Facing the Sky curated by Louise DéryPlanetarium / Terminal, 2016
The way people look at the sky has evolved with the increasing performance of the technologies used. People no longer look at the sky in the same way. Planetariums are lit up by new digital projections. Some of them have been emptied from the inside, leaving their dome like a suspended shell over a deserted hall. Planetarium/Terminal is the meeting point of two places built during the same years, at the end of the sixties and beginning of the seventies, during the concrete building boom, now in a transition period between modernity and a new era. The sky, visible as a representation inside one, is directly accessible in the other.
Once visitors pass the Terminal turnstile, they will enter an open space, which brings them to the ferries. An irregular concrete hexagon skirts the passageway. On its surface will be 10 panoramic photographs taken of the interior of the abandoned Montreal Planetarium. The interior dome is lit, photographed and recomposed. The audience will have the experience of visiting an open-air planetarium, looking at the sky overhead framed by the architecture and surrounded by the photographs of the artist.
Myriam Yates (1971, Montreal) lives and works in Sherbrooke. Her works have been featured at events such as Kasseler Dokfest (Kassel), Images Festival (Toronto), Les Rencontres internationales (Paris-Berlin), and Mois de la Photo à Montréal. She has also been exhibited at Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop's University (Sherbrooke), Hessel Museum of Arts - CCS Bard (N.Y.), Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Prefix (Toronto). She received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in Media arts from the Canada Council (2015).
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Toronto Ferry Terminal
25 Queens Quay West
Suitable for all ages
Thank you to Parks, Forestry and Recreation, City of Toronto
With assistance from L'École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal
This project is both indoors and outdoors.