Kiosk of the InvisibleJune 2, 2011 - June 5, 2011
Sound design: Alain Lefebvre
On the Ontario Street Promenade, in front of 3848 Ontario Street East
June 2nd and 3rd: 2:00 to 9:00 pm
June 4th and 5th: 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Using the framework of the Ontario Promenade sidewalk sale, Dominique Sirois continues to research presentation models inspired by the kiosk form. In one way, this installation presents a set of interlocking shapes and reflections: a deep-seated layer of containers and packaging enveloping its structure and exploring the subtleties between merchant and museum displays. In another way, it is a presentation about nuclear energy, fictitious and utopian, worthy of conversation with activist dimensions. With this kiosk, Sirios is exploring the “vacuum” in material terms while also voicing the hidden dangers posed by nuclear energy, as in the recent disaster in Fukushima. An installation intervention, through the presence of Sirois, diverts the real context of a wholesale sell-off for artistic purposes.
A multidisciplinary artist from Montreal with a Masters in Visual Arts and New Media from UQAM, Dominique Sirois presents her composite installations, sound performances and interventions within the public space. She develops her projects by juxtaposing elements from the work world, economics and art. Positioning elements in space, her work recalls the practice of presentation in museums and the structure of the display. Through the assembly and transformation of everyday objects, her installations question notions of value and permanence as well as methods of mass production. Her projects have been presented in several Quebec artist-run centers, including recently at Lieu (Quebec City, 2011), Circa (Montreal, 2011), Skol (Montreal, 2010) as well as through various divers events in Canada and abroad.