Equivalents (Parallel Lines)
October 01, 2006
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. An ode to Norman McLaren's Lignes verticales (1960) and Lignes horizontales (1962), the viewer has found themselves immersed in an optical painting in the process of writing itself.

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.


Ignition 3, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery
Elektra Montréal | MIAN 2009