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Nelly-Ève Rajotte
From January 15th 2011 to February 19th 2011
ei

A member of Perte de Signal since 2003, Nelly-Ève Rajotte pursues her sensory work in sound and video installations. Deconstructed natural and city landscapes unfold on an "electro-organic" musical backdrop. The soundtracks, shimmering reflections mirroring the structure of the moving images, leave their own visual traces. "ei", a new work inspired by the paintings of Edward Ruscha, is her purest expression to date, as she continues her investigations of the concepts of the double, of abandonment, and of disappearance in an immersive environment that sounds out the mythical spaces of the American desert.

Long panoramic shots gradually invest the entire screen area. They stream by in horizontal bands, a layered composition suggesting geological strata (sedimentation) as much as a well-asserted formalism. Beyond these references, the fragmented surface, the proliferation of points of view, and the extension of actions into some of the images themselves all accentuate the impossibility of fully grasping the original motifs. A few fragments preserved in memory reveal the artist’s translations; despite the sense of spatial and temporal unity suggested by the presentation, one can trace a number of landscapes therein. That said, captured scenes are arranged and reframed without further intervention, (re)activating various natural occurrences as binding elements: the winding tracks of roads and mountain ridges, sparse vegetation emerging from multi-tonal drifts of sand… The artist preserves their spareness and intrinsic poetry, focusing on the intuitively inspiring—immensity, emptiness, silence—, an experience and expectation she strives to transcribe into music.

The enveloping soundscape plunges visitors into an uncertain universe, a troubling atmosphere that injects the video images with narrative tension. Notes, sussurations, and cracklings suggest buzzing insects, footfalls, atmospheric rumblings. Finally, the installational setup allows Rajotte to pursue her interrogation of the interactions between spectator and art work: projections are located in a constrained space, forcing visitors to move. According to the artist, this movement within the work becomes a part of the temporal plotline, much like a shot sequence.
- Geneviève Bédard

The artist thanks The Canada Council for the Arts and Perte de signal.

"ei" is the focus of radio interviews on The In Situ show aired on CIBL and The Espace Visuel show (CINQ FM 102,3).
Nelly-Ève Rajotte's Interview on The In Situ show (In Situ, Februray 2th 2011)
Nelly-Ève Rajotte's Interview on Espace Visuel show (Espace Visuel, Februray 10th 2011)



After a first bachelor’s degree in art history, Nelly-Ève Rajotte went for a second in visual and media arts at UQAM, followed by a master’s in 2006. Besides a number of exhibitions in Quebec—at the SAT, Fonderie Darling, Parisian Laundry, Occurrence, Clark, and Oeil de Poisson, among several others—, her work has appeared in festivals throughout Europe, Russia, and Mexico.