Françoise Lavoie-Pilote

The Océan MOTEL project features two installations, which use experimental video, poetry, and music to tell a story. These two installations are set up in two separate areas, where two motel rooms are recreated. Upon entering these spaces, one systematically becomes a voyeur. The spectator can search the premises, lie down on the bed, open drawers of night tables and suitcases, look out the window, turn on the TV, leaf through a newspaper, read a memo.

By scrutinizing the space and its intimate objects, one discovers not only characters, but also the memories that live within them. In order to show these objects’ capacity to capture the characters’ memories, videos are projected onto the objects, music and/or poetry is heard through the telephone receiver. The characters’ intimate objects, the videos, the music, and the poetry all conspire to tell a story, to usher the observer into the memory and intimate universe of two women.

Through this fragmented fiction, we discover two stories, two separations, love affairs, two particular paths, two distinct yearnings, but one common starting point, a common quest: that for oneself… Océan MOTEL is a study of the intimate, which explores the remembrance, the imagination, and the memory of two women.

Océan MOTEL is made possible thanks to the talent and support of numerous collaborators.