July 29, 2011
Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC
7:00 - 9:45
Research Spectator dinner
by invitation only
10:00 - 11:30 p.m.
open to the public
Dinka positioned her work Water Words on three large boulders that sit in the water off Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, BC. Spectators sat and watched the sun set from a vista point above the beach before being led down to the site after dark.
As the spectators came down the hill and descended on to the sandy beach, the first they they saw was a large rock with a face of a man, eyes closed, as if sleeping.
At the instance that the spectators reached the the installation site, two other rocks came into view. One with a man sleeping and the other a woman, sleeping on her side.
The spectators could walk around and view the sleeping heads while listening to a soundcape composition by artist Dave Leith, which included sounds of the waves slapping against the beach.
After several minutes, the heads blink and begin to open their eyes and mouths. Soon all three bursts into a rhythmic chorus of nonsensical spoken words nonsensical. Gradually the chorus fades and the images disappear.
DINKA PIGNON has an extensive background as a media artist, with curatorial, and production background. Dinka’s artistic practice involves working deeply within the genre of perceptual visual art and she explores projecting onto unusual surfaces or any kind of object as a screening surface. She is a recipient of Canada Council grants and other awards. Her work has exhibited internationally. Dinka Pignon has worked extensively as a performer at the internationally famous Fylkingen Society in Sweden which was founded in 1933, which is devoted to experimental and un-established forms of contemporary arts including electro-acoustic music. She also was the operations and education coordinator at Vivo Media Arts Centre, in Vancouver, British Columbia from 2001 - 2012.