The Navigator

Photo of Joseph Browne


Loan Ertel

The Navigator

Music Conservatory of Montreal

Written by

Joseph Browne

interpreted by

Ida Toninato

as part of:

Totem Electric #9


100,000 light years is one trip across the galaxy. The proton of a hydrogen atom is 100,000 times smaller than the atom itself.  At a scale less than 1000 times smaller than a hydrogen atom’s proton, space-time is effervescent like a foamy tide.

The navigator traces their course on the vast expanse of an infinitesimally tiny ocean. Confined by silent shores, they sail on a ship made of light. They steer the ship by listening to the winds. Transdimensional waves and anti-waves alter the course. With precision, the navigator maps uncertain paths across fleeting Planck lengths.

This version of The Navigator was premiered and filmed at Totem Électrique IX, Montreal (Quebec) on 3 June 2017.