The Deceleration Chamber

The Deceleration Chamber
Saturday, July 12, 2008 (All day) to Saturday, August 16, 2008 (All day)

The Declaration Chamber

Dates: July 12 to August 16, 2008

Artists: Scott Amos, Frédérick Belzile, Scott Conarroe, Nathalie Daoust and Daniel Tom

Opening: Friday, July 11, 8 p.m.

Artists' Talk: July 12, 12 p.m.

The Deceleration Chamber was concerned with two entangled ideas: the elasticity of time— especially slow time—and how time is specifically experienced when one is away from familiar surroundings: on tour, traveling or on vacation. Encountering the unfamiliar, being lost or disorientated affects how time is perceived, how data is recorded and recollected, and how all of us choose the mode by which we measure, mark or experience the passage of time.

Artists Scott Amos, Frédérick Belzile, Scott Conarroe, Nathalie Daoust, and Daniel Tom explored differential time scales and referred to time not only as interval or measurement, but also as an active element in the construction of art. The Deceleration Chamber offered compelling time studies that directly and indirectly played off the habits, schedules and the erratic timetables of permanent and transitory populations.


Scott Conarroe (Chicago) 

Frédérick Belzile (Montreal)

Nathalie Daoust (Montreal) 

Daniel Tom (Vancouver) 

Scott Amos (Victoria) 

Funding for The Deceleration Chamber is gratefully acknowledged: The Canada Council for the Arts, The BC Arts Council, and the CRD and in kind assistance of the Victoria International Film Festival.