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Diane Morin
From May 11th 2007 to June 16th 2007
Effondrements

Diane Morin continues her exploration of light with "Effondrements", an audio and visual projection interlacing short sound-bursts with similarly brief illuminations of shadows and objects. An explosion marks each event : a percussive sound accompanying the appearance of a shape as it suddenly emerges from darkness and, just as suddenly, disappears. Is this really a collapse (effondrement) or the repeated staging of a failure ? The video answers the question.

Early on, Morin was interested in the shadows cast by moving objects that she had created, in the traces they left while moving, and in documenting their unpredictable trajectories on photo-sensitive paper in a series of photograms (Axenéo7, 2006). She drew complex sketches from them, tracing the slow, regular movements of her anthropomorphic kinetic devices onto the gallery walls (Circa, 2005). Wishing to move or reanimate inanimate elements (Daïmõn, 2006) and fascinated with the effects of light gliding over objects and their resulting transformation, Morin, in "Effondrements", continues her investigation of light as revelatory agent : shadow, trace, print, image, form, movement. The black and the white of the projected image accentuates its photographic dimension (here, literally an inscription through light).

In commenting "Effondrements", the artist speaks of events. They are certainly tragic, as the object vanishes as soon as it appears. But they are also disappointing — the anticipated destruction of the light —revealed object never comes about. Despite the explosion, nothing blows up, nor is anything destroyed. In an exemplary photographic moment, the explosion here serves only to make visible an object lying still in the darkness and to reveal it as an image of that object disappearing before our eyes. In "Effondrements", Diane Morin clearly demonstrates her penchant for the non-spectacular. She turns our attention toward a series of anti-events, where a silent wait in obscurity leads to a tale of repeated vanishings.
- Nicole Gingras, April 3, 2007

Originally from the region of Kamouraska, Diane Morin lives and works in Montréal. Since 1998, she has been creating kinetic, sound and video installations. Some of her recent activities include participating in Sound + Vision, Collaborative Creative Residency, at the Banff Centre (2005), carrying out a solo show at Circa in Montreal (2005) and participating in the exhibition Meanderings at DAÏMÕN and AXENÉO7 in Gatineau (2006). In 2007, she has also shown her work at Mercer Union in Toronto and at the gallery Rotor 2, Valand School of Arts, Göteborg, Sweden.

Bibliographie
- Mavrikakis, Nicolas, «Et la lumière fut», Voir, 31 mai 2007.