2:54 minute documentation of CONTAINER as seen in the show Slow Burn Curated by Euan Macdonald at Ditch Projects spring 2015. The footage taken from inside the container truck is 40 minutes in length and follows spring Chinook Salmon on the last section of their run.
In a darkened gallery room, a shaft of light—like an open door—projects around the walls. The light is a video of trees at the edge of a clearing. The projection slowly moves around the walls of the room. It is as if you are in the middle of the clearing but you are only able to view your surroundings through this one moving shaft of light. The complete scene is never fully exposed at once, but rather has to be realized and constructed in the memory of the viewer. This speaks directly to how we personally and culturally construct a sense of place in relation to the natural environment. This engenders a feeling of responsibility and concern for our natural environment. This sense of responsibility is, of course, magnified by the fact that when the viewer’s body interrupts the projection, the video momentarily changes to a sequence of a clear cut. With Andrew Carson
The projection of a swimmer swims across the floor, up a wall, across the ceiling, then back down to the floor in an endless loop. A robotics sculpture in the center of the room rotates the data projector at a rate based on the swimmer stroke. There is an ambiguity: Is the swimmer contained within or propelling the projection? This ambiguity is symbolic of the endless interplay between culture and technology. The swimmer ceaseless circling of the room suggests our almost Sisyphusian relationship to our technologies.