“The Density of Dust” is a video installation that uses material collection and close listening to explore a centuries old industrial building’s history and its surroundings.

History forms foundation. It lends structure to numerous presents and futures, allowing them necessary space to expand and multiply. As these expansions take place, traces of the past remain. With time, they become harder to see, fainter to hear, and often impossible to reach. Using archival research and investigations of the site’s internal landscapes, “The Density of Dust” aims to reveal some of the many layers of time and experiences the area hosts. In examining the building's traces, the work considers these layers with curiosity, while simultaneously attuning itself to the spectres that inhabit them.

Installation images by Simon Belleau.

“The Density of Dust“ was commissioned by Fonderie Darling, Montreal, for their 20th anniversary exhibit “Tu m’enveloppes et je te contiens”. A virtual gallery tour of the exhibit curated by Milly-Alexandra Dery can be viewed here.