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|It was fun
doing this piece, hiring a band to reproduce a Becaud song, renting
a replica gun, and simulating a car chase. I’m not sure what
this narrative was about. I wanted it to be more of a stream- of-consciousness
type of piece where you wander through a maze while different scenes
unfold. We started it in the museum with a little girl showing you
a picture of a dead man and ended it in the parking lot where the man
in the photo runs by you escaping the sounds of a gunshot.
opening camera screen blank
Janet Last night I dreamt
that I killed a man. It was in a hotel room, a single swift act that
disappeared as quickly as it had come. But I couldn’t stop the
feeling of guilt about doing it. Even as my eyes opened to the morning
light it was still with me.
have a camera in your hand. Hold it up. Point the camera where I point
it … at the chair, the painting. Now move it to the left.
scene fades up camera follows words, looking
at painting then pans left. little girl comes slowly upstairs staring
into camera, carrying something. she gets closer and stands in front
and then holds up a photo for you to see. it’s a photo of a man
lying on the ground. zoom into photo. image cuts to movement of video
of man lying on ground in parking lot. woman turns to run. two-second
shot, then quickly cut back to museum stairs from same viewpoint. woman
walks past as camera image gets up, moves up to window
Janet Do you see the stairs
in front of you, going up to the right. Get up. Follow the image on
the screen. Walk where I walk so we can stay together. Go up to the
landing. Stop here. Point the camera outside … now
over to the hotel. Zoom in. There’s a figure in the window.
camera zooms into window. a figure is standing at window. cut to a
scene inside the hotel room. the woman standing at the window turns
and walks past the bed where a man is lying reading. camera image cuts
back to outside of hotel windows then pans over to right
is an audio and video walk commissioned and produced by the Musée
d’Art Contemporain de Montréal in conjunction with its exhibition,
Janet Cardiff. A Survey of Works Including Collaborations with George
Bures Miller, that was organized by the P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
of New York. The museum is located in the heart of downtown Montréal
and is part of an architectural complex connected by an underground shopping
concourse that includes two other buildings that house major theaters.
The route of the walk begins on the second floor of the museum and proceeds
down to the first floor and the ground level. It continues through a corridor
that is usually reserved for employees, into the shopping concourse and
an adjacent parking garage before returning to the concourse and one of
the museum’s entrances.
|CARDIFF & MILLER
Video walk, 16 minutes, 40 seconds
Curated by Réal Lussier for Janet Cardiff. A Survey of Works Including
Collaborations with George Bures Miller (May 23 – September 8).
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada