Passing Time [3m], 2012
Every image of this monochromatic animation was created in a white space with transparent adhesive tape. The script is improvised, stemming out of the experience of the moment. Shifting between performance, collage, drawing, sculpture and video, this allegorical work identifies the void through gesture and light. Thus, Passing Time makes visible the gap that simultaneously connects and separates us from the real.
Cactus Sandrine [2m 59s], 2012
A rumour heard in several cities claims that if an overpopulation of tramps or itinerant characters occurs, the city offers them, for all sort of strange reasons, a one-way ticket to another city. Thus, a special program in Brussels enables Sandrine, a street scientist, to go save the world from harmful broadcasts, starting with Liege…
Deserted Desert [2m 30s], 2012
Deserted Desert is a short contemplative video, with no soundtrack, which questions the mobility of video and the fixity of photography. A slide appears on a black background, its white frame acting as a second frame in the video. In the centre, the transparent film displays a desert scene, animated by silhouettes projected onto it. The superposition of images forms a trace needing to be reconstructed, as the video’s elements would not be connected, if it wasn’t for their visual appearance.
The Red Dragon [2m 20s], 2012
An advertising screen projects a bright animation into an urban space. The light’s presence enhances the mysterious aspect of the place. Contemplative in nature, the sequence of images and the brief appearance of characters suggest a few narrative tracks. Gradually, the places explored dematerialize and extricate themselves from their original context. Mis en abîme (placed into the abyss) they occur in a new space: a screen within a screen.
Swing [1m 3s], 2012
Balloons roll. Streamers colour the ground. Remnants from a party. Where are we? A woman. A man. For them, the dance continues. Bodies meet once more. One guides, the other learns. Who is showing who? A hat passes from head to head, the feminine and the masculine forming a harmonious duality. Domination gives way to mutual exchange and equilibrium.
Making good use of their shared neighbourhood and common patronage of the arts, Georges Laoun Opticien and OBORO have come together to create this prize. Four finalists will receive $100 in cash, and the winner will be offered a prize of $500 in cash and $1500 of access to OBORO's New Media Lab equipment and studios.
The five finalists’ videos will be screened in the storefront of Georges Laoun Opticien located at 4012 Saint-Denis Street in Montreal through October 31, in the purpose of bringing new media art into the community of the Plateau Mont-Royal.
The winner will be announced at the launch cocktail on October 25 at 6:30 pm.
Georges Laoun Opticien was awarded the 2010 prix Art-Affaires by the Montreal Arts Council for the involvement in this project. The prize will return next year: have a look on the call for proposals!