Installation-performance réalisée par Emi Honda et Jordan McKenzie
Emi Honda et Jordan McKenzie, Éolienne souterraine, 2013, installation cinétique et performance musicale. Photo: Jean-Sébastien Veilleux photographe

Emi Honda et Jordan McKenzie

Artist / Summer 2013

To Make the Improbable


From 2006 to 2016, Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie collaborated in the development of installation and music projects in which they made use of the miniature and animation techniques to revisit the idea of the landscape. Their sound performances were characterized by the use of self-crafted or found acoustic instruments, and the mythological and animist themes that inhabited their works. Their projects, which consisted of fantastic and bewitching environments, were materially and conceptually marked by cultural hybridity. Well known for their musical collaboration as Elfin Saddle, one of the figureheads of Constellation Records, Honda and McKenzie presented their video and kinetic installations, performances, and films throughout Canada and Europe, including at Centre A as part of SWARM festival (Vancouver, 2015), the Kunsthalle Krems as part of Donaufestival (Krems, Austria, 2014), the MAI (Montreal, 2012), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (2010), the Antimatter Film Festival (Victoria, 2010) and the ODD Gallery (Dawson City, Yukon, 2010). Emi Honda was born in a small town in southern Japan. She now lives and works on Hornby Island (British Columbia). Jordan McKenzie grew up near the town of Chemainus, British Columbia. He died in a tragic accident on Hornby Island in January 2016.