OOBE’s Usue Ruiz Arana’s work is currently being exhibited at this year’s Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada. The installation immerses the viewer into the calm and chaos of nature as it takes over the spaces underneath the Gardiner Expressway in downtown Toronto. From Dan Leckie Way to Cherry Street, the Gardiner is left to rewild through the action of the water, bringing a lake experience closer to the city, and a wild aesthetic to the urban realm. The spontaneous wilderness of Leslie Street Spit on the shore of Lake Ontario has been used as a precedent for rewilding.
Images, videos and soundtracks are used in conjunction to present an experience of place. The images reveal the architecture of the Gardiner and the nature of the Spit in snapshots. The soundtracks of the Spit that accompany the images immerse the viewer into this new landscape. Through sound, the viewer becomes aware of time, of the animals that inhabit those spaces, changes in seasons, or the surfaces and uses of the space. The installation will be at The Kilns, Evergreen Brick Works, Toronto, Canada, 1-31 May 2016.
For those of you who can’t make it to Toronto get a feel for the exhibition and watch the video here.