CHIRAL EYES

CHIRAL EYES
A stereo-3D installation by Willy Le Maitre (Toronto)
September 1 – October 1, 2011 @ 10AM – 5PM except Sundays and holidays
EMMEDIA Screening Room – #203, 351 – 11 Ave SW
Admission is FREE
Opening reception: Thursday, September 1, 2011 @ 6-9PM (Artist in attendance)


Chiral Eyes – passive 3d stereo video and audio projection – six minutes, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

“Chiral Eyes” is a stereo-3D video installation. The short experimental narrative depicts the dual nature and internal negotiations of a polarized individual.

The subject appears on-screen as two opposing versions of the same person. The viewer’s left and right eyes see isolated portrayals of the individual. The unique presentation offers two distinct perspectives. Viewers of the work can read the narrative in variable ways by alternatively blinking or covering either of their eyes. While wearing polarized glasses, both views are combined to produce the stereoscopic 3d image.

Chirality refers to handedness in Greek and is a property in Stereo-chemistry of molecules having a non-super-imposable mirror image. The video looks at the notion of difference in terms of sidedness. The formation of depth perception, in human terms, as a concordance of left and right views is the literal and metaphorical focus of the 3d stereo-video work.


Chiral Eyes – passive 3d stereo video and audio projection – six minutes, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Talk: Friday, September 2, 2011 @ 6PM

The illustrated talk will look at a body of experimental work in 3D stereoscopic video, that Le Maitre has made over the past few years.  An unraveling of the work in the exhibition will explain some of the techniques involved in its making, as well as providing a context to present some thoughts on the notion of immersion and screen space in a post media age. Wine will be on hand.


Chiral Eyes – passive 3d stereo video and audio projection – six minutes, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.

Artist Biography

Willy Le Maitre’s established practice as a media-artist has garnered international acclaim including awards from the Vida competition in Spain and the Telefilm Canada prize at Images in Toronto. Often working collaboratively, his innovative video based art works have shown widely and have been featured in places such as The New Museum, The Kitchen, Canada Gallery in New York and VIVO in Vancouver.  He is currently residing in Toronto. The exhibition of Chiral Eyes will be his first exhibition in Calgary.

http://www.willylemaitre.com/

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