+ Programming + Archives Décades + News + Publications + Support Optica + Info

Décades

Exhibition

Years
1972 | 1973 | 1974 | 1975 | 1976 | 1977 | 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 |

Index of artists, authors and curators

| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z |

OPTICA Fonds (Concordia University Archives)

Guidebooks to help in consulting the archives

Electronic Reproduction Fees





Janet Cardiff
From February 22nd 1996 to March 24th 1996
To Touch

Speaking of Touch

"Sounds can drench our imaginations with vivid associations, just as images can reverberate sonorously. This merging of the aural and optical is echoed in Janet Cardiff’s audio installations. She indulges several senses, resisting contemporary culture’s privileging of the visual – a sanction which leaves the corporeal body undeservedly neglected. Relinquishing this illusory entitlement, your body is summoned to touch, to listen, to enter a theater of desire, to cross the threshold of voyeurism and enter the imaginary. By listening in on Cardiff’s intonations, your imagination contributes to an underlying visual component. You are lured by the dramatic lighting and seduced by expectations of narrative fulfillment; only to be suspended among her fugues. There is never one point of view disclosed in these tales of lust, loss and conflict. Her sentences seek to grasp the sensory world through a commitment to language and the sundry essence of experience. Relationships are rewritten in terms of giving and receiving, listening and voicing. Listening pervades Cardiff’s productions as intimate, and potentially erotic, encounter. Thechnology is divertedto accommodate our desires rather than dictate or detect them."
-Laurel Woodcock, catalogue essay Janet Cardiff, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, 1994.
- Press Release (Optica)

Janet Cardiff was born in Brussels, Ontario. She received a B.F.A from Queen’s University and an M.V.A at the University of Alberta. Her installations have been exhibited at many galleries including, The Power Plant Gallery, The Edmonton Art Gallery, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, The Nickle Arts Museum, YYZ, Western Front, The Walter Phillips Gallery, and Randolph St. Gallery (Chicago). "To Touch" was recently exhibited in Zurich, Switzerland. She will be producing a site specific piece for the Louisiana Museum in Denmark in May ’96. Cardiff lives and works in Lethbridge, AB.