ISSUE (2009)

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A site specific installation presented in an abandoned waste incinerator.

Full Description

Site specific installation, 2004 Video projection of 16' X 13' Computer, video projector, sound system, motion detector, microcontrolor.

Work metadata

  • Year Created: 2009
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Tuesday Jun 9th, 2009
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  • Work Credits:
    • Isabelle Hayeur,
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Artist Statement

This project was elaborate in connection with the former activities of the incinerator des Carrières and the global waste management issues. From 1970 to 1983, hundreds of tons of Montreal domestic garbages were burned each day at this waste incinerator.

Presented in the former sediment exit - 75 meters-long tunnel - previously used to remove the detritus from the incinerator - the work plays with the distorted perceptions experienced in the tunnel. A large-scale video is projected on a suspended screen at the end of the space and creates the impression that the alley opens up onto a desolate landscape.

An animation, playing in continuous loop, shows a urban landscape in slow transformation. The viewer contemplates an ever-changing land, starting from a wasteland, becoming a landfill, then a suburban town, and so on. New "possible" landscapes appear and disappear, dissolving in each other's and confounding themselves. As the viewer moves forward into the space, the alley seems to stretch out and telescope towards the horizon thus creating a perspective of the infinity of the desert that the work echoes.


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