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Sol Cantos / Moon
Video: Created during
a residency at Banff Centre, July 2006
Installation: The Other Gallery, Banff Centre
Sol Cantos was created during a week long residency at Banff Centre
and is based on the site and surrounding area. I work intuitively at
sites and have no idea what kind of work will emerge before I arrive.
Although I did know, before arriving in Banff, that I would not be able
to create works directly in the land or collect natural materials to
bring in to the gallery to become part of an installation. Because of
these restrictions I had a vague idea that I would work with photo,
video, performance, spoken/written word or possibly in a combination.
The Banff Centre campus map gives the impression that Banff Centre is
roughly circular in shape so I overlaid a circle on the map as
an initial site area - not yet realizing that I had arrived at Banff
the day before the full moon. Once I did realize this and I began my
research I discovered that on July 11th, moonset would be at 4:21 am;
sunrise at 5:39 am and sunset at 9:55 pm; moonrise at 11:02 pm . I decided
to walk the circle, Id drawn around Banff Centre, four times on
July 11th a walking meditation collecting video images
along the way. The number four is a sacred number in many cultures and
signifies the four directions, manifestation and abstraction, while
the circle symbolizes unity, wholeness and life. Its interesting
to note that the July full moon is known as the Thunder Moon (also Hay
Moon) the night of this July full moon was filled with lightening
and thunder storms.
I began the first circle walk between moonset and sunrise on the morning
of July 11th and each subsequent walk equally spaced 5 hours and 35
minutes apart, ending with the final walk between sunset and moonrise.
Each walk began at one of the cardinal points with the initial
walk beginning in the east, the second beginning in the south, the third
in the west and the final in the north all moving in a clockwards
direction. The video footage shot during each walk corresponds to a
moving upwards of each circle ie: the video footage shot on the
first circle walked was shot at/below knee level, the second circle
at hip level, the third at shoulder/eye level and the final reaching
into the night sky. The sense of time of day and light changes with
each circle moving upwards and although the footage is presented
in order of circle walked, there is no obvious separation between circles
video is intended to be projected at approximately 10'x10' size, making
the micro the macro.
pic above to view web quality video
Luna Sol Cantos roughly translates to Moon Sun Poem. The video is approximately
12 minutes long, with 3 minutes of edited footage for each circle walked.
Originally Id intended on including sound not only site
sounds: birds, leaves, wind but also voice/chant, but once the
editing was nearly complete I decided to leave the work silent
letting the images, the Land, the site, speak for itself.