Ambient Walk, 2012, Photography by John Richardson
Ed Janzen - Kingsville, Canada
Ambient Walk 2012
New Media Installation, Performance
37 - 10 Dundas Street East
(On the third floor in the food court)
[ selected photographs ] [ video ]
The artist navigates the back alleys of the city on foot with a video camera focused down on the walking
surface. As surfaces rapidly pass by the lens an unusual perspective of the city is captured. The visual
result is highly animated with an endless variety of pattern, line, and colour. The rhythm of his footsteps
and surrounding human and machine activity adds an ambient sound mix.
Back alleys present an alternative for travel through the city, outside the traditional grid of streets
and sidewalks. They offer a more private view of the city. These nameless, interstitial spaces are where
deliveries are made, where workers sneak a smoke, where the detritus of commerce and habitation accumulates
and is carted off. Underfoot, a variety of surface materials, transformed by histories of repair, neglect
and wear, are patched, cracked and broken. Debris is strewn and crushed by machine and human traffic.
These hidden environments can provide an abundance of aesthetic opportunities.
This experience is channeled through cyberspace, and shared via live stream. Janzen‘s movement
will be tracked via GPS. Audiences can immerse themselves in the resulting multimedia installation on
multiple video screens and speakers at the viewing location, and on their mobile devices.
Artist Biography: Janzen is a video and installation artist from Kingsville, Ontario, whose work has
traveled to art galleries, public spaces and experimental video festivals internationally. His current
practice examines everyday phenomena and experience, and the gaps between real and virtual space.