in time


Video projection, 46 min, sound

Coproduction Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Casino Luxembourg

With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts

Excerpts from the film Lost in Time

In Lost in Time, two parallel narratives intertwine: the first follows a helmet-clad, faceless horse and rider adrift in an indeterminate landscape of ice and snow, quite literally lost in time and space, while the second seems to allude to a strange scientific experiment. Lost in Time plunges us into perpetual renewal, each ending leading to a new beginning. The protagonists – two beings bound by a certain mutual dependence – are forever trapped in a time loop where life and death ceaselessly rotate.

One of the interpretations that I have considered, and that seems best so far, is a representation of the conscience (the protagonist) and the subconscious (the horse), dependent on each other. The two seem to have a relationship of mutual dependence, a false but nonetheless visceral fusion, the former giving the impression that it controls the latter – whereas it’s the opposite that happens with an unconscious part of the mind more powerful than reason in each of us. The conscious mind vainly attempts to exert its authority, abnegating, pushing back urges, blocking and finally abandoning the instinctive part, leaving it to dissolve in conformity. At the beginning of the narrative, the two elements seem to move through time and space at a confident pace. Powerful, dark and helmeted, they stand out in sharp contrast to the immaculate, undefined setting. But on their wild ride they come to understand that nothing actually awaits them and that all roads crisscross and lead nowhere; advancing with an increasingly indecisive, hesitant stride, they eventually disagree about which way to go. The rider fails to listen to his mount, to follow its instinct. He wears it out, until it abandons him by collapsing, exhausted, renouncing the failed quest in an endless blizzard. The protagonist forges on, alone.

Patrick Bernatchez in Muhlen, Kevin, “Interview with Patrick Bernatchez”, Patrick Bernatchez. Les temps inachevés, Luxembourg, Casino Luxembourg ; Montreal, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 2015, p. 101

Original sound track

Limited edition on vinyl in collaboration with Murcof

The original sound track of the film, produced in collaboration with Mexican musician Murcof, includes the aria from the Goldberg Variations sung by Les Petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal. The sound track also exists as an autonomous work titled Lost in Time/Murcof.

Excerpts from the soundtrack recording of the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal and Murcof

Photos of the filming