Ontario Artists on a World Tour
As amazing as it may seem, many places in Ontario
have been named after large international cities like Paris, London,
Moscow, Delhi and Cairo. It is this simple fact that has inspired three
visual artists, Laurent Vaillancourt, Babek Aliassa and Paul Walty,
to set out on their “world tour”.
From September 11 to September
24, 2002, the artists Vaillancourt and Aliassa covered 3,000 kilometers
and visited 19 locations.
In each location, a globe of interlaced steel
cable was be created, woven on the spot by sculptor, Laurent Vaillancourt.
At the same time, an electronic postcard sharing their unique artistic
experience was sent daily to Franco-Ontarian organizations and public
institutions. The postcards are available to all interested members
of the public.
The project was funded by:
The Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Canada Council for the Arts
The Franco-Ontarian Foundation
World Tour in Ontario stressed the urgent need to
break down geographic barriers through all possible means, including
artistic, in order to lift small communities out of their isolation.
This unique link between art and isolated rural communities is at the
heart of Spheres, the documentary here presented.
the artist’s struggle in his perpetual quest for new audiences,
in an effort to leave his mark. The documentary seeks to show the impact
of art on rural life. Laurent’s interaction with local communities
are filmed live, without artifice. Similarities and contrasts between
regions of Ontario are highlighted through the strength of the editing
process to show human relationships and emotions in their true light.
The film was produced with the collaboration of:
La Société Radio-Canada
Ontario & Canadian tax credits