Watcher is a multi-building video installation. Viewed on the windows of a series of houses, some of which I inhabited during childhood, images from my memories of growing up on D’Arcy St. in Toronto merge with imagined stories that have occurred behind the buildings’ facades over the course of the area’s complex history; fact is peppered with fiction. The piece is tinged with sadness as it deals with personal loss and the melancholic cycling of history in a neighborhood, the constant movement of people and inevitable change. As viewers walk from house to house, they become implicated as voyeurs in the human compulsion to not mind our own business. In turn, the shadowy inhabitants of the houses recurrently pause during their quotidian activities to – seemingly – watch over the street.



documentation of Watcher



camera: Simon Mink, Chris Ernst, Stefani Bardin, Millie Chen
animation: Chris Ferrari
media: 4 houses, 10 projectors, rear-projection screens
duration: 5-10 min. loops (variable)
photos: John Richardson
video documentation: James Deane, Fiona Wong
Curated by Michelle Jacques for Toronto nuit blanche 2007. Commissioned by City of Toronto and Scotiabank. Supported by Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo.