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"Jocelyn Robert: Catarina and Other Recent Works"
2002-09-14 until 2002-10-19
"The audio and video works presented at Oboro
were produced over the past two years. With this
work, I am trying to seize words lost at the back of my
mind, a fleeting memory that is resurfacing, a sudden
alignment of obstacles that stand before my eyes—I
am interested in banalystics, in the everyday trajecto-ry
of common human beings. What I am looking for
is the moment when things come to a standstill."
And, of course, things go very vast. However, despite
cellular phones, fourth left-lane overtaking and fast
food, a single shifting gaze will make things slow
down, creating small recesses in time. Time might be
like a river running under a bridge, but the first sailor
will tell you that a current is made of whirlpools,
cross-currents, turbulence and still waters—time is
not the same everywhere.
I am trying to create small whirlpools that will stay
still in the current.
Jocelyn Robert is a multidisciplinary artist from Quebec City.
Known for his research into audio art, he has published seven solo
records, participated in twenty others, presented installations and
performances in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, as a solo artist or
with others such as Diane Landry and Émile Morin or with collectives
like Bruit TTV and Le Grand Orchestre d’Avatar. In 1993 he
founded the artist-run centre Avatar, in Quebec City, which he
directed until 2001. In February 2002 he received the New Image
First Award at the media arts international festival Transmediale in
Berlin, for his video installation L’Invention des Animaux.