video installation, 2006-8, loop
Family Re-Semblance is a multi-screen video installation where a series of small LCD screens play video reconstructions of actual family photographs. The videos are long-take duration performance in which each actor performs stillness. They are then seamlessly looped and played through small screens disguised with typical photo frames. In each image, I am costumed as one of my family members – a family riddled with divorce. When I impersonate certain members of my family, I am playing on a surface that is not necessarily of the same genetic heritage and yet these people still inform the lineage of my family. Installed together, each of these videos take on an eerie quality that is almost zombie-like; an apt metaphor for these recreations of moments past.
This project has exhibited as part of the installation entitled Living Documents.
Performances: Robert Lendrum, Jacqueline van de Geer, Adèle Charlebois, Rachel McKay, Stacey Lundeen
Director of Photography: John Londoño, Vincent Lafrance, Stefanie Brantner
Editor: Robert Lendrum
Set Director: Zahra Peal
Technical Design: Robert Canali
This project is produced with the financial assistance of the Ontario Arts Council.
2011 Living Documents. Eyelevel Gallery. Halifax, NS.
2009 Living Documents. Ryerson Gallery. Toronto, ON.
2008 Cake on the Icing. Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Centre. Toronto, ON.
Exhibition Essays and Press
McCormick, Katy. “Scene as Space Across Time: Presence, Passage and Transition”. Blackflash Vol. 25, No. 3, 2008. p. 8-21.
Dacey, Shaun. “Cake on the Icing”. exhibition essay. Interacess Electronic Media Arts Centre. July 11 – August 9, 2008.
Moser, Gabrielle. “Night of the Living Documents”. exhibition essay. Eyelevel Gallery. November 4, 2011 – December 10, 2011. reprinted from IMA Gallery (formerly Ryerson Gallery).
Dahms, David. “Potato Salad Radio Show”, CKDU radio, 88.1 FM, Halifax, Nova Scotia. November 19, 2011, Episode 22.
Forsythe, Jamie. “Faking Life”, The Coast, November 3, 2011.
Wu, Yan. “Review: Cake on the Icing”. City Pictorial, Vol. 215, No. 17, 2008. (Chinese)