Trek

1997

installation with 29-minute video loop on overhead monitor , 29 min

A silent epic in several episodes, following the uncertain journey of a paper napkin across urban spaces. The half-hour video plays continuously on an overhead monitor like those that announce airplane arrivals and departures. The view isolates and tracksthe seemingly animate object as it is blown, in fits and starts, through anonymous surroundings. The quiet, real-time drama of the napkin fluttering, almost breathing, waving, and finally being coerced into movement, is compelling. Each long shot fades quickly to black and back up to a new location, emphasizing the unending voyage. The half-hour video plays continuously on an overhead monitor like those that announce airplane arrivals and departures, inverting both temporal and spatial perspective.

Solo Exhibitions: Notices, Apr-May 1998.
Group Exhibitions: Confederation Centre for the Arts, Curb Appeal, May-Oct 2005.
Group Exhibitions: Ed Video, Pacemaker, Apr-Oct 2001.
Group Exhibitions: Art Gallery of Windsor off-site, Tracking, Nov-Dec 2000.
Group Exhibitions: W139, The Global 500 , Sep-Oct 1999.
Reviews, Articles & Essays: Gillian MacKay, Globe and Mail , 25 Apr 1998.

Germaine Koh, Trek, 1997, installation with 29-minute video loop on overhead monitor.