Please note that this opening is postponed until further notice to ensure the health and safety of our community to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
Mark Soo’s new multimedia art installation Twilight on the Edge of Town will bring an immersive installation of two large semi-transparent theatre projection screens, each representing background and foreground images. Through their interplay, viewers will see through the mesh of one screen onto the other as a succession of layers evocative of the phenomenon of parallax. The moving image work will feature animated images suggestive of both real and fictive landscapes and urban features: architectural forms familiar to the local area, neighbourhood buildings, street ephemera, weather phenomena, and plant life will be rendered in contrasting genres of “Tron-like” digital three-dimensional wireframes with rudimentary hand-shaded drawings. The installation includes a choreographed room lighting system that is synced to the two screens and a surreal voiceover along with fragments of electronic music.
Twilight on the Edge of Town continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of human vision and technology, and the relationship between reality and myth that underscore our understanding of history and contemporary culture. Together, the two versions of the project span a precisely conceived range of experiences and forms of participation, from the digital, decentralized, and fragmented to the embodied, singular, and experiential. Bringing together a poetic juxtaposition of visual and experiential phenomena, the work aims to guide audiences in exploring subjective associations to place, reality, and imagination, and the interpretation of events from the distant past to the speculative future.