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Aurora Cultural Centre presents

Troy Hourie


October 6 – November 10, 2018
Artist Reception: Saturday October 20, 2018 | 1 - 4 pm
Artist in attendance

Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church St. Aurora ON

Apparitions is an immersive mixed-media installation composed of The Bed, The Attic and The Writing Cabinet. This interactive artwork examines the idea of designing for wonder by exploring the mysterious nature of Benjamin Britten’s opera Turn of the Screw. The exhibition forms the final iteration of Hourie’s long term inter-arts project.

The Bed explores images conjured in the mind of the boy Miles, as he dreamed of toys, a carousel and Quint’s ghost. The viewer is positioned in Miles’ bed facing a large mirror. From there, they observe themselves immersed in nightmarish imagery that is video mapped onto their body.

The Writing Cabinet immerses the spectator in an ephemeral space that layers multi-media in a repurposed antique writing cabinet. Mechanisms are devised to allow the viewer to manipulate video projected onto a pop-up miniature landscape inside this cabinet of wonder.

The Attic is envisioned to be experienced through a ceiling hatch leading to a ‘haunted’ attic. A collection of vintage child toys seized from his wards, Miles and Flora, create Quint’s own secret wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities). The viewer accessed the attic via a ladder creating an immersive experience by revealing a magical video panorama.

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Youth Art Workshop Opportunity

A creative opportunity for the youth of Aurora! A two-part workshop plus a mini exhibition opportunity, this workshop provides participants with an overview of Troy Hourie’s creative process as an artist. Students will be introduced to intermedia; the immersion of the body into an active interaction between space, visuals and technology, and how this is achieved in Apparitions. They will be challenged to reflect on their own interpretations of fear, nightmares, dreams, haunted houses, ghosts and sorrow by researching visuals that represent each of these ideas for them. Troy Hourie will guide students through his creative methods with a practical experience creating their own intermedial art project. The project will take place over two Saturdays to provide students time to explore artist techniques under supervision but also time to evolve their ideas out of the workshops. Final art pieces will be displayed on Saturday November 10, 2018 in a mini-exhibition.

Troy Hourie is an installation artist and scenographer. Art Installations include: Escape to Beira, ARTErra Portugal, Apparitions Attic, Arteles Finland, and Static Apnea, Performance Arcade, NZ, Paracosms, Lee Contemporary Art. Art commissions: The Wisdom Tree, Glimmerglass Festival and Espreitar Tondela, Arterra, Tondela, Portugal. His work has been exhibitited internationally including Toronto, London, Prague, Netherlands and New York. His artworks have been supported by both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Scenographer for 300+ productions for various off-Broadway, regional and opera companies across the USA, Canada and internationally; including Glimmerglass Festival, The New Victory, New York Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Guthrie and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Troy recently directed and designed the digital scenography for Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, Mannes, NYC. Teaching or guest artist at New York University, Juilliard, Cornell University, Duke University, Williams College and Dalhousie Universities Awards: AUDELCO Award and nominations for Helen Hayes Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Award, International Opera Award, six AUDELCO nominations and Ford Foundation Artist Grant.

Troy Hourie would like to acknowledge funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.


Aurora Cultural Centre
22 Church Street
Aurora Ontario L4G 1G4
905 713 1818

Twitter: @AuroraCulture
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