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Escales

HD Video - 2015 - 06:38 min Soundtrack: Roger Tellier Craig Canada Council for the Arts Courtesy Laffy Maffei Gallery "Escales" is the result of the manipulation of electronic signals using digital means. Electricity, as raw material, is being sculpted, transformed and altered to be reborn as architecture. The video depicts an immersive environment where hallucinated spaces unfurl like automated mirages, and invite the viewers to project themselves inside this ever evolving space, continuously transforming and morphing into new environments. By its minimal aspect, “Escales” is a neutral space, without any specific identity. Once a number of layers and visual distortions are added, the architecture comes alive. “Escales” manifests the hallucinations and the interferences between what’s considered as “objective reality” and the subjective interpretation of it. Sabrina Ratté (b. Canada, 1982) is a Montreal based visual artist, mainly working in the field of video. Her work explores architectural environments and virtual landscapes generated by electronic signals and manipulated digitally. Her practice is also inspired by the relationship between electronic music and the video image, and she often collaborates with musicians for single-channel pieces as well as in live settings.  Her work have been shown internationally in various forms and contexts, including live performances, installations, and screenings such as Paddles On! 1st Digital Art Auction at Phillips, EMPAC, Museum of the Moving Image, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Lampo, Sonic Acts Festival, Elektra Festival, MUTEK, in Montreal, Mexico City and Barcelona. Her videos have been released on DVD by the San Francisco Label Root Strata and on the video label Undervolt & Co. She is part of the online collective Computers Club and she is represented by the Laffy Maffei Gallery in Paris.