Behind the Shadows


Outside the window a storm unlike no other is taking shape. Behind the Shadows documents the imagined moment when the delicate balance between natural and developed worlds began to shift. Looking back upon an event yet to occur, time inside this threatened world is caught in an endless loop.  Seeming to have no end, it stutters…repeats…extends. As if caught in a void between dream and reality, characters struggle to reconcile threats from the outside environment. 

- Christina Battle


Filmmaker Guy Debord, during the early days of the Situationist International, led the formulation of a particular concept of drifting, the dérive: “a technique of transient passage through varied ambiances. The dérive entails playful-constructive behaviour and awareness of psychogeographical effects; which completely distinguishes it from the classical notions of the journey and the stroll.”  Behind the Shadows is not about a dérive; rather it offers - at least, to my mind - an amorphous, shifting network of locations, varied ambiences, for my imagination to constructively drift through.  The psychogeographical effects that accompany my dérive certainly take place in spaces that are well behind the shadows; but they are also radically in between any solid surface that would catch and hold a shadow.

- Martin Arnold

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Martin Arnold is a musician based in Toronto.  His notated compositions are performed nationally and internationally.  Martin is also an active member of Toronto’s improvisation and experimental jazz/roots/rock communities performing on live electronics, banjo, melodica, and guitar.  Martin is the Artistic Director of Arraymusic and he lectures in the Department of Cultural Studies at Trent University and the Department of Art, Culture and Media, at the University of Toronto, Scarborough.

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Martin Arnold