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Myriam Yates
From November 7th 2009 to December 12th 2009
Syntoniser - Night park

Myriam Yates has developed a rapport with the image that shows an attachment to the screen, along with a marked interest for cinematic images whose forms of recording and retrieval are countercurrent to a digital approach. With each exhibition of her work, Yates further complicates this rapport, prompting us to dwell on both the narrative elements and the formal aspects of the images produced, which stage different qualities of video and film. In the gallery, she juxtaposes two spaces and temporalities from a single fiction : a now demolished hotel complex and drive-in cinema.

Yates makes frequent use of the still image in this series, placing us before moments suspended in time. A sad, melancholic sense of wandering emanates from the images, along with a sweeping vision of abandoned, obsolete venues, in city centres, or on their outskirts. It is difficult to distinguish what they represent from the source of an affective response, particularily our sense of space and time.

Both the presence of nature in these spaces – marking a passage of time – as well as the architectural references in the landscape are decisive factors in the construction of this affect. Their indicial nature informs us on the subject of the experience, the origin of the narrative, and the site of a vanishing symbolic activity which stirs in us a consciousness we identify with.

Several temporalities coexist within the image. They are accentuated further by the effects of superimposition. Yates is not only interested in the screen as a projection surface, but also with what surrounds it. She directs our attention to the youthful users and seasonal activity of an open-air cinema, which she documents together with the phased demolition of a hotel complex. Her images, thus layered and deconstructed, meld into a recomposed (non-)space.
- Marie-Josée Lafortune

«Syntoniser - Night park» is the subject of an article by Sylvain Campeau, Intrusion et transition (ETC, june 2010).

Born in Montreal in 1971, Myriam Yates works with photography and video installation. She documents and reflects upon public spaces and the many relationships we have with them. Her projects have been shown at the Mois de la Photo à Montréal, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, and at various events, including the Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin.

The artist wishes to thank Ciné-Parc Orford and the City of Sherbrooke.


Bibliographie
- Campeau, Sylvain, «Intrusion et transition forcée», ETC, no 90, juin 2010, p. 48-49.