Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Scale 1: 175,000 Metres

1 comment:

Laura said...

hi all,
i'm leaving a copy of a back and forth set of messages my friend Susie J and i sent each other via facebook (where i have also been posting pictures of our Banff experience). i thought the conversation might be of interest to others visiting the blog.

Susie J (no network) wrote
at 8:06pm
Love it! I think it's really cool and beautiful. I do have a question though though- is why is there little mountain like things in the peice? Is this to represent the elevations or for artistic purposes. Also what is the reason behind this being 16 ropes wide ( think thats how many I counted) ? p.s the video on your blog really shows how huge this is.

Laura Nanni wrote
at 9:01pm
hey Susie,
all great questions.
i should give you some background... (this might take more than one reply on here due to space)

Sorrel (my collaborator) and i usually work with an ocean between us--her in Nottingham, myself in Toronto. a lot of our collaborations deal with distance, mapping and translation of space. our installations can be read as abstract forms as well as visual representations and narratives of our journeys.

for this piece we're creating in Banff, we started with a calculation of the combined distance Sorrel and i had to travel in order to meet here from our home cities. we then calculated what this number would be using a scale of 1:175,00 metres-- this equaled 555.8 metres which is how many rope you see on the video. the 555.8 metres of rope is made up of 27 used ropes collected from Nottingham, Toronto and Banff, tied together and wrapped around the perimeter of our studio.

Laura Nanni wrote
at 9:03pm
yup-- part 2:

so, when we started, we estimated how many times the rope would wrap around the space, but didn't know for sure until we were finished. it circles a total of 18 times.

the curves in the rope began as a result of us responding to the material actually. originally we envisioned a straight horizon line being created by the wrapping, but, since the ropes are used, there were many kinks that influenced how the ropes wanted to bend. once we started hanging the rope while following the natural curves in the rope peaks and valleys began to form. we decided to allow the ropes above to continue following and echoing the shape of the curves and knots below-- somewhat the way layers of land sometimes form and settle. i must admit our current surroundings, the mountains, exposed rock, etc. did end up having an influence on how we allowed this part of the piece to develop.

phase 2 will involve 'eroding' the landscape we have created on the wall and creating a new one. more to come.

Susie J (no network) wrote
at 9:13pm
Wow thank you for that detailed explanation. I got all the answers I could not wait to get. Why erode the landscape (even though I am all for destructing to create)? This is one of those instalations that I would just want to see build over time and eventually take over a space. Oh well, I can't wait to see what the future brings!