Reader by the Window

Jan Peacock

1993, 15:37 minutes, colour, English/French


Drawing on a personal archive of video landscape walks recorded over a six year period in Canada, Japan, France, England and the U.S., Reader By The Window simulates a narrative of apparently continuous passage and pursuit. Threshold and exit points from one space into another are simultaneously marked and erased by an aural narrative of associative sound, invention and recollection. What is passed through is history, the space of perptual departure; What opens before us is memory, the space of perpetual return.

"Tirant profit de notre capacité à se souvenir de moments et sites divers en même temps que de notre cpacité à se projeter dans des temps et des lieux autres, Jan Peacock met en scène l'impossibilité de notre présence immédiate au monde. Elle cherche alors à créer chez le spectateur, par les brouillages et les changements de niveaux de langage et parfois même de langues, une présence à soi entièrement façonnée par ces faits linguistiques, mais transcendant malgré tout leurs conventions respectives." (tiré d'un communiqué écrit par Marie Perrault, conservatrice d'une exposition présentée à la galerie Oboro)

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Critical Writing

Video art, and how to survive it: It confounds most viewers, so...
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, Mar. 6, 2002.
A Conversation Between a Reader and a Writer
by Kenna Manos. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.
Jan Peacock: Video as Experience
by Tim Dallet. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.
Wendy Landry on the video installations of Jan Peacock: Attempts...
by Wendy Landry. C Magazine, Winter 2000, no. 67/68.
Canadian Currents
Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.
Jan Peacock
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Jan Peacock: Video Artist, Installation Artist
by Roger Matuz. Contemporary Canadian Artists, 1997. Toronto: Gale Canada, 1997.
Jan Peacock video weaves issues of memory and mobility
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 6, 1995, v. 14, no. 32.
Day makes it happen on electronic canvas: Video artist at the...
by Elissa Barnard. Halifax Chronicle Herald, July 1993.