Migration Parade: An Update
Danielle and I are so happy that the Canada Council for the Arts awarded us an Explore and Create Grant to continue work on our multimedia installation, Migration Parade. Our project is off the ground and happening!
Our first works explored the theme of group intelligence and dynamics. We drew on our personal experiences to explore our relationship to the collective. In this new phase of our project, we are turning outwards to look at group migration/movement and its impacts.
We have two residencies planned over the next year: one at Island Mountain Arts in Wells, BC, and the other at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras (CMMAS), in Morelia, Mexico.
In Wells, we will be focusing on the textile component of the new works, developing and researching new ways of integrating the medium of sound with that of fabric/fibre, and refining the sculptural armatures and felted compositions. UPDATE: Yes! Thankfully we will be continuing with this residency in June-July this year despite the Covid 19 situation.
In January 2021, we will spend a month in the sound studios at the Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras in Morelia, Mexico, where I will be assisting (and learning a lot about sound!) Danielle in the development of the sonic material for the new work. As part of this, we will have the very special opportunity to research and document through sound the butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere in Michoacán. Millions of Monarchs return to this region each year as part of their multigenerational migration route from Canada; we will take field recordings of the butterflies and their environment, which we will then work into the pieces in the studio. I'm looking forward to sharing some of our documentation, as well as my thoughts and reflections on this time with you all through my newsletter, website and social media.
I am so excited about this, and will continue to provide updates on this project as the year progresses!
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts