Jan Peacock

Reader by the Window

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(Excerpt from Reader by the Window, 1993, duration 16:13min)

A video/sound environment that draws on a personal archive of video walks through landscapes and cityscapes, recorded by the artist over a period of six years of travel in Tokyo, Paris, London, and parts of southern France, Ontario, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and the American southwest.

Reader by the Window explores the common experience of receiving the familiar in unfamiliar places, of negotiated the strange and new by means of what is remembered, where memory is felt to be inexplicably inscribed in architectural spaces never seen before, where the boundaries of our identities blur into our surroundings and the strange becomes unrecognizably ours.

Reader by the Window was originally conceived as an architectural work with video and sound, which is now in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

Installation photos: Robert Keziere