Responding to sites around the world through works created in site specific installation, intervention, ephemeral sculpture, video, sound, web, permanent site-specific sculpture, photography, printmaking,painting & drawing.
Above, So Below
I was at the University of Toronto for the ESAC Conference in May 2002,
I was invited
to create new site specific work for the entrance area to the space where
the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Environmental
Studies Association of Canada (ESAC), the Canadian WSSD Secretariat and
the Institute for Environmental Studies were compiling video for the Canadian
delegation to present at the World Summit in South Africa later in 2002.
I had two days
and a choice of a few spaces inside the Earth Sciences Building for an
installation. I decided on the actual entrance area to the conference
room rather than the larger main entry way. This was an intimate space
and allowed the video conference attendees to study the natural materials
collected in a more intimate manner. I was thinking of the micro as a
reflection of the macro and as above, so below. Canadians had been invited
to attend the conference and send their remarks, reflections and ideas
to the World Summit via video...a micro of the macro.
There are a
couple of outer courtyards in the area that are an easy walk from the
Earth Sciences Building. I collected natural materials from these spaces.
Above: clippings from trees and below: seeds from the ground.
These were then suspended within the window frames of the conference room
corresponding to the idea of above and below. A magnifing glass was provided,
inviting closer inspection.
As Above, So Below Video Clip
Copyright 2002 Ingrid Koivukangas, all rights reserved