Visible Silence | Silencio Visible

Montreal, Canada 2006

Visible Silence (excerpt) 2006. Participatory performance and immersive multimedia installation Hexagram Black Box, Montreal, Québec, Canada
Could the use of technology in experimental art situations enable an empathic immediacy to displacement stories?

Visible Silence 2006, 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 with the disappearances and 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 served 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 Mapa de Memorias| Map of Memories: an art project conceived by Livia Daza-Paris focused on experiences of forced displacement. It was presented in the Graduate show in Digital Technologies in Design Art program at Concordia University, Montreal, 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 Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques.
Images of installation and performance. Hexagram Black Box, Montreal, Québec, May 2006