The Cryonic Woman is a poetic performance installation exploring the quest of immortality of a Northern woman and pushing the boundaries between real and imagined. As to be remembered, to become immortal, projected images and personal information about us multiply online. Imprinting memories as a way to defeat our ephemeral nature, fame slowly replaces religion. Blurring the lines between real and imagined, which layers of us can still be us? “If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.” The Cyonic Woman represents the plenitude and the solitude of the North: “Everywhere, a huge nowhere.” In this landscape, we are looking further than ourselves, into ourselves and out of ourselves, to find what we are missing, what we can only find in extreme solitude.
The Cryonic Woman has been created in Montreal in 2009, with the collaboration of 2boys.tv, OBORO New Media Lab and Studio 303. This multimedia performance integrates live performance, sounds, objects and video-projections. It has been presented at Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Tallinn, Estonia, as part of the Symposium Imagining Bodies; Landscape, Memory, Community, and supported by Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec.
Performer/Creator: Isabelle Kirouac