An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris

Today is October 18, 2016. Fourty two years ago on the day, writer George Perec sat in the cafes and benches of Place Saint-Sulpice and tried to take note of everything that he saw. These notes, taken over three days would become the book An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris.

Today I visited Saint-Sulpice. I sat where Perec could have sat, or certainly where I would have been seen by him. I walked through Rue Saint-Sulpice recording audio of my footsteps while I simultaneously tried to take note of everything that passed by me, and that I passed by.

The weather was similar to how he described it in 1974, "dry cold. grey sky. some sunny spells."

Musée des arts et métiers

I loved the various geometric creations I discovered in this odd museum of engineering, science, technology and craft artifacts.

Feeling inspired

I love the mood in these works. They are dark, mysterious, calculated, and dreamy. I wanted to keep them close to me as I work towards a new project.

Musée national du Moyen Âge

I simply love this series. The Lady and the Unicorn. The animals and gardens that flatten the image, the islands that contain this narrative, the colours, the expressions of the characters, the gestures. So lucky to have spent a good amount of time with them today at the Musée national du Moyen Âge.

Storyboards - empty containers

Thinking about viewing these simple shapes as switching between perspective and parallel views. They may try to combat their emptiness by continually rearranging and subdividing themselves.

Banff Centre Article

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity posted an article about the recent two month residency that I was awarded called the Emerging Atlantic Artist in Residence. Check out the article written by Devon Murphy here:

I am almost done re-working parts of the animation that I had made while there. I carved out some visual rules for this work, a limited colour scheme, fills and strokes, working within frames and basic camera movements. I'm wondering about this specific visual language that I normally see associated with infographics and explainer videos.

The work is a narrative to thread together characters from an ecosystem specific to that region. I focused on Physalla Johnsoni, the endangered snail that lives only at the thermal springs on Sulphur Mountain in Banff.

 

 

 

Image credit goes to Dr.  Dwayne  A.W. Lepitzki, who is the lead researcher on  Physella Johnsoni . He was kind enough to provide me with invaluable information as well as let me observe his work for reference for my animation.

Image credit goes to Dr. Dwayne A.W. Lepitzki, who is the lead researcher on Physella Johnsoni. He was kind enough to provide me with invaluable information as well as let me observe his work for reference for my animation.

This is one drawing from a series where I traced the posture of the researcher of the snail as he worked counting each of the snails individually. These drawings feature in the animation I made,  This Place , 2016

This is one drawing from a series where I traced the posture of the researcher of the snail as he worked counting each of the snails individually. These drawings feature in the animation I made, This Place, 2016

Banff Residency Project - storyboards

This summer I was awarded a two month residency at the Banff Centre. I worked on an animation concerning various characters in an ecosystem specific to that location. This includes: the spring water on Sulphur mountain, the endangered Banff Springs Snail, the malacologist who studies the snail, and the tourists that visit the springs. Having a bit of distance from that work has inspired me to rework parts of the animation, so here are some story boards I've been working on. I hope to share the final work soon.

Sketchbook - jarden shapes

Analyzing garden plans to learn about the shapes and rules found there. I spent a bit of time collecting images at the library at the Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle. I'm also thinking of shapes and movement between concepts of general to specific, and specific to general.

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