THE NOVELS OF ELSGÜER

EPISODE 4

CAMOUFLAGED SCREAMS 

 

Optica - Centre d'Art Contemporain

Montreal, Canada

April  3 - June 12, 2021

[forthcoming]

 

Camouflaged Screams is an interactive installation exploring the (a)symbiotic relationship between humans and the natural environment. This augmented experience incorporates large scale panoramic video projections of a recorded performance with textile pieces, along with motion sensors, enveloping soundscapes, lighting setups and sculptural elements. As the audience moves around the installation, their movements have the capacity to alter the images and sounds in the space, asking viewers to reflect on how their presence and actions have a direct effect on the environments that surround them.

 

The title of the work refers to the idea of how a tense and atrophied relationship between body and environment can lead to a frustration that is both palpable yet invisible. Even as the natural environment shows signs of not being able to sustain our belligerent economy, the screams of the land and the affected communities, still go unheard. Take for instance the case of COVID-19, among other environmental crises, which stem from the failure to regard human and nature as equal. This audio visual experience calls for a conscious relationship with the environments that surround us.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.