A community of electrically sensitive people is fleeing to a remote region of West Virginia called the National Radio Quiet Zone. Seeking refuge from the proliferation of wireless technology, this community lives in the shadow of one of the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescopes. Following four electro-refugees, The Quiet Zone charts the tenuous connection between the telescope and the community it shelters-reflecting our own concerns and ambivalence about the ever-widening encroachment of communications technology.
Elisa Gonzalez is rooted in the fine arts practicing as a filmmaker, multi-media artist and educator. Her work ranges from experimental to interactive documentary that has exhibited internationally including Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain and The Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center at the Anchorage Museum. Her work explores the inherent tension between memory and history, technology and the individual through contemporary documentary form. She currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
Daniel Froidevaux is a documentary filmmaker and video artist whose work focuses on themes of memory and history, technology and identity. A graduate of Ryerson’s Master’s in Documentary Media Program, his work lies at the intersection of documentary film and contemporary art, and has shown in galleries and festivals in Canada and Internationally. In 2012, his short film, Little Castle, played at the Montréal World Film Festival, and showed in the group exhibition Art of the Archive at the Ryerson Image Centre. The Quiet Zone, is the final iteration of an on-going project with collaborator and co-director Elisa Gonzalez. It has previously been exhibited at Pierre François Ouellette Gallery in Montréal, and as a short video at Pleasuredome’s New Toronto Works, and the Channels Video Festival in Melbourne.