13 minutes, HD Single Channel Video, 2019
Off-Season is a video work that reflects on Prince Edward Island’s seasonal tourism industry. The footage has a calm stillness and slow pace as it cycles through views of tourist destinations and attractions across the island in the off-season, including closed down shops, restaurants, booths, amusement parks, campgrounds, beaches, and entertainment venues. The video shows subtle visible movements of the once bustling locations with signs of fall and winter creeping into the frame, while cheerful signage and advertisements seem misplaced with few people around to witness them. The audio was recorded at the same sites at the height of summer tourist season, producing a contrast that reveals the transitory nature of our experience of place.
Off-Season was presented at Art in the Open Festival (Charlottetown, PE) on August 24, 2019 and in the exhibition Lisa Theriault: Off-Season at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PE) from September 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020. An earlier version of this work had a duration of 21 minutes.
Off-Season, Installation view at Art in the Open (Charlottetown, PE) on August 24, 2019 in the woods in Victoria Park.
Off-Season, Installation view of exhibition Lisa Theriault: Off-Season at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, PE) Oct. 2019 - Jan. 2020.