RESIDENCY: Looking Glass Digital

Through the 2016 Summer Student Residency program, Trinity Square is thrilled to have supported the development of Trudy Erin Elmore’s Looking Glass Digital.


“The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth- it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacra is true.”  —Jean Baudrillard

Ushered in by the evolution of computing technology and the Internet, the digital age has given rise to a deeper level of interconnectedness, while severely augmenting our lived experiences. The screen is our entry point to the digital. Like many gazing rectangles before, the screen is a digital mirror into which we project our humanity.

Intended for cellular screens, the series Looking Glass Digital features experimental animations that explore digital simulacra. The series comprises six looping videos—Rock (above), Water, Raindrops, Peony, Moss and Grass—that situate the viewer in surreal landscapes; computer generated infinite horizons, 3D water and live action atmosphere. Playing with a new way of seeing, the content contrasts our sensory perceptions with our desire to find meaning in raw experience. By showcasing CG visuals, Elmore employ the language of software to emulate the multiplicity and production of time in digital landscapes. She uses the language and tools of digital software, like Cinema4D and After Effects, to reveal the shifting perception of time, space and self.

Looking Glass Digital speculates on the many ways our awareness is transforming through the digital manifestations in our lives.

Trudy Erin Elmore is a new media artist living in Toronto. Interested in mythology and technology, she is best known for translating  the dramatic narratives and posturing of classical painting into the digital realm. Based in animation, installation and print, her practice explores issues of impermanence and technological evolution. Elmore explains: “With the rise of archetypal figures like the cyborg and A.I. we are being forced to question the ontological gap between nature and technology,” and it is this intersection of spirituality and technology that anchors the philosophical queries in her work. Her methods characteristically involve both advanced 3D rendering techniques and humanoid forms. Elmore received  the Governor General’s Award (2016) when she graduated from OCAD University with a BFA in the Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (DPXA)  specialization.