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Motion Activated:

“Innovativeand fun” (Chronicle Herald)

“Your mere presence changes the nature of the exhibit” (Halifax Weekend Herald)

“Aone-of-a-kind interactive experience that pushes technological boundaries (TheCoast)

MOTION ACTIVATED withvisual artist and animator Susan Tooke, audio/visual composer Lukas Pearse, anddance artist Veronique MacKenzie.

We’ve been working as a group for approximately 8 years. We first came together in a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts where we discovered the potentials for collaborating and integrating the three disciplines of dance, visual art, and computer technologies. This brought us to presenting our first full work “Motion Activated” at The Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery and then continuing on with a commission for the Titanic 100 Commemoration called “Depths of Sorrow”, along with other presentations in the Kinetic Open Studio Series, the NS Gala, and in Annapolis Royal at ArtsPlace. We are now working under the name of Motion Activated. With with support from The Dept. of Communities, Culture and Heritage under their Industry Growth program, we are currently working toward consolidating our artwork into a feasible package for touring outside of the province.

Nocturne 2017 October 14th Sunset to midnight.

Halifax Central Library

Depths of Sorrow: A multimedia performance.

Large-scale projection pulls us into the haunting and tragicstory of the maiden voyage of the Titanic with layers of animation andhistorical images. Combined with live dance performance and captured byinfrared camera, they are woven into ghostly images using real-time videoprocessing. This abstract narrative retells a story of courage and the ensuing darkness thatovertook them on that fateful night. The immersive sound score draws into the emotion ofthe event and underwater imagery pulls us down to the final resting place andinto the Depths of Sorrow.

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