The Butterfly Effect, Galerie Bourget, Montréal, Quebec, 1988, and The Niagara Artist’ Centre, Sainte Catherines, Ontario, 1990.
This multi-media installation was comprised of drawings on paper; drawings on the wall and floor; wall objects, slide projections and two sound tapes. No immediate whole was suggested. Rather, connections between the disparate elements could be mapped as the viewer completed the work.
Using new physics as a metaphor throughout, I proposed a kind of randomness, and a location of interstices against closure. The installation was about the potential harmony and/or discord between elements of images/texts/sounds and literal objects, and the play of these elements in discursive fields.
There were two prepared sound sources. Each a non-stop audiotape loop. One six-minute tape used eight layers of electronically processed sounds from the natural order, including silence and music (Cindy Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna’ Have Fun). These sounds were played into the air to be heard (quietly) in any part of the gallery. The second twelve-minute tape was optional (with earphones). Portions of scientific texts were adapted, altered and fragmented. Pauses of varying lengths permitted easy entry and exit from the spoken words in ways which could equally indicate the discontinuity of perceptions.