Safari

SAFARI - a project by Denys Arcand and Adad Hannah

PHOTOGRAPHS


Safari #10, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari is a collaboration between film director Denys Arcand and artist Adad Hannah produced for the exhibition Big Bang, which celebrates the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ 150th Anniversary and the opening of a new pavilion.

The set for Safari is the Safari Seating Environment designed by the Florence based Archizoom Associati in 1968 and produced by Poltronova. Archizoom was founded by a group of architects and designers in 1966 and dissolved in 1974.

Arcand and Hannah developed a 7-minute scene that takes place in the back of a nightclub in the middle of the 1980’s. The scene revolves around the Safari Seating Environment, its sleek white sides and leopard print covered seats providing the stage for the set of actions performed on it. The actors featured in Safari are all employees of the museum with no formal acting training. After workshopping the scene for two days Arcand and Hannah shot the same 7-minute sequence from six different angles. Each actor had a set trajectory, performing certain actions at a set place in the timeline and remaining as still as possible the rest of the time. The result is a staccato and haunting recording of a single scene performed over and over for the camera.

The soundtrack was composed and performed by Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit.

*The shooting and installation in the Museum also included the San Remo lamp (1967, also designed by Archizoom), Jacopo Foggini’s Dancing Sculpture lamp from (1998), Gaetano Pesce’s Rag No. 7 table lamp (1997), Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova’s Nesso lamp (1962), Achille Castiglioni’s Arco floor lamp (1962), Matteo Thun’s Chicago Tribune lamp (1984), and Cesare Maria Casati’s Pillola lamps (1968).

The artists wish to thank the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for their support and the employees for their performances.

Director of Photography: Van Royko
Production Manager: Annick Blanc
Lighting: Hugo Roy
Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
Habilleuse: Sharon Scott
Makeup: Micheline Trépanier
Hair: Réjean Coderre
Photo assistant: Maxime Lapointe

Actors (all are museum staff):
Alexandre Lemetais
Marianne Brault
Louis-Xavier Sheitoyan
Gaetan Hénault
Catherine Desjardins
Jonathan Gagne
Sabine de Villenoisy
Julie Massey


Safari #1, 2011, photograph.
32" x 55.5" / 81cm x 141cm edition of 3
47.5" x 83.5" / 121cm x 210cm edition of 3
57.5" x 99.5" / 145cm x 252cm edition of 1

Safari #2, 2011, photograph.
36" x 32.25" / 91cm x 82cm edition of 3
53.5" x 48" / 136cm x 122cm edition of 3
64.5" x 58" / 164cm x 147cm edition of 1

Safari #3, 2011, photograph.
32.25" x 36" / 82cm x 91cm edition of 3
48" x 53.5" / 122cm x 136cm edition of 3
57.5" x 64.5" / 147cm x 164cm edition of 1

Safari #4, 2011, photograph.
34" x 33.25" / 86cm x 85cm edition of 3
50.75" x 49.5" / 129cm x 126cm edition of 3
61" x 59.5" / 155cm x 151cm edition of 1

Safari #5, 2011, photograph.
38" x 28.5" / 96.5cm x 72.5cm edition of 3
56.5" x 42.5" / 144cm x 108cm edition of 3
68" x 51" / 173cm x 130cm edition of 1

Safari #6, 2011, photograph.
38" x 28.5" / 96.5cm x 72.5cm edition of 3
56.5" x 42.5" / 144cm x 108cm edition of 3
68" x 51" / 173cm x 130cm edition of 1

Safari #7, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari #8, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari #9, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari #11, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1
VIDEO

Safari
2011, HD Video, 7 min 7s.
Edition of 15

This project has been presented in the following exhibitions:

2011-2012, Big Bang, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

2011, Aqua Miami

 
Safari

SAFARI - a project by Denys Arcand and Adad Hannah

PHOTOGRAPHS


Safari #10, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari is a collaboration between film director Denys Arcand and artist Adad Hannah produced for the exhibition Big Bang, which celebrates the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ 150th Anniversary and the opening of a new pavilion.

The set for Safari is the Safari Seating Environment designed by the Florence based Archizoom Associati in 1968 and produced by Poltronova. Archizoom was founded by a group of architects and designers in 1966 and dissolved in 1974.

Arcand and Hannah developed a 7-minute scene that takes place in the back of a nightclub in the middle of the 1980’s. The scene revolves around the Safari Seating Environment, its sleek white sides and leopard print covered seats providing the stage for the set of actions performed on it. The actors featured in Safari are all employees of the museum with no formal acting training. After workshopping the scene for two days Arcand and Hannah shot the same 7-minute sequence from six different angles. Each actor had a set trajectory, performing certain actions at a set place in the timeline and remaining as still as possible the rest of the time. The result is a staccato and haunting recording of a single scene performed over and over for the camera.

The soundtrack was composed and performed by Justin Small and Ohad Benchetrit.

*The shooting and installation in the Museum also included the San Remo lamp (1967, also designed by Archizoom), Jacopo Foggini’s Dancing Sculpture lamp from (1998), Gaetano Pesce’s Rag No. 7 table lamp (1997), Gruppo Architetti Urbanisti Città Nuova’s Nesso lamp (1962), Achille Castiglioni’s Arco floor lamp (1962), Matteo Thun’s Chicago Tribune lamp (1984), and Cesare Maria Casati’s Pillola lamps (1968).

The artists wish to thank the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for their support and the employees for their performances.

Director of Photography: Van Royko
Production Manager: Annick Blanc
Lighting: Hugo Roy
Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt
Habilleuse: Sharon Scott
Makeup: Micheline Trépanier
Hair: Réjean Coderre
Photo assistant: Maxime Lapointe

Actors (all are museum staff):
Alexandre Lemetais
Marianne Brault
Louis-Xavier Sheitoyan
Gaetan Hénault
Catherine Desjardins
Jonathan Gagne
Sabine de Villenoisy
Julie Massey


Safari #1, 2011, photograph.
32" x 55.5" / 81cm x 141cm edition of 3
47.5" x 83.5" / 121cm x 210cm edition of 3
57.5" x 99.5" / 145cm x 252cm edition of 1

Safari #2, 2011, photograph.
36" x 32.25" / 91cm x 82cm edition of 3
53.5" x 48" / 136cm x 122cm edition of 3
64.5" x 58" / 164cm x 147cm edition of 1

Safari #3, 2011, photograph.
32.25" x 36" / 82cm x 91cm edition of 3
48" x 53.5" / 122cm x 136cm edition of 3
57.5" x 64.5" / 147cm x 164cm edition of 1

Safari #4, 2011, photograph.
34" x 33.25" / 86cm x 85cm edition of 3
50.75" x 49.5" / 129cm x 126cm edition of 3
61" x 59.5" / 155cm x 151cm edition of 1

Safari #5, 2011, photograph.
38" x 28.5" / 96.5cm x 72.5cm edition of 3
56.5" x 42.5" / 144cm x 108cm edition of 3
68" x 51" / 173cm x 130cm edition of 1

Safari #6, 2011, photograph.
38" x 28.5" / 96.5cm x 72.5cm edition of 3
56.5" x 42.5" / 144cm x 108cm edition of 3
68" x 51" / 173cm x 130cm edition of 1

Safari #7, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari #8, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari #9, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1

Safari #11, 2011, photograph.
28.5" x 38" / 72.5cm x 96.5cm edition of 3
42.5" x 56.5" / 108cm x 144cm edition of 3
51" x 68" / 130cm x 173cm edition of 1
VIDEO

Safari
2011, HD Video, 7 min 7s.
Edition of 15

This project has been presented in the following exhibitions:

2011-2012, Big Bang, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

2011, Aqua Miami