2½-D space through vector-based graphics. Entering the dark gallery space, the viewer is enveloped by the presence of two large projection screens placed adjacent to each other, at slightly skewed angles from the gallery wall. A series of black and white vertical lines float across the screens in a rhythmic procession. As the viewer learns to anticipate the ordered assembly of lines, a rupture in the pattern occurs. New patterns emerge; layers overlap and intersect to create flows of repetition and differentiation. The viewer has found him/ herself immersed in an optical painting, unfolded to reveal the architecture of the image.
The influence of the technological support in the installation plays an integral role in the experience of the image, as the use of a digital projection results in a rupture of the original source. Through the digital conversion of a vector graphic to a raster graphic, vibration and bleed occur, resulting in optical afterimages which inhibit the ability to perceive black and white lines (equivalents) in simultaneity.