Canada / Duration 9m 16s / 2010
This work explores some of the varying and often conflicting concepts and perceptions of “time.” It is a record of the earth’s orbit around the sun as witnessed from the surface of the planet.
The process of obsessively gathering the source footage for this project is conceptually inseparable from the art work itself.
The resulting video is a year-long time-lapse that documents the seasonal changes and the leisure activities of visitors to a public park in the Rocky Mountains of Canada. A montage of news, weather and sports audio clips creates a larger socio-political sphere for the picturesque park and its visitors. One does not exist in isolation of the other. Together they reveal some fundamental and timeless truths about how we as a species relate to each other and to the world around us.
The video produces a surreal (real-time, time-lapse) visual experience. The viewer is suspended between the altered timescale conveyed by the artwork and the spatial, moment-to-moment experience of the work itself.
My work is best understood as a form visual anthropology. It blurs the boundaries between documentation, voyeurism, personal journal, and art. Most of my projects involve methodical processes that verge on ritual. They are contemplations on concepts of “time” within the socio-political context of everyday life.