photo: Emily Gan

Tyson Parks

November 14 - December 21, 2013

372 Ste-Catherine West suite 221
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3B 1A2

Open Saturdays from 12 pm to 5 pm



Squint is the first in a series of installations in which Tyson Parks invents new processes to explore the relationship between form, image, motion, time, perception, and memory. This series of invented process artworks is called "Mnetractoscopes"; a term coined by Parks, taken from Latin and Greek etymology, which roughly translates to "viewer(s)" that "draw or pull" from "memory". This naming serves as homage to early animation devices such as the pre-historic Thaumotrope, Joseph Plateau's Anorthoscope, or Eadweard Muybridge's Zoopraxiscope. Parks puts forth the idea that the development and dissemination of these types of devices through the end of the 19th Century brought about a significant change of self-awareness in human kind that led directly to the modernist revolutions in science, art, philosophy, and technology in the 20th Century.

Squint is composed of a sculptural object; a replica of a familiar everyday object that has been distorted and twisted beyond recognition and into abstraction and that sits atop a stand, slowly rotating. A camera films the object in motion, sending a live video feed of its view to a computer. Just above the camera is what Parks calls a "transformative mirror"; a projected screen that shows a processed view of the live camera feed. In this virtual reflection of the space, the public that is present and circulating within the room are abstracted, while the sculptural object is de-abstracted and revealed in its original and recognizable form.

Central to Parks' work is an investigation of communication, perception, and translation. The artist questions how new perspectives expose hidden relationships and how we might problem solve around the limitations of available perspective. According to him, it is through the discovery of the limitations and functions of our visual processes that allows us to communicate, collaborate and coexist in new and different ways.


Tyson Parks is an American artist and technologist. He employs new technologies to create complimentary paradigms of experience such as audio and visual perception, virtual and actual reality, and inter-dimensional relationships. He takes conceptual and cross-modal inspiration from his experience as a photographer, videographer, electronic musician, VJ, digital visual artist, teacher, and creative programmer.

The artist thanks everyone at Eastern Bloc for their generous support and assistance in the creation of this project during their Winter 2013 Residency Program, and to Concordia's IMCA Department for assisting with this exhibition.


Squint @PFOAC221 Gallery, 2013 from Tyson Parks on Vimeo.


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- Tyson Parks's website
- John Pohl "Solemnity within, solemnity without" Montreal Gazette, November 22, 2013
- Benoit Palop "Installation Focuses On The Bond Between Photographers And Their Cameras" The Creators Project, November 25, 2013
- "Le Belgo : le secret le mieux gardé du Quartier des spectacles" Quartier des Spectacle, November 27, 2013