video projection: 9 minutes
Atomic Suite encompasses a series of works that reflect on the subject of atomic and nuclear history, industry and culture. The works include large-scale video projection, a photographic installation and works on paper.
U.S. Marines 75th Regimen conducting parachute training at Wendover Airfield, Utah. The marines jumped each morning for seven consecutive days to reach their required quota of practice jumps prior to deployment in Iraq. Many of these men had already served on one or more tours of active duty, though their skill levels varied. The most skilled jumper carried 400 pounds of supplies and equipment in a crate tethered to his body, while the least experienced broke his ankle from landing off course in the hills across the highway.
Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Motor, Ordnance Disposal, United States Army, Utah Test and Training Range, North Range, Utah. The UTTR is the country's largest combined restricted land and special use airspace area, occupying 19,000 square miles of airspace with 2, 675 square miles of ground space. Dugway Proving Ground, the Army's chemical and biological weapons storage and testing space, is in the South Range, while the North Range handles most other testing activities. Explosives of over 10-kiloton yield can be detonated there, currently the only facility in the U.S. where such high yield ordnance disposal is permitted. Hundreds of rocket motors, most of which come from the Hercules facility in nearby Magna, are being disposed of according to START treaty agreements. Depicted is a C-4 detonation of a Minuteman Missile Stage One Rocket Motor, weighing 41,200 pounds and yielding a 3000 foot high dust cloud with a shock wave that travelled 2.3 miles in 4.5 seconds.
Enola Gay Hangar, Wendover Airfield, Wendover, Utah. This structure is 200 by 228 feet, the largest hangar on what during WWII was the largest bombing range in the world. The hangar was used to store B-29 bombers, then the most complicated and expensive weapon delivery system ever built. The Boeing Superfortress B-29 was a bomber modified for atomic bomb missions and given a unique silver-plate finish. One of these planes was brought to Wendover on July 14th, where it was stationed for two weeks before being flown to Tinian Island in the Pacific Ocean. On August 5th Lt. Colonel Paul Tibbets christened the airplane after his mother, Enola Gay. The following day he piloted it over Japan and dropped the world's first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The Enola Gay Hangar in Wendover, a temporary holding place for the Enola Gay airplane, is a work of emblematic architecture that signifies what some historians call the most important event of the twentieth century, the first deployment of an atomic bomb.
Techan Imai, Butoh Dance, Hopi, Arizona, August 6, 2010. Butoh dance first appeared in Japan after WWII. It explored taboo topics including the devastating impact of the war, in particular the psychic shock and trauma felt in the wake of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Butoh challenged traditional forms of dance by creating a new kind of movement that evoked grotesquerie, darkness and decay, with white chalked bodies moving like ghosts between worlds. Trained by dance legend, Kazuo Ohno, Techan Imai performed in his cornfield at Hopi, Arizona, where he now lives. The performance occurred at dawn on August 6, 2010, on the 65th Anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
video projection: 6 minutes
Facing Io: Prairie Abattoir considers the inter-species dialectic of abattoir workers and animal subjects. The project examines the mythological scope of meat production and the choreography of economies latent in 21st century food production.
A video projection presents the image of a man and a cow facing each other, focusing on the final moments before a kill.
Prairie Meats, a family-run abattoir in Coaldale, Alberta, is a small-scale facility that processes livestock from independent farms in the region, many organic and free-range operations. Because of their business philosophy of transparency and the humane treatment of animals, I was able to spend a morning on the kill-floor, observing the slaughter of six cows. For 25 years, this abattoir hasn't significantly changed its methods, resisting mounting pressure from large-scale industry to increase efficiency and production. This video documents vanishing practices just prior to significant upgrades to the facility.
6 channel video installation
Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Travel Notes 27.05.06: White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico presents a sequence of wall-recessed video screens, each with images of weekend tourists engaged in leisure activities at White Sands National Monument, directly adjacent to an active military range. In this work landscape, tourism, and nuclear and military history converge.
video installation | collaboration with Rose De Clerck-Floate
Southern Alberta Art Gallery
June 24 – September 5, 2011
Field Notes Collective is a group of arts professionals and scientists working in the Southern Alberta area who are bound by a shared set of social, environmental and cultural concerns. The mandate of the Collective is to foster dialogue and action through the staging of cross-disciplinary events, engaging with matters of local and regional interest.
Mapping a Prairie City: Lethbridge and Its Suburbs introduces the Field Notes Collective through the presentation of externally sited works-in-progress by six collaborative art-science teams. Emerging from dynamic intersections in their research and creative practices, these projects have evolved through conversation and field trips to artist studios, research stations, laboratories, rangelands and parks. Combining aesthetic gestures with scientific methodology such as data collecting and seasonal tracking, many of these projects are also responsive to political and economic pressures that affect public policy and quality of life in the city, while raising questions regarding land use, community and place.