The Paradise Institute, 2001, is a collaboration between Cardiff and Bures Miller —their most ambitious installation to date. Created for the Canadian Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale, where it won a prize, this immersive environment consists of a wooden structure that viewers are invited to enter .Inside, a balcony space with seventeen seats overlooks a balustrade onto a “hyper-perspectival ” theater with a screen, suggestive of an old movie house.
The Paradise Institute combines sculpture, performance, video, and sound. Present and past overlap ,and open up onto intimations of the future. Once inside this model movie theater, the visitor puts on headphones and watches a thirteen-minute black-and-white video that simulates a film.