Walking with the Invisible
This project explores the course of the buried Taddle Creek in today’s Toronto. It encourages looking and listening to what cannot be immediately seen or heard —a lost piece of nature and Indigenous history in the city, retrieved through a multimedia installation. Through studying a hidden river, this project explores how humans have reshaped the natural environment of the city.
This practice-based research includes yearlong sensory geography and analysis of the experience of place. It aims to represent a hidden phenomenon, by capturing the trace of it on cyanotypes, walking the course of it as an experimental performance, and juxtaposing photos and sound to create a mental image. It depicts, not the river but the “absence” of it— to make a sense of longing—for the river and the sense of place it could create. This work is representing a present absence; a spatial memory of a lost landscape