Through the lens of participatory art practice, Veronica Mockler's three-screen video installation challenges the traditional power dynamics in art and research by encouraging academics and artists to actively question the extent to which the people they collaborate with are actually included in the interpretation of their own experiences. Informed by decoloniality, working-class oral history, and popular education, this immersive installation serves as a call to action for a more dialogic approach to art and knowledge-making.
"The Third Screen" premiered for the first time at the Acts of Listening lab in December 2021, in collaboration with the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. It was then presented in the UnionDocs program titled “Bearing Witness” in Brooklyn, New York City, in March 2022. Most recently, the three-screen video installation was presented in "Listening Pasts, Listening Futures" at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, as part of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology, in Florida, USA.
Canadian artist Veronica Mockler is a researcher, creator and facilitator of participatory dialogue-based projects that transform the act of listening to others into an art form. Politically collaborative, her work takes on various shapes, including private interviews, public addresses, video performances, and conversation scores. Her pieces have unfolded within diverse settings, spanning from curated art spaces to official governmental bodies, as well as academic institutions and community organizations. Drawing on oral history, the documentary tradition, and radical working-class popular education, her approach encourages us to challenge not just who is granted the opportunity to speak, but also who is genuinely heard within the institutions of art, citizenship, and knowledge. The artist is currently working as a core research affiliate at Concordia University with UNESCO-PREV co-chair Dr. Vivek Venkatesh.