Steel Rails 2017

Being part of Steel Rails again was a great experience. This year I created an interactive installation that included a small projected animation onto an assembled witches tent. Participants would join me in participating in a new moon ritual every half hour.

Opaque Projector Live Animation
This live animation was created using an opaque projector. It accompanies the music of Toronto’s own Pressgang Mutiny at ArtCave’s Shindig, May 23, 2014. All images were created and animated by ArtCave’s Naz Rahbar and Elfie Kalfakis.

Ignus Fatuus

ig·nus fat·u·us : A phosphorescent light that hovers or flits over swampy ground at night.

The premise of this project was to create a resonant chamber that expressed the acoustical experience of particular song.
St. Germain’s song Montego Bay Spleen is a form of modern electronic jazz. A landscape was created using standard sewing pins imbedded in a incandescently lit slab of glycerine. The piece resonates the repose and discomfort experienced while listening to the song. The combination of the hazy, yet warm glycerine and the deceivingly soft pinned landscape, creates the machine-meets human quality typically heard in St. Germain’s music.

Project done in collaboration with Sara Navrady and Christina Kalt


Subconscious Mapping
The inspiration for this piece came from classic children stories like Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland or Frank Baum and W.W. Denslow’s Wizard of Oz. A child falls into an alternate reality of adventure, left to battle monsters, confront bizarre characters and solve riddles. At the story’s end, the adventure is merely a fictious dream, not to be taken seriously. This piece attempts to map a subconscious reality experienced through various guided imagery and mediation exercises.

The piece was installed onto the walls of a corridor. It represents a map of various scenes imagined during guided imagery and meditation exercises.  Each scene was created digitally and modeled into a diorama using a foam medium to create a 3-Dimensional effects. The pieces were then brought together using a selection of pushpins connected by strings. Red, green, white and clear pushpins were used to illustrate different types of confrontations found on the map. The position of the strings, pushpins and choice of push pin colour were also placed based on impulsive movements caused while listening to music played during previous meditation exercises. The music used while creating this piece helped connect to an intuitive creative process that was guided by the subconscious.