17 Days


Day 12 | Sylvie Bélanger
December 20, 2007, 12:30 am
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My work stems from a nomadic aesthetic, immersing images, sounds and the visitor in a sort of collage. It’s a collage, which constantly redefines ambling spaces, through aimless video loops combined with sounds and silences that interrupt the flow of images. It’s a collage that deploys a resistance to fix defined positions, both in space and in time. The fluidity of the visual and sound spaces sets the stage for a view of the subject, which is in a state of constantly becoming. It is a vagrancy, where my motive force, is a visual and auditory movement, one that affectively rests in the viewer and never on the screen. It orients, disorients, links and ruptures sound and image in fluid variations, one that loops in the end, as discontinuously as any contemporary attempt at fixing in time or space our personal subjectivity.

The work originates in an investment of the subject as agent, meaning a multiplicity and multidimensionality of its positions in relation to art’s discourse, its investment and of its political powers to resist, to criticize and to contradict. It is a space evoked by but also remote from structures, language and articulated experience. It’s a dialectic space between presence and absence, which I like to call “ailleurs” (the elsewhere) – a space situated at the intersection between the real and its metaphor. In this context, I will say that Art is largely social for me because it resuscitates again and again, our fears or desires, our hopes and anxieties, recording through itself our struggles as people who are acting at once in relationships to each other and living in a world that has its own relationships.

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Dé_Libération, 3:42 mins

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Sylvie Bélanger – Toronto Canada

www.sylviebelanger.com

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The introspective thought throughout this video was great, letting you in on the pressures and worries connected to the person speaking and the world and it was pretty amusing to listen to.

Comment by Jesse Thompson

It was interesting as I watched the video how much I thought about blood, as it was fading from the landscape scene to the red shirt, it was as if the world was turning into blood, this was the first idea I had, to associate red automatically with blood, this makes me wonder how has my mind been conditioned so that red=blood?

Comment by Mary

The imagery was interesting, and I enjoyed the way it looped. It felt very much like a mental loop that the person in the video couldn’t get off of.

Comment by Maikeru




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