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Anne Macmillan explores the anxiety of change with Rattle Array

The artist’s Nocturne projection re-imagines a patch of Argyle Street before your eyes.



Exhibit 203,
1749 Argyle Street
(best viewed from across the street)

N ova Scotian artist Anne Macmillan joins Halifax in bringing the visual art scene to the streets at this year's Nocturne. Macmillan, who hails from Wolfville and has art degrees from both NSCAD and MIT, focuses much of her work on challenging the idea of scientific and concrete methodologies by blending them with artist expression.

This year's Nocturne theme is scaffolding, which happens to be very in line with Macmillan's work—inspiring her to work on a new project, Rattle Array.

Macmillan's Nocturne installation will be projected on a screen placed between two buildings on Argyle street, near the Parish House. The projection will portray scaffolding in bare-bones, minimalist imagery, using succinct animated line work.

The piece of projected art aims to re-imagine scaffolding and its form, allowing it to take on any structure, rather than the primary one it is designed for. She hopes her project evokes the anxiety that comes with change.

Macmillan reinforces the theme of tension and anxiety using jarring metallic sounds and cello music, provided by a local musician Soloman Vromans.

Though this is not Macmillan's first art show, it is her first time contributing to and organizing her own project with Nocturne.

"It's really exciting because all sorts of people who don't go to the art gallery are going to see it, which is really awesome. You never know what kind of reaction you'll get," she adds.  

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