This Walk, These Steps

Jan Peacock

1995, 05:00 minutes, colour, English/French


This Walk, These Steps is an architectural work with a wall-sized rear video projection, two audio tracks, and a purpose-built corridor with a rampart slit. It was produced for the exhibition Present Tense at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and was subsequently purchased for the AGO collection.

In the video, blindfolded by a slowed view of strangers passing through a Paris garden, are the tightly framed faces of a male performer and a female performer, alternating in quick dissolves.

Using their tongues, the sightless performers push words printed on small slips of paper out of their mouths and onto a sheet of glass in front of them. The conversation deteriorates, and their fingers pinch, rake and pull words off the glass. There is a pattern of disintegration, of spewing forth and taking back, of approach rewarded only by withdrawal.

Performances by Gary Markle and Kirsten Forkert. Sound by Ken Mayfield.

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Critical Writing

Jan Peacock: Video as Experience
by Tim Dallet. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.