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Born: 15 March 1957
Installation and sound artist
Earned BFA from Queens University
Earned MVA from the University of Alberta
Husband and partner, George Bures Miller
Work in Berlin
BFA - Bachelor of Fine Art
MVA - Market Value Accounting
George Bures Miller
Born: 1960, Vegreville, Alberta, Canada
Lives and works: Berlin, Germany, and Grindrod, British Columbia, Canada
First video walk
In Real Time (1999)
The library of the Carnegie Museum of Art
Watch the screen and follow along with what we see and hear
In Real Time (1999) was the very first video walk that Cardiff created. It took place in the library of the Carnegie Museum of Art and begins with the participant donning a pair of headphones attached to a small video camera. Upon playback Cardiff says to watch the screen and follow along with what we see and hear for approximately 18 minutes. This piece relies on the discrepancies between what is seen on the video monitor and what is actually occurring in the library.
Audio and video walks
Gained international recognition in 1995
Become "participants" in her stories
Themes: memories, displacement and desire
Janet Likes to make sound and reality disconnected
Tricking the viewer into not knowing what sounds are real
While listening to a portable listening device or watching the screen of a camcorder, you are guided by Cardiff's recorded voice which are intercut with bits of ambient sound or sound effects recorded in binaural audio. This binaural technique gives the recordings three-dimensional sound and creates a dislocating uncertainty concerning what is recorded "fiction" and what is "reality."
the 49th Venice Biennale
"The Paradise Institute" (2001), a 16-seat movie theatre
Won La Biennale di Venezia Special Award
Won the Benesse prize
a 16-seat movie theatre where viewers watched a mystery film and became entangled as witnesses to a possible crime played out in the audience and on the screen.
"The Paradise Institute" was a huge success and the artists won La Biennale di Venezia Special Award at Venice, which was presented to Canadian artists for the first time.
The Benesse prize, an award that recognizes an artist, or group, that tries to break new artistic ground with an experimental and pioneering spirit.
Forty Part Motet
40 speakers in 8 groups
Each individual person in the choir has their own voice on a speaker
Allows viewers to interact with the choir without physical interaction
Part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
In her Forty Part Motet she placed 40 speakers in 8 groups, each speaker playing a recording of one voice singing Thomas Tallis' Spem in alium, enabling the audience to walk through the space and "sample" individual voices of the polyphonic vocal music. This work is now part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
FOREST (for a thousand years...)|
Enter a clearing in the forest, sit down on a wooden stump, and simply listen
Incorporates the actual forest into an audio composition emitted from more than thirty speakers
Sometimes there is a near synchronicity of natural and mediated sounds, and it's tough to discern what is live and what is recorded
"A remarkable thing about Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's utterly captivating sound installation is how it blurs distinctions between site and art. You enter a clearing in the forest, sit down on a wooden stump, and simply listen. Cardiff and Bures Miller's work incorporates the actual forest into an audio composition emitted from more than thirty speakers. Sometimes there is a near synchronicity of natural and mediated sounds, and it's tough to discern what is live and what is recorded.
On a sunny day you hear the rustling breeze, but also the recording of a dramatically escalating wind that sounds intensely real. You sonically register that a storm is approaching, even though your eyes tell you otherwise; when you hear a branch loudly snap overhead (in the recording), you become instantly fearful and flinch. The recorded sounds move in a sphere around you, and you feel as if you're in the shifting presence of history. There are the sounds of war: whistling screeches, big explosions, the rat-a-tat of machine gun fire. There is a brief but shocking scream, a crashing tree, sounds of a mother and child, clanging metal. Singers come close, but then leave. You hear the trees and the wind again, and the crickets and birds. In turn frightening and deeply touching, ominous and serene, Cardiff and Bures Miller's forest soundscape is a wonder in the park, and one of the best works in the whole exhibition."
EXPERIMENT IN F# MINOR
Situated in the art gallery of ontario
Multiple shapes and sizes of speaker placed on a table
Viewers enter the room and their shadows cause the sound and instrumental tracks to fade up and overlap
Multiple viewers or different positions of viewers create different harmonies
Janet likes to create distortion within her pieces
through the use of video walks that viewers can follow which overlap the views of the participant
Overlapping sounds in forest with actualities of the forest to create confusion
Like to experiment with musical pieces which involve viewer interaction
Highly manipulative pieces to create personalised viewing and listening for each individual