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For« Ç » (2014), I constructed a small Tempo over a 25 minute period as a VHS tape of Canadian hockey played on the TV screen. Audio featured my grandfather discussing Tempo construction as well as the cultural importance of Tempos within Québec. The traces of the performance created a sculptural installation that lasted for the duration of the exhibition.

 

The work is a study of the “Tempo” as an icon of contemporary Quebec suburban culture, having come into popularity nearly 50 years ago as a form of temporary outdoor garage. A contentious structure, many communities have rejected it on aesthetic grounds, yet it continues to be an important tradition for many suburban Québec residents. 

 

© 2019 Nicolas Lapointe