Christopher Payne - Installations

Christopher Payne works predominantly with sound, light, and video, as experiential tools. Payne completed his original artistic training in cinema at Concordia University in 2007 before completing his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2013. His work and performances have been presented in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Poland, Belgium, and Mexico. He is represented by PDA Projects Gallery, Ottawa.

Christopher Payne’s practice is about the poetics of atmosphere. Payne explores the environments that surround us; the air, humidity, temperature, and displacement; the vibrations traced in space by sound, or the blanketing stillness of a humid afternoon as it turns the light a golden yellow, or a clear northern winter as its crisp air turns the world a subtle blue and sounds jagged.


The first part of an ongoing experimental documentary, Dog Days explores the space and atmosphere of the hottest and most humid days of summer. Taking as its source material field recordings of backyards, parks, air conditioning units and stifling evening air. Dog Days creates and evokes juxtapositions through cinema, natural and unnatural spaces, and astronomic observations. The piece is best enjoyed without shoes.

DOG DAYS, March 2016, PDA Projects on Elgin Street, Cedar, Fake Grass, Heat Lamps, Plastic Palm Tree, Sound and Video