The project proposed in this application, Ruin The City, is based upon an intervention into specific sites within the city. All of the sites are dissolving fragments of former prominent Montreal industries. Some still remain abandoned and some are encountering change and redevelopment. Images from my own archive of these sites taken during the last fifteen years were enlarged to minimally 1.2 m x 2.4 m as a scale relative to the site.

Each of these nine black and white photographs were inserted into its specific site and the nature its intervention, like the conceptual land works of the 1960-70's, was derived of the site. The images were then abandoned on these sites indeterminately, reiterating the temporality of memory and event. The intervention transformed these industrial landscapes both in time and in space. This proposal is part of a larger project which was to photograph these landscapes in colour during the intervention in a manner which references some of ideas surrounding the landscape paintings of the eighteenth century particularly those of Caspar David Frederich and in a manner which does not necessarily attribute it to this city, but to any. And finally, the completion of this project is series of large colour images.

This project continues my investigations into technology not strictly within its own meanings, but to those, which include and extend to ideas encompassing its relationship to architecture, landscape and sculpture. This project's use of the photographic image to express these ideas of space, place and object also explore issues surrounding the medium of photography. The site is augmented by the image, itself a representation of a something. The photograph also acts as a ruin, the memory of something. To see the fragment of a ruin within the superficial covering of the contemporary is to be made vividly aware of the endurance of memory. Ruin The City is an implicit resolution of my extensive investigation of the Canadian industrial and technological circumstance as first experienced and explored in its abandonment.

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series of nine images - c prints 120cm x 150cm