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Oliver Husain

moth maze

September 25, 2020
–October 9, 2020

Oliver Husain, moth maze, 2012. 6′, silent.

In moth maze the camera moves along a maze-like winding path, marked by lamps. The first location is an empty warehouse in downtown Toronto, the second a forest in Kerala, India. In both locations, the path of the camera and the position of the lamps are the same. Through the similarity of the camera movement and the placement of the lamps, the film connects these two otherwise unrelated places on different sides of the planet. It creates a portal between the two spaces, a playground for both insect and human viewers. Attracted to the light of the screen as day turns to night, our attention ricochets from twilight to lamplight.*

This video has been selected as part of a programmatic take-over by independent curator Daisy Desrosiers. 

* Warning: stroboscopic effects are used in this video, people with epilepsy or photosensitivity should be careful.

Camera IRIS NG, AMITH SURENDRAN
Set design BOJANA STANCIC
Production assistants SAIF AZMI, MATT SMITH;
Produced by Nuit Blanche Toronto
Special thanks to HELENA RECKITT and Gallery Susan Hobbs 

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