Video | Vidéo
Created for | Créé pour: Génération dissémination/Generation Dissemination, Curated by | Commissarié par: Maggie Flynn, Le Labo, Toronto, 2012
Video stills | Captures vidéos
Single-Channel video documenting vignettes of everyday life of 3 sites that are emblematic of the manner in which the city of Vancouver defines/situates itself in its own history – that is, in regards to its past, its present, and its future. These sites act as ‘documents’ for the city to represent its own past and future in a present that it elides in doing so. Documented sites are: the location of the 9 O’clock Gun in Stanley Park – a historical landmark that serves as a document of the city’s past and that ‘marks’ the present by being fired daily at 9pm; the Olympic village – which is symbolic of the city’s attempt at being remembered in the future but has proven to be an urban planning controversy; and the BC Stadium – which symbolizes projects that the city of Vancouver was engaged in (when the video was made) at the expense of socio-political issues that beg attention and funding. The way in which the video is shot and edited intends to create a document whose past are future are collapsed onto each other. The viewing of the original document (the site) is therefore destabilized through repetition, incongruities in continuity, and time differences between the windows.