I Know You Louise Booth & Missing Mass

KIT, Rachel Kalpana James


Missing Mass takes the situation of the "tragedy" as its focus and then strips away the context of the narrative to produce a series of fragmented floating signifiers. Composed of three related sets of images, sharing a similar formal style and presentation, they interrogate relationships between the body and technology, architecture and speed. Since 1999, the collaborative collective known as KIT has dealt with the theme of the crash as the ultimate spectacle. Composed of Java developers, architects and photographers, KIT's production reflects the input of multiple sources and defies an identifiable artistic style while dealing with an expansive set of ideas.

In 2001 Rachel Kalpana James purchased the diary of Louise Booth, a woman (now deceased) who was living in Toronto in 1941. I Know You, Louise Booth investigates the process of constructing and interpreting an identity. In presenting the evidence of a life lived, the artist initiates a process of reflection upon the nature of identity. Combining digital prints of the diary, collaged images, charts of various daily activities and recorded narrations which interpret Louise’s personality, the installation comments on the multitude of factors that determine her personality and contribute to an understanding of a year in Louise Booth’s life.

In the Vitrines exhibition entitled, Dhaka’s Street Art, the artists Mehzun Ruband and Ashek Sakhawat have created colourful montages that testify to the vitality of India’s folk traditions.