Performance documentation. Part of "Northern Exposure" a series of video/performance work completed at the Ted Harrison Artists' Retreat at Crag Lake in the Yukon, Jan-Feb 2011.
The video vignettes are concerned with the drive to engage in fanatical ritual in “the Wild” to reach a state of transcendence. I am fascinated by the current trend of Yoga and other mind-body retreats with urbanites searching for meaning and equilibrium in the blur of our techno-reality. In the Yukon, the obsession with experiencing the extraordinary lies in the personal conquering of the extreme environment, and competitors flock here from around the world to participate in the Quest, the Arctic Games and other races that test the limits of human endurance. These videos are the culmination of these objectives. However, re-contextualized and endlessly repeating they seem contrived and ridiculous. Or do they in some strange way realize their purpose?