SOuvenir: a Recollection in Several Forms
The work was presented on the 31st floor of Park Place office tower. Although much of the building was occupied, this particular floor had never had a previous tenant. The piece consisted of several parts; a preliminary mailing, VideoPerfume, Murmurings, and Oratorio.
Souvenir/Oratorio: A piano soundboard surrounded by broken glass at the far corner of the space. Several audio speakers played back a soundtrack documenting the specific history of this piano:
The final phrase of a Chopin nocturne was followed by: the piano being slowly pried apart; the soundboard resonating underwater; a series of light arpeggios as rats ran across the strings; bell-like sounds as the piano was slowly heated by a propane bar followed by bright crackles and deep chords as the soundboard itself caught fire; and finally the explosion of a 357 magnum ripping through one of the strings. Each of the source recordings were edited into a musical structure, and the final composition played back as a 15 minute recital.
(1986), independent installation, 31st floor, Park Place Tower, Vancouver Canada
(1987), Songs of Experience, National Gallery, Ottawa Canada
curated by Diana Nemiroff and Jessisca Bradley
(1990) L'art d'Installation, Musee d'art Contemporain, Montréal Canada,
curated by Manon Blanchette. Currently held in permamnent collection of the Musee d'Art Contemporain