Montréal-based media artist Frédéric Lavoie was commissioned by SAW Video to create a site-specific exhibition responding to the space of Arts Court. The resulting project, Fantomatique, is an immersive multi-disciplinary spectacle that investigates the history of the building as the former site of the Carleton County Courthouse and Jail. Through video, audio, photography, drawing and sculpture, Lavoie’s project shows how the building’s history lingers on in the present day, how the old architecture occasionally reveals itself, and how the old aura of discipline and surveillance can still sometimes be detected. Various elements of the exhibition invite viewers to take on the role of a prison guard by asking them to look closely at small details and be aware of aberrations in the normal order of things. In addition to its history as a courthouse, Arts Court also has a reputation for being haunted, and Fantomatique uses the idea of ghosts as a metaphor for the ways in which the past can return to infiltrate the present. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a video that weaves a path through air ducts, drain pipes and cracks in the walls, taking the viewer on a trip around the site that only a phantom could accomplish. In addition to regular gallery hours, this exhibition will also be open to the public on the night of September 22nd, the inaugural edition of Nuit Blanche Ottawa.

August 24th – September 29th 2012
Vernissage: August 24th 2012, 7pm – 11pm
Galerie SAW Gallery, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa
Free Admission

Presented with the support of Galerie SAW Gallery
Thank you to Art Engine, H.I. Ottawa Jail Hostel, City Hall Art Gallery, Daimon, ARBORETUM music+arts festival


L'espace et image : une classe de maître avec Frédéric Lavoie
September 5th 2012, 7pm – 10pm
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa
$25 / Limited to 15 participants

In this French-language masterclass, media artist Frédéric Lavoie will share his insights into the practice of creating video-based installations and site-specific projects. He will discuss how to use video images and projections effectively to transform the viewer’s experience of space, and how to make use of the space of the exhibition itself as a creative element. Participants are encouraged to bring their own plans and designs for installation projects with them so that Lavoie can offer feedback, advice and tips. Lavoie has created video installation and site-specific projects for Cinémathèque québécoise (Montréal), La Bande Vidéo (Québec), InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre (Toronto), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton), Galerie Plein sud (Longueuil) and many others. This masterclass is presented by SAW Video in conjunction with the exhibition Fantomatique which runs August 24 -September 29 in Galerie SAW Gallery.



Currents from the Other Shore: The Videos of Frédéric Lavoie
September 6th 2012, 9pm – 11pm 
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa
Pay What You Can

SAW Video and Available Light Screening Collective will co-present this special screening of Lavoie’s older videos. For this screening, Lavoie has personally created a ‘supercut’ of his past work that weaves together fragments and extracts from his single-channel videos and video elements from earlier installations into a fluid, illuminating whole. The result is a surreal, engrossing trip into a world where magic and illusion permeate the mundane. Lavoie’s videos ask us to look and listen closely for the tiny interventions that can transform the everyday into something both unsettling and beautiful. The artist will be present to introduce and discuss his work.

Presented with the support of Galerie SAW Gallery

Thank you : Artengine, H.I. Ottawa Jail Hostel, City Hall Art Gallery, Daimon, ARBORETUM music+arts festival


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