2011-12 “Les Gestes Déplacées” Multi-Channel interactive Video Installation
The four main actors as well as volunteers from the various communities engaged in the “Lifestories” project now living in Montreal were filmed in a very formalized and cinematic setting. They were asked to choose from the short gestural video snippets we had analyzed and then asked to reproduce as many of them as possible with their own body. The actors, of course, had already done this, and they knew how to do it. The hope in asking volunteers to do the same without any practice was to provide us with unconscious gestural superpositions as they grappled with the task. There was no expectation and certainly no pressure towards any kind of perfection – people were simply asked to imitate other people’s movements as well they as could.