Archive for ‘2001’

oil on canvas
78 in x 78 in

[watch Effort of the Smile]

Effort of the Smile
Taichung Taiwan (2001)
Calgary Canada (2004)

This is a video installation which is meant to be produced and installed in potentially numerous public locations with the collaboration of the local community. For this piece I randomly approach people and convince them to smile the biggest smile they can for as long as possible – until they physically brake down. Then I make the video footage of this into a loop so that itappears that the performers are smiling eternally. In Taichung I then convinced shop owners on a busy commercial street to display the videos amongst their electronic products and so on during a two week period. Thus, this absurdly smiling figure would appear next to violent video games, screaming television programs, blaring radios etc.

[watch Escape Velocity]

Escape Velocity
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2001)

In a specifically built cubic shaped room 6 monitors were placed on the floors, walls and ceilings. In each monitor a separate loop of a performer jumping into the viewfinder of the video camera is played in random order. The monitors are oriented toward the floor, walls and ceiling so that the performer appears to be trying to smash through the limits of the architectural space. As well, each time the performer leaps into the view of the camera he chants the day of the week – Lundi, Mardi, Mercredi…. – in a further evocation of his desire to break out of the limits of time.