Tag Archives: land surveying
Chain Reaction
2010 | Gunter chain (66 feet / 22 yards / 20 meters), padlocks, car paint, keys, cable ties. Dimensions variable (minimum diameter 2 meters)

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First Contract
2010 | Series of 9 colour photos, each 77 cm x 70 cm (unframed) | Edition of 5 + 2 AP

First Contract (2010) is part of a work group that includes the object, Chain Reaction, and the video installation, Little Mountain. It consists of a series of 9 photographs concerned with the complex ramifications of the Western insistence on quantifying land, thus transforming it from being primarily a place which confers local identity and a place to live into an object of trade and speculation. The photos also reflect on the colonial dispossession of the original inhabitants of the north American continent, especially the First Nation peoples of Canada by using ‘flagging’—plastic ribbons normally used to mark property borders—in lines or triangles and ironically re-creating the Euclidian geometries of surveyor rituals of appropriation and possession. This is still contested territory. Read More…