Internal Sound: 3 audio speakers played the following tracks (overlapping) and were placed inside the mound of bed sheets so that participants asked to take their shoes off and lie on the pile to hear them. The same story is read by different readers and gender is also swapped. In the installation the stories are mixed up so that the same story isn’t repeated. External Sound: Three speakers were placed at the perimeter of the mound, facing in, playing the following track. These sounds were collected from field recordings during gathering missions (collecting sand and environmental materials from Squamish)
“Our body is not in space like things, it inhabits or haunts space. It applies itself to space like a hand to an instrument, and when we wish to move about we do not move our body as we move an object. We transport it without instruments as if by magic, since it is ours and because through it we have access to space.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty. “An Unpublished Text”. The Primacy of Perception: And Other Essays on Phenomenlogical Psychology. Translated by Arleen B. Dallery. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1964. Hallowed Winds has been in incubation / thought / slight working process for over six months now. The journey started with collecting stories about a memory of touch offered from my community. I am grateful for the diversity and deeply personal nature of these stories that have been contributed thus far. The last two weeks the development of this installation has ramped up substantially with the start of my six week artist-in-residence position at Quest University. In particular, I have to note that a few days ago I was ecstatic to answer my phone and learn that the Canada Council for the Arts is supporting this project along with the Squamish Arts Council. I have arrived. Deep breath out. The grounding work of the project has resulted in twelve sandbags filled with material from Squamish. Mostly I’ve collected sand from Nexen and Mamquam – physically these have proven to evoke the nature of the body. Each bag weighs about 40lbs…
Do you recall a meaningful memory where a distinct moment of touch occurred? I am collecting stories about touch for use in an upcoming installation at Quest University in March, 2015. Please email your written accounts to firstname.lastname@example.org. All stories will remain anonymous. Deadline for submissions January 15, 2015.