The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the UBC Walter C. Koerner Library are pleased to announce the exhibition of Threshold (cont.), 2007 – 2009 by Lorna Brown.
Threshold (cont.) is part of on ongoing inquiry into the topic of boredom that Brown began in 2000. Within various fields of research, boredom has been written about in diverse ways: as a condition that is dangerous to society, a precursor to positive radical change and the result of becoming overwhelmed by tedious, repetitive activity. Placed in the context of a university library where the published results of research are stored and accessed through different media, Threshold (cont.) raises questions about how knowledge is circulated, the processes of engaged learning and the weariness or lack of interest that can result from information overload.
This video installation is made up of quoted texts from sources in literature, criticism, sociology and other discourses. The texts are projected to roll very slowly across the library floor, eventually becoming legible as they reach the bottom of the wall. The quotes reflect their diverse sources through the jargon or vocabulary of the original texts and frequently contradict each other. The quotes are marked with endnote symbols, and these endnotes are presented in a printed list available at Walter C. Koerner Library. Animated dingbat symbols reminiscent of “waiting” icons of computer operating systems punctuate each quote.
As a “convolute,” the video loop of indeterminate length displaces time and presents an indeterminate definition of boredom. The scrolling text is suggestive of a credit roll in film and television, which stands in awkward distinction to the action of the film or TV program. The anticipation or impatience that may result from waiting for the text to become readable parallels the struggle to form meaning from the potentially endless, contradictory list.
This project is a collaboration of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and the UBC Walter C. Koerner Library and has been made possible by the generous support of the Audain Foundation.
The Audain Foundation