This video piece is half of a two-part ode to Batman, the cat belonging to Open Source Gallery.
Open Source's former building was destroyed in an accidental fire which occurred on November 12, 2010, just a few doors down from my studio. Disoriented, Batman - a black and white tomcat who'd been king of the block - disappeared for a few days. This video is based on footage of the fire which I recorded from my roof.
I spent most of the day working away in my studio, absorbed in my research and projects and not fully realizing the gravity of the situation down the block, in the real world just beyond my window. (The 3-alarm fire took about 10 hours to put out.)
The second part of the ode is a sound art piece that can be heard online at http://sarabouchard.bandcamp.com/track/holy-smoke-batman.
"Holy Smoke, Batman!" Parts 1 and 2 were installed in Open Source's exhibition "Associated," which took place in April, 2011, throughout an adjacent building that had been damaged by the fire.