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  • City Hall, Rotunda 100 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M5H 2N2 Canada (map)

Lament is a sound and video installation that takes its inspiration from a 1969 poem of the same name by renowned Toronto artist bpNichol. Incorporating music, spoken word and video projections, the project illuminates and animates a style of writing known as concrete poetry, which celebrates visual images created by a written text, drawing attention to the shape words create on the page as much as to the meaning of words themselves.

Created collaboratively by video artist Tal Rosner and composer Christopher Mayo, the work is an homage to Nichol that will incorporate the techniques of repetition and abstraction that are at the heart of the poet's intent, both in style of writing and in performance.

Consisting of a basic repeated text that begins with "you are city hall, my people," the video and sound compositions will investigate the inherent themes of the poem: civic politics and the responsibility of each citizen for the actions of their government. The project also realizes Nichol's original ambition for the work, which was to deliver this poem over the loudspeaker system at Toronto City Hall.

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