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Lisa Jackson and Jonathan Schipper have created two landscapes : one in the digital realm, the other in the physical realm. One work reflects the value of connections, the other reflects the value of objects. Each of these places describes a reclaiming of earth, time and meaning; exposing cycles of destruction, loss and renewal.
Lisa Jackson, Anishinaabe / Canada + Matthew Borrett (Canada)
Anishinaabe artist Lisa Jackson explores First Peoples' identity and language in all her work. In Biidaaban; First Light she has created an interactive, Virtual Reality (VR) animation. A headset allows the visitor to become immersed in a 7 minute film depicting a future landscape in flux: a fallen city being reclaimed by nature. Jackson has said... “Biidaaban First Light grew out of my musings on what a future would look like guided by the ideas in Toronto’s original languages. Indigenous North American languages are radically different from European languages and embody sets of relationships to the land, to each other, and to time itself." "These languages grow on this land in the same way that plants do. The languages have been spoken here for thousands of years; they capture this land more than any other languages," Biidaaban is the Anishinaabemowin word for dawn; more specifically the first light of dawn, the feeling of a night still there, yet a new day is coming.
Jonathan Schipper, NYC
Jonathan Schipper focusses on the desire of humans to shape, and reshape the world in a bid to find permanence. Detritus shows an environment being actively constructed from rock salt and technology. The installation consists of nine tons of salt heaped in a terrain that covers 1000 square feet of gallery space. An extruder is suspended from the ceiling by cables. By varying the length of the cables, the extruder is able to move around the room and print small objects out of salt mixed with water. Human effort is required to keep the process going. Schipper has noted that these salt constructions represent the human-made objects in our physical world. They are fragile and unstable constructions, crumbling almost as soon as they are built. With sisyphean effort, the extruder labours; constantly rebuilding new constructions to replace those which have fallen. Those which have collapsed return to their natural state only to be scooped up and rebuilt again.
Lisa Jackson (Canada)