This is an extension of the piece parallel, first projected at part of Winnipeg's Nuit Blanche 2012. parallel ll was created for the show Another Atlas at RAW:Gallery, where it can be seen until 6 April 2013. A third iteration of parallel is currently part of the show Movable Borders at Furtherfield Gallery in London, England.
The project uses Google Earth to track along the 49th parallel, that is, the prairie border between Canada and the United States. It's about a few other parallels: parallel countries, parallel modes of imaging and imagining, parallels between political, technical, and visual territories. If you follow it long enough, digital anomalies in the image become apparent; they have to do with when a given area came under the eye of a satellite, and at what resolution. These become landscapes in their own right, with their own boundaries, topography, areas of density and intensity. Something similar happens at the edges between satellite image tiles; their seams are rarely perfect, and we end up with one image blurred or spliced into another, contradictory image. The boundaries between these territories of image are especially visible along a political border like this. While they never equate to the border -- there's usually a displacement of some sort -- they do parallel it. In fact they're more visible than the border itself, which is otherwise realized mainly in agricultural boundaries. All of these anomolies in an ostensibly perfect map of the world invite interpretation, speculation, and imagination.
parallel ll expands the earlier work to run the full length of the prairie border, from the Rocky Mountains (it begins within a mountain) in the west to Lake of the Woods in the east, where the political border diverges from the 49th parallel in a sudden jog north. parallel is the first of a series of explorations I plan to make using Google Earth and other imaging tools.
Sound in parallel ll comprises two superimposed tracks:
Ambient Nothingness, by Hello Flowers, courtesy the Internet Archive, modified
Kibo (Japanese Experiment Module, International Space Station) Ambient Sound, courtesy Christopher Hadfield
Loading more stuff…
Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?