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The Paradise Institute, 2001

Janet Cardiff; George Bures Miller
Canadian, 1960
DVD player, video projector, electronic controls, amplifier, film screen, 16 headsets, 13:00 minute digital video disk (DVD), 16 theatre seats, synthetic carpet, halogen and incandescent lamps, wood, plywood, retail trade oil paint, polystyrene and fabric
3 x 12 x 5.1 m
Gift of an anonymous donor, 2002
National Gallery of Canada (no. 41156)

Originally conceived for the 49th Venice Biennale, "The Paradise Institute" blends the realms of sculpture, video, and sound with an understanding of cinematic conventions in order to immerse the viewer in a highly inventive and disorienting multimedia installation that stimulates consciousness and excites sensory experience. By means of an original 13-minute DVD projection with individual stereo headphones that creates a personalized "surround sound" for each member of the audience. "The Paradise Institute" explores the boundaries between reality and fiction.




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The principal concerns in our work (0 min 21 sec)

The materials enable us to build works that question reality (0 min 48 sec)

A playful illusion (0 min 48 sec)

Confusion of the senses (0 min 34 sec)

The Paradise Institute (1 min 27 sec)

Collaboration (0 min 57 sec)

Script Development (0 min 40 sec)

Box-like structures and cinema simulators (1 min 11 sec)

A long line of discussion about three dimensional space (1 min 27 sec)

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