Missing Parade Notes

Valerie LeBlanc

2012, 03:58 minutes, colour, English or French version available


A summer parade opening the Calgary Stampede celebrations, July 6, 2001 is presented in triplicate. The visuals provide a focus for reflection on events that only weeks later marked changed levels of social innocence.

Missing Parade Notes was assembled and edited into a short video documenting highlights of the parade. Slow motion and colour treatment were added to age the footage. The result is reminiscent of archived film footage from an earlier time. The video was then assembled in triplicate as a base to carry the poetry text. Recently composed, the text message appears to have been added using analogue typewriter technology. Overall, the intention is to bridge the time disconnect and to verbalize current thoughts toward past events. The audio component is a mixed cacophony of music and cheering rising up to the spectator.

Le défilé du 6 juillet 2001du
Calgary Stampede est reproduit en multiple de trois. Les images, tournées quelques semaines avant les événements du 11 septembre 2001, deviennent le centre d’une focalisation et d’une réflexion sur un moment pivot dans l’Histoire. Quelques semaines après cette parade, d’apparence anodine, l’innocence sociale ne serait plus jamais la même.

Les images ont été ralenties et vieillies. Le résultat n'est pas sans rappeler les films d’archives. Les textes quant à eux ont été écrits en 2012 et apparaissent dans la vidéo comme des brides écrites à la machine à écrire.

L’intention est de rapprocher cette disjonction temporelle entre les choses et de verbaliser un état d’esprit présent vis-à-vis des évènements passés. La bande audio est une cacophonie de musique et d’applaudissement.

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