Visible Silence

Montréal, Québec 2006

Visible Silence (excerpt) 2006

Participatory performance and immersive multimedia installationHexagram Black Box. Montreal, Québec, Canada

Visible Silence explores intersections of lives affected by war displacement through shared and personal memories in a responsive-media environment and audience participation. It is focused on the female experience because women are often left behind to confront the deaths of their partners and children. The work explores how and where memories may be 'stored' in the body and what their physical and energetic manifestations could be. It weaves parallel worlds between memory, emotions, and imagination.  

Visible Silence serves as an impermanent memorial of open-ended rituals 'to listen' to what is challenging to articulate in the face of human loss from state violence. 

This experiment was part of my project, Map of Memories, focused on experiences of forced displacement. It was presented in the Graduate Show in Digital Technologies in Design Art program at Concordia University, Montreal, in 2006. 

Special thanks to my collaborators Sha, Xin Wei, Dominique Fontaine, Benoît Lachambre, Leila Saliba, Marla Dillabough, Valeria Taranto and Jay Short, Pablo Bonacina, Luciane Pinto, Carlos Brizuela, Marc Boucher, Reena Almoneda-Chang and Penny Burton.

Created with support from the Topological Media Lab, par b.l.eux Dance Company, Canada Arts Council and the Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques.

Visible Silence 2006

Installation and performanceHexagram Black Box. Montreal, Québec, May 2006