435 King Street East, Cambridge, ON
(ˈproʊ dʒɛkt) (prəˈdʒɛkt)
There is always a trickery in film... maybe in all art. That is what Gary Kirkham is exploring in his residency. By using “old school” film techniques and live projections, he hopes to trick at least a few eyes.
I have always been fascinated by special effects before the digital revolution, where worlds were created using miniatures, painted glass and various optical illusions. I love the tactile authenticity which digital effects cannot replicate. And rather than recording them and projecting on a screen, I plan to create them live and project on 3D objects, floors, and bodies so that, at some point, the audience does not know whether what they are looking at is real, a projection or both.
As a theatre artist, I have used projection but always in service to a story. This residency allows me to explore projections for their own qualities. And the story (if there is one) serves those projections.
I am interested in beginning with the effects and not recording them but performing them. Collaboration is a major component of my artistic journey, so as part of my residency I have invited other artists (dancers, painters and musicians) to explore fusing their artistry with the projections.
- Gary Kirkham