Hallways and Corridors – A Mis-Guide to Concordia

We must start by acknowledging Janet Cardiff and George Butes Miller and their work “Video Walks” which was the inspiration behind our creative piece.

Our definition is as follows: a video walk is a multisensory tour that holds a particular visual emphasis. For this walk to be successful, a smartphone needs to be used as well as earphones, which are plugged into the medium. The viewer stands at the same location where the footage has been shot. The participant needs to turn on his/her phone, access the video via YouTube and to press play. The 10 minute long footage consists of one single shot which adds a raw and ghostly feel to our footage. The participant is both an engaged listener and viewer and follows the prerecorded footage on the cellular device. This cellular device is held at arms length, comfortably to mimic the present space. As Cardiff and Miller mention “the architecture in the video stays the same as the physical world, but the people and their actions change, so there is a strange disjunction for the viewer about what is real.” This piece requires the participant to interact with his/her senses as well as interact with the space, the architecture and the people in that space. Throughout the walk, the voiceover directs the participant to pay attention to specific elements that make up the space with the engagement of touch, sound, sight and smell. Our goal for this piece is for the viewer to notice their body and how it reacts to the space; we do so by asking the participant to concentrate on the relationship between their body and the space that they are in.

Our imaginative map blends together the “real” physical space and our perceived predisposed footage, blurring the lines between the two realities.

By Lisa Suliteanu and Frédérique Rajotte

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3 comments

  1. By Ashley Plescia, Mirelle Lupovici

    Response to Hallways and Corridors Mis-Guide by, Lisa Suliteanu and Frederique Rajotte

    We were told by the creators of this mis-guide to perform the activity individually.

    As we separately began the mis-guide in the AD building, we both had a sense of being very uncomfortable to be standing alone waiting for directions to lead us somewhere. As we were watching the video as we separately made our way into the hallway, we were constantly stopping to take in the small details around us. The mis-guide drew out things such as sounds, location of objects, architectural design. This definitely gave us an over all different experience to how the school is laid out in such a way to make it easy for students to get by without any obstacles. We both thought that the voice speaking into the earphones was calming and helped to keep a steady pace to stop and truly admire certain distances, spaces, objects and even people. It was a little scary to leave total control over where to go and turn, what activities to do. We have to provide all our faith into the speaker.

    We would suggest that the creators of the mis-guide mention in their outline specifically which location the viewer should commence the tour at. Especially when you are unaware of the location. Also it could be a little dangerous to walk and pay attention to the phone, because you become unaware of the surroundings. But we do understand that it is to create a new experience to see something that is suppose to be there but isn’t.

    Having walked through that hallway before for our own mis-guide, we had a sense of direction, but because we were following the steps of a ghostly figure threw the video, the experience was turned into a tour that had a very individual enhanced experience. For example, Mirelle performed the mis-guide early in the morning before there were many students walking within that building on campus. Therefor, this gave her a different experience than from Ashley.

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  2. Review by Tatiana Kalantzis

    Lisa and Frédérique successfully recreate their own physical experience of a misguide through hallways and corridors by taking on the creation of a “video walk” as they mentioned in the description was inspired by Janet Cardiff and George Butes Miller. Their brief description of the tour prepared me for what I needed on the walk: a phone, internet, some ear-buds and how to interact with the space in order to challenge the idea of reality behind a screen. This narration behind the video was very directive and therefore helped me stay focused on the main goal of the walk: to compare the screen with my surroundings.

    Not only was the video informative visually, it also engaged with background noise that was present during their walk. One example is the sound of the classroom which was much quieter at the time that I walked by it. One element that took me away from the video was the sound effects used at 4:59 when referring to the graduate photos on the wall to give off a feeling of history, since it was the only sound effect used compared to the rest of the video. The comments made during the narration were a successful use of demonstrating one personal experience of that space such as when she says “it is so bright” or “it is so dark”.

    The video walk was visually very meditative and at times slow paced, that it seemed unnatural for me to experience it in a similar way without the directions, due to the fact that I usually walk through hallways and corridors without acknowledging them as significant spaces, and quickly rush through them towards my destinations. I thought it was a fascinating approach to select hallways and corridors because it challenges those who, like me don’t usually pay attention to their details, yet I look at it now as: they are the journey that lead us to each destination. As was said in the video “all of these doors are opportunities”. Those doors weren’t all open during the time I took my walk, which just goes to prove their message.

    Walking at the same slow pace as in the video forced me to stay focused on the very details of my surroundings and to realize that there was so much more that I felt using my own body and senses, than I could simply experience through the viewing of the video on its own. At times i felt the spaces changed in temperature and the voices during my walk were saying different things. It was difficult to focus on the sounds in the video and the sounds that were present in my reality. The video did at times show many angles, yet it mainly focused on a straight ahead, right and left perspective. While I was there I couldn’t help but notice the spaces were much more vast than in the video.

    A Project by Lisa Suliteanu and Frédérique Rajotte

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  3. I reviewed Lisa Suliteanu’s and Frédérique Rajotte’s mis-guide on Friday afternoon. Looking for the starting point, I noticed the limits of directional virtual assistance, which can find your way outside but not inside. The suggestion to touch the wooden banister at 0:45 was interesting, as its visual intricacy remains a telltale mark of human work on it, yet exploring its texture through touch, which I would not normally have been compelled to do, makes it feel gnarled and knotted, almost like I imagined the tree it was made from would have been.

    When I opened the locker at 1:50, I wondered whether or not what had been put in it would still be there. Seeing a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste in it, I realized that I had no way to know whether or not they were the same as what the previous reviewing team may have seen in it. This impression of uncertainty increased at 4:00 and at 5:50 when the glove on the banister waving to the video recorder had been removed and when the box on the side of the hallway proved to be absent on my walkthrough.

    To see people go to and fro differently in real life than on the video in which everything else otherwise matched proved a surreal experience. The sound at 4:50 made the graduates’ hall feel eerie, and for a moment I wondered if the video would still be up on Youtube for others to follow decades from now, how different things would be. When I reached the chapel at 8:15, a sign said “ASB MEETING IN PROGRESS 2 PM TO 5:30 PM PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB”. I experienced the chapel vicariously, contemplating questions of embodied access and exclusion through time.

    I would not personally change anything about this mis-guide.

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