ALLISON MOORE is a new media artist working in expanded cinema and based in Montréal and holds an MFA in film from Concordia University. Her work has been programmed at the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Tokyo Arts and Space (Japan), OBORO (Montreal), Traverse Video (France), Museu de Arte de Belem (Brazil), Festival of Nouveau Cinéma (Montréal), FIFA Experimental (Montréal), MAPP Festival, MUTEK Montreal and ISEA 2020. Her recent projects involve thematic inspirations of storytelling narratives in digital arts, video-mapping landscapes and architecture, VR, site-specific public art and performance. Moore's works reinterpret and rebuild the world as a metaphoric landscape in which sensitive beings are in synergy with their allegorical macrocosm. Moore works as a freelance editor, compositor and animator as well as teaching workshops in New Media practices. www.allisonmoore.net
(EN) Artist statement:
My recent projects are in the form of immersive moving images using multi-screen and video projection to create installations referencing scenic dioramas. My process involves an interdisciplinary approach, often weaving together cinema, animation, and performance together with innovative technologies to craft sensorial experiences. My installation works are often portraits of supernatural landscapes, influenced from personal memories, dreams, places I have visited that explore the resonate history of spaces. I often use the photographic image as my main medium to document and archive a space. My works act as a virtual archive of collective memory. Through the manipulation, cutting out, re-shaping and re-forming of images I create new imaginary spaces as a form of resistance. I am interested in tracing the history of immersive media in visual culture from ancient frescos, pre-cinema magic lantern shows of the 19th century evolving into digital media art.
In the spirit of the Dada and Surrealist art movement, my work is influenced by a culture of collage. Disembodying the figure, altering proportion and perspective, and decontextulizing images, I like to cut things from their regular habitat and rearrange them in new spaces. Either to enhance the meaning they already represent, or create a new representation. Informed by art history and painting traditions, I am especially inspired by the perverse surrealism and immense detail found in Flemish painters Pieter Bruegal and Hyronomous Bosch. I reinterpret and rebuild the world as a metaphoric landscape in which sensitive beings are in synergy with their allegorical macrocosm.