Place, Narrative and New Media symposium, a gathering which examined using technology to explore the ways and whys of where we live.
One of our presenters was then-ICH intern Jedediah Baker, and one of the attendees was artist Marlene Creates. Since that first meeting, the duo, along with visual artist, filmmaker and poet Liz Zetlin, have been hard at work. They have recently released a new web-based narrative project.
A Virtual Walk of The Boreal Poetry Garden (http://marlenecreates.ca/virtualwalk) was conceived by Creates. The project uses words in situ to commemorate certain fleeting moments of Creates' interaction with the place where she lives in a ‘relational aesthetic’ to the land.
The virtual component, featuring web design by Baker, is comprised of an aerial photograph of the landscape, with a series of poem titles to one side. When the online visitor moves the mouse over the list of poems, a dot shows up on the photograph, and when clicked, opens up one of a series of short, location-specific video poems directed, shot and edited by Zetlin.
Within the six acres represented on the map, there is a multitude of microhabitats: dark spruce and fir thickets; a steep wooded droke; a windblown tolt with goowiddy and tuckamore; a rattling brook called the Blast Hole Pond River; an overgrown bawn; and moss-covered volcanic rock up to 1,000 million years old.
“I have become more and more aware that my experience of the landscape includes language," says Creates. "I cannot walk this terrain without local names for landforms and vegetation sounding in my head."
The project was produced with the support of The Canada Council for the Arts.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
This is a recording of an interview conducted by Dale Jarvis, Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer for Newfoundland and Labrador, as part of the traditional dance symposium held in Old Perlican on Saturday, July 17, 2010. Interview introduced by Dr. Kristin Harris-Walsh, Centre for Music, Media and Place, Memorial University. Interviewees are (left to right in the photo) Wendy Wagner, Feather Point Dancers, Harbour Grace; Elizabeth Tuttle, Baccalieu Square Dancers, Old Perlican; Alice Cumby, Mizzen Heritage Square Dancers, Heart's Content; and, Sheila Power, Baccalieu Trotters of North River.
Pardon the noise in the recording!
You can download the interview podcast as an MP3 here:
Or listen to a streaming audio version (or find other recording formats) at:
Some photos now online on Facebook at:
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
2010 is Trepassey's Come Home Year, and in celebration of one aspect of local intangible cultural heritage, the organizers are planning an Ugly Stick Workshop during the week of the Come Home Year Celebrations. The workshop will be held 2:00 PM Thursday July 29th. They will provide the beer caps and the juice cans, you provide the mop (and the decorations of your choice). Get the full details at:
Can't make it to Trepassey for the workshop? Have no fear! The Do-It-Yourself junkies at The Scope can help you make your own:
Ugly Stick on Wikipedia
Mike Maddigan of The Sharecroppers shows how it is played: