Cambridge Galleries - Kinetic Scupture
September 5 - October 19, 2003
Territories incorporates a digital image of a polar bear found on
the Endangered Canadian Species List on the International Fund for
Animal Welfare web site. Alstad enlarged this image to life size
and sectioned it into hundreds of small squares (2 x 2") and
placed each square into a mini ziplock bag. Like self contained
preserved cells, each piece was joined together with
tiny key rings to reconstruct the polar bear.
reconstructed image hangs from aluminum arms mounted to a small
motor attached to the gallery ceiling. The mechanism rotates the
image of the bear in a slow 360 degree loop of continuous motion
mimicking the repetitious movements of the polar bear in
a zoo enclosure.
Through the juxtaposition of nature (the polar bear) with the man-made
(controlled motion and the suggestion of rigid classification),
Territories delineates conceptual ideas of human/animal/cultural
relationships within prescribed spaces and artificial boundaries.
Michael Alstad would like to thank Veronica Verkley and Jim Ruxton
for technical assistance in the development of Territories.
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO DOCUMENTATION (2.5MB)
n conjunction with the exhibition Territories, Michael Alstad initiated
the intervention 'Ziplocked Species' in the adjacent library. The
artist downloaded digital images of a selection of mammals, birds
and insects on the Endangered Canadian Species List on the International
Fund for Animal Welfare web site. Each image, along with the speciess
Latin name, taxonomic group, risk category, range and 'year of endangered'
designation, was inserted into small 2 x 2" Ziplock bags. Each
bag was then hidden in a calculated selection of library books
some popular and others obscure where they will be discovered
by the public over an extended period of time.
Territories: kinetic sculpture
digital print, ziplock bags, keyrings, motor, aluminum wheel
Ziplocked Species: library intervention
digital prints in ziplock bags
photo documentation: David Popplow
video documentation: Michael Alstad