Archives for October 2016

Visual: Lac St-Anne

Lac St-Anne was a collaboration done with film maker Richard Cornelisse, shown at Concordia University of Montreal, Faculty of Fine Art. It is an interactive, multi-screen, non-linear audio/video documentary that depicts an experiential portrait of Lac St. Anne located in northern Alberta, Canada. The work depicts the geography, history and people of this region as historical residues. Their narrative exists as largely indirect and fluid, but attempts to illustrate psychological traces of the land, the personal relationship within it, and the sense of mystery that contains it. The intertwining of histories and happenings are meant to appeal to the senses in a manner that speaks to our emotional connections to place, the paradoxes that define it and the possible transcendent realities within it.
The programming for the installation was done in Max. It consisted of a database of interchangeable audio and video clips that can be experienced in a variety of ways. The viewer initially ‘wakes’ the system by stepping in front of a screen. An infrared sensor processes the viewers movements. The viewer is then presented with a video haiku of sorts. A realtime construction of audio and video clips that tell the story of Lac St.Anne. The narrative unfolds through randomized video and audio clips, a montage of audio to video or video-to-video clips in constant reconfiguration. The structure is always participatory, fluid, unique and, to some degree, individualized. Max was also used to track the viewers position and convert that to control data, which altered various aspects of the video and audio narrative.