THE ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Nick de Pencier
The film is a taboo-smashing artifact that places the audience in
of runners to experience the thrill and exhilaration of radically
redefining a relationship
with public art. A cavalcade of suits of medieval armour, Egyptian
pottery on plinths, and the like streams by the runners, the vitality
of their speed and life-force infusing these otherwise staid objects
in a public institution. Augmented by an aural universe
of the echoing insistence of pounding feet on gallery floors and
the laboured breathing
of the human machine at work, the film charts the progress of the
runners to underscore
the breadth and extent of their accomplishment. It is the vanguard
of event-based art.
100 LINES MADE BY RUNNING 5 KILOMETERS
Video, 25 minutes
A site-specific land sculpture made by running 100 lines. A line
forms over time in the land behind the artist’s studio building
by running the property owned by condominium developers.
A LAND TRIANGLE MADE BY RUNNING
Video, 27 minutes
A Land Triangle Made By Running is a site-specific land sculpture
in an industrial landscape made by running six kilometers on a bulldozed
property owned by condo developers. A triangle forms over time in
the ‘West Queen West Land Triangle’ adjacent to the
artist’s studio on one of the former sites of the John Abell
Factory (circa 1880). By running the developers’ property,
the artist temporarily gets ‘run of the land’.
The fixed camera frames the labours of the artist in the centre
of the changing industrial landscape. Running back and forth, towards
and away from the camera, the artist makes marks in the muddy soil
with the strength of her stride. Noisy speeding trains cut across
the horizon heightening the momentum of the runner. Looming next
to a majestic factory in the distance, rows of townhouses creep
into the frame foreshadowing the future of the site.
The artist’s impact on the land is minimal in contrast to
that of the developers. By using a simple film technique, borrowing
from Richard Long’s walking works, the illusion of a triangle
forms. The camera positioned at a low angle forces the perspective
of a straight line to appear in the form of a triangle.
The artist, one half of The Movement Movement, trespassed to make
this temporary public artwork on a Sunday morning in mid September
2006. A departure from works performed by The Movement Movement,
this running activity occurs on private property and is an active
protest to running the existing community off the land in order
to erect a series of condominiums.