Aislinn Thomas


Exhibition Dates:October 11 – October 21, 2018
Opening Reception: October 11, 2018
Artist Talk: October 20, 12:00-2:00 pm
Community Session: September 22, 2:00-3:30 pm


Aislinn Thomas’ THREE WINDOWS seeks to playfully reclaim domestic space as a site of imagination and possibility. For this exhibition, she creates a video installation from footage taken of three windows in her apartment. Over the duration of the video the curtains move gently in and out. At times the movement is barely perceptible, at others it is sudden and vigorous. We hear the sounds of the curtains being sucked against the window screen as well as the ambient sounds of her own neighbourhood. Thinking of windows as thresholds between domestic space and the rest of the world, a site of permeability, exchange and chance, Aislinn remarks that the movement of the curtains and faint glow of light is oddly mesmerising.

While making this piece, Aislinn thought about how we ascribe value to a human life. So often a person’s sense of worth and belonging comes from what they do, make, earn and contribute. These videos wonder if a more receptive mode of being might also be of value, if there is meaning in simply observing what is around us, taking in and bearing witness to the play of sensation that is right here, right now.

Aislinn invited three writers, Anna Bowen, Laura Burke and Catherine Frazee, to respond to the videos by translating them into spoken language, creating an alternative audio description that functions as a piece in itself. Described video by nature is to-the-point, missing visual detail that are not essential to the narrative and action. The sense is that these women’s voices will make tangible another threshold — that between a person’s inner life and their external surroundings.


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