Performance art at Spark in Syracuse on March 26, 2011.
Danny Roy has been a lobster fisherman for 32 years. Fishing out of Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Roy knows the inner harbour, the Western passage from Port Mouton Bay to the open Atlantic, as well as anyone. He tells of an environmental disaster in the Bay and inner harbour, the tragic story of a commercial salmon fish farm that dumped fish sewage and excess fish feed on the bottom of the Bay unchecked for 15 years. While the site now lies fallow, hopefully to heal, 198 acres of the bottom remain covered with up to three feet of toxic brown waste. This dead zone is oxygen depleted and bubbling with ammonia, methane and hydrogen sulfide gases.
Lobsters are sensitive to such a repulsive chemical stench and no longer come into the sheltered Bay that once functioned as their nursery. Danny Roy and scores of other fishers from Port Mouton have been forced to set their traps outside in deeper water. Roy tells the story of this environment disaster from his experience as a fisher, diver and life-long Port Moutoner.
This video-music composition was shot on and around Summerville Beach, Queens County, Nova Scotia, between 1988-1991 by Tom Sherman. The music was composed/performed by Jean Piche in response to the video edit. Piche's 'piano solo' was generated through a instruction set run through a computer program, Max (the notes or tones were determined by Piche's instructions which were 'sensitive' to the environment and motions depicted in the video edit).
video: Tom Sherman
music ("musiques virtuelles 1"): Jean Piche
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Tom Sherman is an artist and writer who authors all manner of texts. He works in video, audio, radio and internet forms. He is a professor in Syracuse University's Department of Transmedia. He splits his time between Syracuse, New York and Port Mouton Bay, on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.