Michelle Helene Mackenzie, In Violet Air, 2020 sound work with video, 8:04 min. Cameraperson: Dylan Godwin. Courtesy the artist.

Michelle Helene Mackenzie: In Violet Air

Presented as part of The Pandemic is a Portal

In Violet Air (2020) is an audiovisual meditation on virtuality, dissociation, the generative possibilities of zones of crisis, and alienation. In a search for mystery and collective ritual in an unreal city, Mackenzie and her quadruped companion moved through newly strange landscapes, drawing from the traditions of Hildegard Westerkamp’s soundwalks, Janet Cardiff’s audiowalks and Pauline Oliveros’s solo meditations, yielding their own speculative, synthesized, multi-dimensional traverse. In Violet Air was shot with an LG cell phone and recorded with a Zoom recorder, modular synth and digital instruments during phase one of Vancouver’s Covid-19 pandemic response.

A version of In Violet Air with verbal description is below:

Description by Cheryl Green.

Michelle Helene Mackenzie is a writer, musician and artist born in Vancouver, the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Skwxwú7mesh and Səl̓ílwətaɬ Nations. Mackenzie has studied at Simon Fraser University and Duke University, and will begin a PhD at the University of California, San Diego in autumn 2020. Mackenzie’s works have been presented with 221A (Vancouver), the Albertinum (Dresden), the Capilano Review’s Small Caps (Vancouver), the Cultch’s Soft Cedar (Vancouver), Deep Blue (Vancouver), the Esker Foundation (Calgary), the Hand (New York), Kadist Gallery (San Francisco), the Operating System (Brooklyn), the Polygon Gallery (North Vancouver), the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Western Front (Vancouver).

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