Apparitions | Troy Hourie


Event Description

Apparitions is an immersive mixed-media installation composed of The Bed, The Attic and The Writing Cabinet. An immersive mixed-media installation examining the idea of “designing for wonder” by exploring the mysterious nature of Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw. Apparitions is a long term inter-arts project and this exhibition will form its final iteration.

The Bed explores images conjured in the mind of the boy Miles, as he dreamed of toys, a carousel and Quint’s ghost. The viewer is positioned in Miles’ bed facing a large mirror. From there, they observe themselves immersed in nightmarish imagery that is video mapped onto their body. The Writing Cabinet immerses the spectator in an ephemeral space that layers multi-media in a re-purposed antique writing cabinet. Mechanisms are devised to allow the viewer to manipulate video projected onto a pop-up miniature landscape inside this cabinet of wonder. The Attic is envisioned to be experienced through a ceiling hatch leading to a ‘haunted’ attic. A collection of vintage child toys seized from his wards, Miles and Flora, create Quint’s own secret wunderkammer (cabinet of curiosities). The viewer accessed the attic via a ladder creating an immersive experience by revealing a magical video panorama.

Troy Hourie is an installation artist and scenographer currently living in Aurora. His arts practice explores the relationship of an audience to performative work and the creation of visceral experiences through performance-based art and installation work in theatre, architecture and the visual arts. Based in New York City for nearly 15 years, he has recently returned to York Region after directing the scenic design for the new Jonathan Leaf play Pushkin, performed by the Vicarious Theatre Company in New York. His international career includes visual art collaborations in New Zealand on the sport of free diving, an artist-in-residence collaborative public inter-arts commission in Tondela Portugal, and the Canadian representative to the Prague Quadrennial in 2015. His commendations include a 2015 International Opera Award Nomination, 2013 Helen Hayes Award Nomination, 2003 Drama Desk Nomination and a 2005 Ford Foundation Artist Grant. Troy is currently on faculty at the University of Guelph.

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Apparitions Events

Youth Workshops – Thanks to funding from the Ontario Arts Council, Troy will offer free youth workshops during this month to guide students in making their own “Cabinet of Wonders.” A great way to build your high school art portfolio! For information on these free workshops, please visit this

October 20 – Artist’s Launch 1 – 4pm

October 31 – “Quint’s Haunting” 6 – 8 pm

Hallowe’en night is spooky in the galleries as Quint’s Haunting takes over Apparitions. Drop by to trick-or-treat, and enter into the exhibition….where anything can happen. All welcome. If you dare.

November 10 1 – 4pm

Workshop Exhibition of final projects.

Watch later this month for a feature on Troy on CBC’s The Exhibitionists.

Additional Information

Gallery Hours
Tuesday, Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday & Monday: Closed
The galleries are open during Events outside posted hours.
Admission is Free

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