Video installation presented in "Nuit Blanche 11", at The Metropolitan United Church of Toronto, (2011)

Using video and sound, Ascension is an experience of a mise en abyme, an exploration of infinity, inside the Metropolitan United Church. Hayeur is known for work that responds adequately to a site and engages sensory perceptions in space. This work seeks to explore the body's experience and the sensory effects of sacred architecture. A video projection onto a large vertical screen creates the impression that the nave of the church extends endlessly along a winding path. Variations of the video are presented in sequence. A sound environment based on ambient noise and electronic music, composed by Nicolas Bernier, sets a different atmosphere for each sequence. The installation draws attention to the architecture of the church and provides visual and auditory experience of spatiality. The images and soundscape are a response to the qualitative dimensions of the space and echoes the architecture of the church. Visitors are immersed in an experience of transcendent acoustic and visual journey.

Shirley Madill curator

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Computer, video projector, sound system

Directing & editing: Isabelle Hayeur
Sound design: Nicolas Bernier
3D animation: Jean-François Gauthier
MAX MSP programming: Marie-Hélène Parant
Assistant: Frédéric Saia

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