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Shifts and Transfers: On some tendencies in Canadian video

by Nicole Gingras

Shifts and Transfers. On some tendencies in Canadian video, Mar. 28, 2003

Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, 2003

Shifts and Transfers explores the video image in its relation to movement and the concept of translation. Translation, in the context of the exhibition, is understood as a making visible: a transversal movement associated with actual or metaphorical shifts. The exhibition brings together eighteen (18) artists that examine and express the suspension of activity required for observation, the singular links between sound, image and place and the importance of oral communication. It consists of three (3) installations and nineteen (19) videos that are both color and black and white. The videos are divided into four (4) groups : Space and Perception, The Colour of the Voice, Time Passes and Rituals in Waiting. The exhibition immerses the visitor in multiple images that explore the fluidity and mutability of video, as a form itself, as well as experience, the gaze, memory and the process of making visible.

ITEM 2003.035 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Delicate IssueKate Craig

En attendant la pluie/Waiting for the RainMichele Waquant

Rest and Be ThankfulDonna James

The Thickness of GuidanceDonna James