This Saturday, the Salmon Arm Art Gallery welcomes internationally renowned artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures-Miller with an opening reception at 7 p.m.
The artists present two significant works: Experiment in F# Minor (2013), a mixed-media sound installation, and The Muriel Lake Incident 1999), a cinematic installation.
“This is a rare opportunity to see and experience contemporary Canadian art in an intimate setting in the B.C. Interior,” says curator Tracey Kutschker.
• Experiment in F# Minor On a large table sits a collection of bare speakers of all shapes and sizes. Light sensors are inlaid into the edge of the table and as the viewers move around the room, their shadows cause the various sound and instrumental tracks to fade up and overlap, mingle and fade down.
Numerous viewers in the room create a cacophony of musical compositions that vary according to where the audience walks or how many people are in the room. When the space is empty, the table fades to silence.
• The Muriel Lake Incident
The visitor stands in front of a large wooden box looking through a rectangular opening to see a miniature model of a cinema with grey, empty rows of seats, and a small projection screen onto which a film is being projected.
Listening on a pair of headphones they hear the three-dimensional (binaural) sounds of the film, a woman next to them talking and eating popcorn and a surprise ending including a gunshot and a frightened audience.
More information is available at www.salmonarmartscentre.ca/cardiffmiller. The artists will make a public presentation at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12 at the Salmar Classic Theatre. Admission is by donation. Summer gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.