(with Luis Jacob)
Wildflowers of Manitoba is a performance/film installation of pastoral visions, idyllic fantasies, and queer utopias. Housed in a geodesic dome furnished as a teenaged bedroom, the geometric frame swells with projected visions of a tribe of nude boy-folk exploring the Canadian Prairies near the shores of Lake Winnipeg at the Beaconia Research Station.
Their wanderings and homosocial activity animate a romantic vision of bliss, sensuality and a sexual return to the land. Staged for the camera, yet chasing spiritual transcendence, the set and subjects evoke the spirit of alternative collective lifestyles and Radical Faerie communes, with their spread-eagle experimental communitarianism, environmentalism, and sexual liberation.
The installation has toured the world with live performers living inside the dome. This documentation video is from the 5th Contour Video Biennale in Mechelen, Belgium, "Sound & Vision" curated by Anthony Kiendl.
Opening May 27, 2012 until Apr 1, 2013, Wildflowers of Manitoba can be viewed at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. massmoca.org/event_details.php?id=663 Curated by Denise Markonish
Plug In ICA, Steven Matijcio -- Commissioning Curator
Montreal Biennale, 'Crack the Sky' -- Wayne Baerwaldt, Curator
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia, 'Idyl', Scott Watson, Curator
Toronto International Film Festival, Future Projections, MOCCA, Wayne Baerwaldt, Curator
58th Berlinale, Forum Expanded, Wilde Gallery, Stephanie Schulte Strathaus, Curator
Armory Show, Volta, 'A New Stance for Tomorrow', Natalie Kovacs & Victoria Brooks, Co-curators
22nd MIX NY Queer Experimental Film Festival, Stephen Kent Jusick, Curator
Glenbow Museum, Sled Island Music Festival, Wayne Baerwaldt, Curator
University of Toronto, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Nuit Blanche, Barbara Fischer, Curator
5th Contour Video Biennale, Mechelen, Belgium, 'Sound & Vision', Anthony Kiendl, Curator