2 video projections, sound spatialized through 8 speakers covered with green silk
The images and sounds are of waterfalls in North Niagara that are part of the system of creeks named by numbers which are the measurement in miles of the mouths of the creeks from the mouth of the Niagara River. The waterfalls in Fall are Swayze Falls which is on a tributary of the Twelve Mile Creek, Rockway Falls on the Fifteen Mile Creek, Louth Falls on the Sixteen Mile Creek, Upper Balls Falls and Lower Balls Falls on the Twenty Mile Creek and Beamer Falls on the Forty Mile Creek. These falls are on land publicly-owned either by the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority or Ontario Provincial Parks.
In the video projection on the south wall, two minutes of footage of each falls is separated with a numeral identifying its creek. In the other video projection, footage from the first is edited in short clips based on the relevant number. The act of measurement by European settlers in Niagara that led to the naming of the creeks, and therefore our cultural geography, becomes the device for visually shaping the video.
Grimsby Public Art Gallery, September-November 2008 with Fly
Thanks to Darren Copeland for sound spatialization and Charles St. Video for mobile equipment and post-production. Thanks also to Ross Turnbull and Matt Harley.
Photos: Isaac Applebaum