Chase
collaboration with Megan Wilson
2011
digital video
1:17 minutes (looped)

 

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Similar to the sound of a symphony warming up, the house lights going down in a theatre trigger a learned neuro-chemical response that readies the body for a dark, reverie-laden space where spectators slip into their seats as though slipping into bed. The slow extinguishment of light performs an act of transformation in which the everyday is temporarily suspended in preference of another reality. When the lights come up, it is as though a hypnotist has snapped his fingers, bringing the long moment of restful, augmented attentiveness to an end.

Chase is a video-based work created in collaboration with Megan Wilson. It depicts an enormous crystal chandelier as its lights slowly progress through a continuous on/off cycle. Enticed by the richly detailed yet often ambiguous state of the chandelier, the viewer becomes caught in a state of perpetual, unrealized expectation: an experiential limbo between something almost about to end, just as it is beginning.

Chase was presented at Ed Video Media Arts Centre, Guelph Ontario in September 2011. In 2012 it was exhibited as part of Art Souterrain and Nuit Blanche, Montreal Quebec, the NordArt Festival, Büdelsdorf Germany, and as a large outdoor installation for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto Ontario. Most recently it was presented by Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum in Regina, SK.

Further information can be found on the Chase website.