The train looms large in the history of Canada, British Columbia and the Tri-Cities. It was just over 130 years ago that the first transcontinental train pulled into Port Moody from Montreal, and just in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary, the Art Gallery at Evergreen presented the exhibition Train Dreams. This evocative experimental multimedia installation presented animation, archival video footage, original video footage and original sound design produced by four artists working as the Common Collective. Simultaneously projected onto three screens, Train Dreams played with viewers’ sense perceptions, creating experiences of scenes, shapes, spaces, colours, textures and sounds that blended together to form ambiguous impressions of the past.

Artists: The Common Collective (Simon Brothers, Nick Kuepfer, Luke Mistruzzi, Mark Preston).

Generously funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Gallery Stratford.

All images: Installation view of Train Dreams, exhibition at the Art Gallery at Evergreen, 2017. Photography: Blaine Campbell.