Visible Silence | Silencio Visible

Montreal, Canada, 2006

Visible Silence, 2006. Participatory performance and immersive multimedia installation. Hexagram Black Box, Montreal, Québec, Canada

How could the use of technology in experimental artistic environments enable a telling of stories of displacement? And, could it bring us to a certain immediacy of those experiences?

Visible Silence 2006 explores the intersections of lives affected by war displacement through shared and personal memories in a responsive-media environment. It is focused on the female experience because women are left behind with the disappearances and deaths of their partners and children more often than not. The artistic research explores how and where memories may be 'stored' in the body and what their physical or energetic manifestations could be.

The performance weaves the parallel worlds between memory, emotions and imagination. Another aspect of the work was the creation of ‘environments' as sensorial shelters.

This artwork is an impermanent memorial and open-ended ritual. It is a performativity of listening to what often is challenging to communicate in the face of human loss from state violence.

Visible Silence was presented in the Graduate Certificate show in Digital Technologies in Design Art program at Concordia University, Montreal. This artistic experiment was part of Mapa de Memorias| Map of Memories, an art project focused on forced displacement experiences conceived by Livia Daza-Paris.

Many thanks for support from the Topological Media Lab at Concordia University, par b.l.eux Dance Company, Canada Arts Council and Centre Interuniversitaire des Arts Médiatiques.

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

Visible Silence is a many-media immersive installation, including MAX/jitter responsive video and audience participation.

All images are from the installation and performance at the Hexagram Black Box, Montreal, Québec, May 2006.

Interview with Livia Daza-Paris during rehearsal.