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Taking the grain elevators to dynamic new heights

Motion Activated is doing it Grain by Grain for Nocturne.



Veronique Mackenzie, Lukas Pearse and Susan Tooke have been working together under the name Motion Activated for five years. Together, they’re “especially intrigued by integrating technologies and stretching the potentials of time and space,” Mackenzie explains. Their Nocturne piece will project a dancer on the wall of the south end grain elevators, moving amid historic images of the elevators.

“The idea for the grain elevators is not new,” she says, noting that other all-night art festivals have worked with their cities’ elevators. Initially, she wanted to project on the long, south-facing wall of the Halifax elevator, but logistics and funding led them to create the piece in a “smaller yet still significant version.”

As a dancer, Mackenzie’s role is to “animate, with my movement, the architectural details of the silo having my dancing image captured by a Kinect camera at ground level and projected by two very powerful projectors.”

Visual artist Tooke will create live animations using a drawing tablet, while artist and musician Pearse will bring the piece together through designing and manipulating the images on computer. 

Nocturne piece 202, Halifax Grain Elevator, 951 South Bland Street

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