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Grain Elevator – Photo by Jon Degousoff

Grain Elevator was a University of Saskatchewan group collaboration I participated in between fine arts and engineering students called STEAM.  Our goal was to produce work for Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2016.

The Grain Elevator viewed initially would reveal historical photos projected onto the wood panels, when activated by an air compression system designed by the engineers, would blow off the structure onto the ground below.  As the panels fell off the structure, video projection of the microscopic synchrotron images would appear, slowly transforming the elevator with active visuals.

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Grain Elevator by daylight

The Grain Elevator has been a part of the prairie landscape for over a century and is synonymous with the food production in the history of our province.  This historical icon is slowly disappearing and reflects how the farming industry has transformed through the introduction of technology.  Our goal is to reflect on the history of agriculture in our community and to present how it has changed and evolved over time. 

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Grain Elevator – Photo by Jannik Plaetner

We are using the disappearing grain elevator and historical archival photos to reflect on the past farming practices.  In order represent the new, we have partnered with the Canadian Light Source and are working with digital images and video produced by the synchrotron.  The digital methods we have used through video editing and video mapping software also reflects new methods in art creation with the application of utilizing computer technology.

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Photo by Barbara Reimer

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Photo by Barbara Reimer

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Photo by Barbara Reimer

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Photo by Thilina Bandara

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