February 2 – March 16, 2024
My art works are continuing development in the direction of decentering Western documentation and mapping traditions, and toward anticolonial documenting practice. I am interested in what mapping and documentation looks like without Western cartographers and extractive industry involved. I am interested in what maps look like with kin-network and intimacy informing the shapes of place and strength of sense in direction, as the leading foci. Can a map be created as a “thing” that is experienced? Can a map to a particular point be created in an atmospheric way, by evoking the senses until the map-reader knows they have arrived to the attended place? What does a multi-functional map look like? I wonder and imagine what documenting and record keeping look like when it’s us, the people of the place who live here day-to-day in embodied relationships with each other and the land, keep the notes and focus the perspective. I am interested in expressions of place, expressions made by places in the forms of flora, fauna, water, textures. How a place makes more of itself. How this = home(s), or at least the feeling of a home place.
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Nadine Baldow, Alive Matter (TOPOPHILIA V): Landscape Investigation in Newfoundland and Labrador
March 29 – May 11, 2024
Nadine Baldow’s practice is informed by the current geological era, known as the Anthropocene where traces of human activity become embedded within planet Earth. Are we still part of nature? Or have humans created a new kind of nature? Perhaps estrangement from nature started with a fence: did the first artificial boundary create a gap between man and nature?
In preparation for her upcoming solo exhibition “Alive Matter (TOPOPHILIA V)” at EASTERN EDGE, Nadine will focus on the Landscape Investigation of the surrounding environment of the area Newfoundland and Labrador. Structures, that carry a heavy human handprint are layers of value in an altered landscape. In time these forms establish diverse geological strata, each layer betraying the sedimented yet shifting values of the cultural forces that produced them. With these layers, Baldow seeks to gain a deep understanding of the place and the relationship between “nature” and “culture” in this landscape.
May 24 – July 6, 2024
The residency will be an opportunity to create a system of collective research through a multitude of practices and existing projects, some established and most in development. With each of us siblings having a particular technical background. We hope to interact with the indigenous community of Newfoundland and Labrador, with our initial interest being in the radical resilience culture holds when travelling both over geographical distances as well as travelling in other terms- This implying a belief in no boundaries between all cultures. With our existing interest in archiving material culture and in the process of doing so getting to understand the ether of ways of living that soak into the material worlds communities form despite being far distances from a place which would more easily allow for aspects of that material world (ie:- in ingredients for food, materials for clothes and other forms of life).
July 19 – August 31, 2024
Cranky signifies an erratic vessel, liable to capsize. This nautical meaning serves as a central metaphor for this proposal: I will relief print the hull of a discarded punt, alongside other sea jettison, and turn the printed impressions into textile kites to be flown along the coast. Cranky presupposes the strange and irregular flight of these soft vessels. It also alludes to the volatile consequences of globalization, consumerism, and climate change on coastal communities.
September 13 – October 26, 2024
During the residency I intend to visit the location of the Valentine mine and to research the processes and consequences of extracting gold from the landscape. I will speak with environmental groups and local community to discover the community reaction to this mining project, the environmental costs of resource extraction and the colonial legacy that these disruptive processes continue to enact. I will gather rubble and other materials produced by this extraction process.
November 8 – December 14, 2024
During this residency I will be furthering my research into Power Dressing, and the systems of misogyny within professional expectations and environments. I plan to use these resources and space to develop new performances as PROFESSIONAL WOMAN, explore developing bodies of work regarding Power Dressing and professional fashion, as well as use the time to connect and work directly with the community.
Glenn Gear, Paige Gratland & Daniel Barrow