This video piece was born from a lack of conscious design. I participated in the creation process through the practice of improvisation -from the moment I was randomly filming 16mm footage at a Montreal park, until the completion of the piece-, rather than authoring the piece or expressing myself in a given matter. As Brecht says in his Chance Imagery, “Chance in the arts provides a means for escaping the biases engrained in our personality by our culture and personal past history, that is, it is a means of attaining greater generality”. I intended to be absent of intention as structuring principle, however, my concerns with the notion of gaze and the cinema apparatus permeated the video piece.

‘Parc Mont-Royal’ evidentiates the relationship between the observer, the observed and the gaze, commenting on how the technology of cinema has modified not only our notions about the gaze, but also the gaze in itself. ‘Parc Mont-Royal’ is not going to be ever finished. It needs the interpretation of the observer. As we intersect with this video piece in a specific historical moment, it provides a point of purchase on the human experience of the gaze.

George Brecht, Chance Imagery. Originally published in 1966 as a Great Bear Pamphlet by Something Else Press, 1966.

Parc Mont-Royal
Single Channel Video
Color, B&W, Stereo
16mm to HD
6 mins.

A video by Victor Arroyo

16mm hand processed.
Studio production at Main Film.
Assistance provided by Daïchi Saïto.

Produced with assistance by Main Film.
Centre d’artistes voué au cinéma indépendant.


Japan Media Arts Festival
Japan, 2013

Melbourne Video Art Society
Kings ARI Gallery
Australia, 2013

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Speculum Artium Festival
Slovenia, 2013

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Athens Video Art Festival
Greece, 2013

CURRENTS New Media Festival
Center for Contemporary Arts
US, 2013

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