House Fire

Janet Cardiff

House Fire , ongoing
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Cardiff and Miller have been working collaboratively and individually for two decades. Together the pair achieved international renown with their collaborative works The Dark Pool (1995/96) and Muriel Lake Incident (1999). House Fire is a four and half-minute clip derived from their multimedia installation The Paradise Institute that was presented at the 2001 Venice Biennale. The work is a voyeuristic study of a two-story house fire in rural Ontario. Like The Paradise Institute the work employs the binaural, "surround-sound" audio track that the pair have come to be celebrated for. The result is a life-like three-dimensional reproduction of sound. The couple have been experimenting with sound in their art since moving to Lethbridge in the early 1990's. Critics have heralded their multimedia art practice as one of the most important breakthroughs in conceptual art.
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