Jo-Anne Balcaen

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  • Photo of artwork by Jo-anne Balcaen

    installation view, Galerie B-312, Montreal, 2009

  • Photo of artwork by Jo-anne Balcaen

    installation view, Galerie B-312, Montreal, 2009

Pétard

2007 Single-channel video with sound, 3:24

Pétard pairs the visual drama of a fireworks display with an improvised drum solo, effectively paralleling the visual and aural intensity of both spectacles. To produce this video, a drummer was hired to improvise a three-and-a-half-minute drum solo in response to the various pyrotechnic effects of the fireworks. Slipping in and out of sync, and through varying degrees of intensity, the performance becomes a challenge in which the percussionist tries to keep up with the power and scale of the fireworks, or at least with the implied power and scale of how we know and understand them.

Exhibition history: Galerie B-312, Montréal (2009), Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s, NL (2011)


Pétard est une vidéo qui allie solo de batterie improvisé et feux d’artifice. Parfois synchronisée, parfois désynchronisée, passant par divers degrés d’intensité, l’interprétation devient un défi où le percussionniste essaie de suivre la composition pyrotechnique tout en créant son spectacle.

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