Nelly-Eve Rajotte’s monumental video installation will be presented at the very heart of the Montreal-Quebec roadway at the Drummondville drive-in, which has been closed for several years.
The artist, who is a native of the area, regularly films images of this legendary abandoned location. In fact, the video ends with images of this obsolescent place: two blank white screens will be illuminated by this magnificent trip. Through the use of a drone, the sublime North Canadian landscape is overflown by a mechanical eye that mimics the spectator’s point of view. As the aerial tracking shot moves through the white desert, our perception is destabilized and vertigo sets in, until we adapt to the bewildering aerial perspective of the drone’s mechanical eye.
In her research on landscape and disappearance, Nelly-Eve Rajotte questions cinematographic language by suspending, disrupting, or stopping the temporality that is specific to film. Through its sheer monumentality, the projection will create an immersive and destabilizing environment where viewers might lose their bearings.