Suitable for all ages
Earthquakes, fires, floods, meteors, air attacks and other doomsday scenarios play on a large bank of video monitors. The exhaustive cataloguing attempts to amass a comprehensive collection of disaster cinema tropes.
Clips are arranged geographically, so that the viewer may watch the rapture hit around the world simultaneously. Tidal waves hit shores, landmark buildings are destroyed, and general panic ensues.
Isolated from any larger context, the apocalypse plays out like fireworks, and the utopian social cooperation that typically follows in catastrophe cinema is unseen, as the clips loop back onto themselves.
Dave Dyment’s work explores the language of television, cinema and popular music. For Nuit Blanche in 2010, Dyment slowed the film A Hard Day’s Night down to last twelve hours, accompanied by a string quartet playing the title track, also re-scored to last twelve hours. Other projects include a hundred year-old whiskey, homemade LSD, and a collaborative CD with Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. His work has been exhibited across Canada and in New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
King James Place, 145 King Street East
This project is outdoors.