Between 2002-2004 I worked with digital video – I became interested in building work from the perspective of visual composition and choreography. I made a series of works that I call video poems.
Rhythmic movements in both the performance and the editing gave me new ways to construct, and I took inspiration from cubism and surrealism to allow shifts in point of view and more freedom in how the journey of the poem manifested. Female sexuality, identity, nostalgia, and altered states of consciousness are some of the themes I worked with.
During this period of time I also became increasingly interested the artist’s journey – and how the material that we are drawn to work with stems from particular questions, longings, tensions, mysteries and visions that are born in each of us so specifically and uniquely, yet are always linked to mythic themes that unite all humanity. So, I followed a number of artists over the course of some years, and made a series of documentaries. Below are a few examples from this era of work.
My video work is distributed by V-tape in Toronto.
Image credit: still from Alice by Misha Horacek; camera by Karen Houle.
The Seagull is a short video poem inspired by Anton Chekhov's play of the same name. The themes of freedom and nostalgia are explored through sparse images, text and alternating rhythms of silence and seagull cries.
Alice is a video poem based on The Adventures of Alice In Wonderland (Lewis Carroll). This short performance is a visual and sensory experience. The piece begins quite simply with lines by Lewis Carroll, and unfolds into a darker and more layered search for identity. This is a rich and charming performance piece, with clown elements and sensual movements. Quite unlike anything you have seen before! Alice is made from a series of short video poems created and performed by Michelle Horacek. The sound score is by Sandy Moore.
This bilingual documentary was taped in Prague, Czech Republic and follows the work and philosophy of acclaimed Czech visual artist, Adriena Simotová. Her unique process of using limitations of sight, and her insights after teaching blind children, lead her to a new way of intuiting image and form. We watch her sculpt through layers of paper, and use dry paint powder, to test the boundaries between the tangible realm and the realm of spirit.
Lamps is a short video art piece incorporating the concepts of dance, theatre, and video to create an emotionally charged performance. Inspired by Gertrude Steins' exploration of objects, Lamps explores not only the object itself — but also the female person in relationship to that object. Lamps is a movement piece created by two individual women, and from their separate relationships to a stand up lamp. The two women dance and move side by side in their own separate worlds, and the overall effect is a strange and beautiful exploration of women and their sexuality, power, and poetry. The camera movement, music, and editing all contribute to a unique and poetic piece.