Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller The Paradise Institute A unique sound experience

Ottawa, Canada - June 27, 2002


 « Janet Cardiff et George Bures Miller - The Paradise Institute Une expérience unique s'articulant autour du sens de l'ouïe »  

Last year Janet Cardiff's unique sound sculpture, Forty-Part Motet, earned her the National Gallery of Canada's Millennium Prize. Cardiff returns to the National Gallery this year with the multimedia installation she created with her husband, George Bures Miller, which received international recognition at the 2001 Venice Biennale and was awarded one of the jury's Special Prizes. Janet Cardiff, George Bures Miller and the National Gallery of Canada invite visitors to experience The Paradise Institute from June 28 to September 2, 2002.

Over the past fifteen years, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have created, separately and together, sound pieces and visual installations of increasing sophistication that change the way we relate to our immediate surroundings. Their characteristic, disturbing manipula-tions of reality in personalized spaces are rapidly earning these two artists a significant reputation both in and outside the arts community.

The multimedia, cinematic experience of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's The Paradise Institute alters our understanding of a familiar experience - the movies. Because movies must be accessible to a wide audience, they are not overly personal or poetic. The Paradise Institute eliminates this distancing by inviting visitors into the balcony seats of a "movie theatre." Wearing headphones, viewers watch a turbulent 13-minute film, with rapidly changing images and a vaguely threatening plot. The binaural sound is punctuated with interruptions from the "audience."

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller have created a highly charged atmosphere that immerses the viewer in a reality not quite separated from that which we believe we live in - a space between two states of consciousness that we usually do not distinguish until we are suddenly jolted awake.

Ultimately, the genius of The Paradise Institute lies in the continual opposition of the artifice of the cinema experience and personal perceptions, and the fleeting revelations of reality. Visitors to the National Gallery of Canada will have the opportunity to be a part of this intriguing experience from June 28 to September 2, 2002.

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