What about the bees?

What about the bees? explores our impact on the environment and how our simple daily actions can create an imbalance on our surroundings in detrimental ways through the use of sculpture and video projection.  Researchers are indicating that our wireless communication methods are having an disastrous impact on the bee population, disrupting their natural cycles and creating a decline or their population.  Bees provide us with honey, but they also are a key instrument in pollinating our food sources and will ultimately impact our food supply if their populations decline.  What about the bees? draws attention to our use technology for immediate communication, becoming a necessity in order to survive in our society.  Wireless communication has become a part of our everyday living, but how have we compromised other necessary natural cycles and species in our environment?

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Grain Elevator – STEAM at Nuit Blanche Saskatoon 2016

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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. barbara-reimer-3

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.
Photo by Barbara Reimer

 

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Photo by Barbara Reimer

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Photo by Thilina Bandara

Turtles In Space

Stop motion animation based on the work of William Kentridge.

 

Abstract Drawing Drill

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Abstract Drawing Drill

 

The focus of this project was to create a work of art with a force or power outside myself.  I used a power drill, a bamboo steamer lid, grummets, all attached by four feet of aircraft cable in order to introduce an element of challenge.