Stairwell was shot inside a hidden stairwell located within the Burrard Bridge. The work documents a forgotten space, boarded up shortly after it opened in 1932. Shot on a vertical track running the height of the stairwell, the work now unravels its 62-foot helical architecture onto the horizontal plane of the gallery wall. The dollying camera moves back and forth across the length of the gallery, the projector pulls the image along with it. Drifting between surveillance and cinema, the camera inscribes a repetitive and revelatory process of examination and exploration; capturing fleeting moments of narrative left on the walls; revealing traces of those who left their marks after its permanent closure.
Based in Vancouver, Scott Billings + Josh Hite have presented their work in North America and internationally. Billlings focusses on issues of cinematic spectatorship + the unconscious and the ways in which the apparatus itself reveals the mechanisms of causality. Hite’s practice is concerned with tactics for documentation and human movement through urban spaces. Stairwell is the result of a multi-year project.
Scott Billings + Josh Hite
The artists worked with:
Marketa Van den Elzen
Peter Van den Elzen
Sean Arden Shen Lin
Teah Van den Elzen
M. Simon Levin
Camera Rentals Vancouver
Flying Wedge Pizza
Mark Callow Insurance
Vancouver City Engineers - Peter Judd, Neal Carley, Dane Doleman, Marco Biagini, Enrico Santamaria
Vancouver Film School and Ted Jones
Vancouver Historical Society and Scott Anderson
Vancouver Public Art Program and Bryan Newson