2011 - 2013
Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
My interest in symbology surrounding water led me to the oceanfront of my own prairie province of Manitoba at the mouth of Hudson Bay. Here, with my former collaborator Kaoru Ryan Klatt, I spearheaded an integrated arts project involving the region’s beluga population. Creative interaction with these whales was explored through musical exchange and dance-like movement on the water.
Performative action unfolded on the Churchill River aboard Canuga (a white canoe with hand-built outriggers, designed to emulate beluga pod structure) and the SSV Cetus (a sculptural sea vessel with a rigid inflatable boat base, built as a transient performance venue and interface to connect with the aquatic realm). The Voice Extender (a homemade underwater speaker system) allowed for vocal interaction between humans and whales.
Inherent in this work are complexities pertaining to human engagement with the natural world beyond development. in mid-july 2013, i removed myself from fieldwork to consider questions through studio practice. My continued exploration of ideas and experiences stemming from my work through the former collaborative entity WHALE and within the Becoming Beluga project have since been undertaken independently.