SoloForDuet.ca interactive is a companion piece to the feature documentary Duet for Solo Piano, wherein Filmmaker Su Rynard followed Eve over the course of a year to chronicle the creative process of this extraordinary artist.

This interactive work explores Eve’s desire to create a clean slate, to “erase herself” artistically, in order to discover a new voice. By using a Disklavier, an acoustic piano, that can trigger sampled sounds, Eve is able to create a “ghost” piano — a dialogue between the real piano and its virtual self. In the process she searches for her own voice.

 “I asked for this. Change. Just need to erase… Everything.”

Eve is a reluctant performer and fiercely private. To echo this sentiment, sections of the text are obscured by diacritic characters, only revealing themselves through the act of scrolling. The animations used throughout the piece only ever hint at the objects they represent, never fully revealing themselves. A single emerging portrait that tenuously resolves or vanishes captures the notion of erasure.

A deeply integrated virtuosic mix of sound, image, and unspoken narrative challenging traditional conceptions of piano and pianist. SoloForDuet.ca was created by media artist and filmmaker Su Rynard and Alex Wittholz / Helios Design Labs.

SoloForDuet.ca Interactive Credits

Solo for Duet: Performed by Eve Egoyan

Interactive Directors: Su Rynard, Alex Wittholz

Interactive Producer: Heather Grieve

Lead Developer: Dan Sundy

Developer: Jen Saxena

Illustrations: Felix M. Wittholz, Jamie Bennett

Interactive Studio: Helios Design Labs

Filmmaker: Su Rynard

Cinematographer: John Price

Editor: Caroline Christie, CCE

Sound Design and Mix: Phil Strong

Location Audio: Mike Filippov, Jason Milligan, Ryan Cox

Helios Design Labs is a multi-disciplinary design studio specialized in the creation of unique interactive experiences. heliosdesignlabs.com

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Ontario Arts Council and The Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program

 

SoloForDuet.ca