Stop-Motion Migration

Stop-Motion Migration No.1 (1985), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper

Stop-Motion Migration No.1 (1985), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration is a series of almost-maps and almost-tours. It performs a different kind of psychogeography, one that doesn’t actualize an experience of mobility through walking, but offers a mobile experience that is apprehended from a static position. If, as sociologist Vincent Kaufmann claims, “psychogeography is fundamentally an experience of mobility, applied to space as much as to time,” then a projected tour of space and through time is possible. Stop-Motion Migration produces a peripatetic experience that more closely approximates artist Richard Long’s description of a walk as living in the imagination of anyone, which is another space too.

Stop-Motion Migration is motivated by my own desire to find and map gallery movements as a way to find ghosts or trace absences in the city. Comprised of six drawings, this project focuses on the idea of ghosting or the accumulation of absences in specific places, rather than a walking tour of the city. It reveals in an abstract way where and when certain galleries appeared, migrated or disappeared, using the ads and listings in Canadian Art magazine as a barometer for this. Its primary intention is not to enter a discussion on the effects of gentrification so commonly (and importantly) associated with the migration of cultural sites, but rather to focus on movement and motion, an ever-changing constellation of appearances or presences in the city.

Stop-Motion Migration No.2 (1990), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.2 (1990), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.3 (1995), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.3 (1995), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.4 (2000), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.4 (2000), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.5 (2005), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.5 (2005), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.6 (2009), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

Stop-Motion Migration No.6 (2009), 2010, 22 x 17” digital print on paper, installation view

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Stop-Motion Migration was published in On-Site Review 25, Spring 2011.

Stop-Motion Migration was also presented at

RETHINKING SPACE: Explorations in the invisible city
A project by Deborah Wang
Saturday April 24, 2010 at 2pm (rain or shine)
XPACE Cultural Centre, 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

Using the concepts of the map and the tour as a form of curatorial practice that engages the city as both the gallery and the artwork, RETHINKING SPACE: Explorations in the invisible city locates itself in the sites of the everyday, and aims to translate spatial notation (the map) into a physical experience of the city (the tour). Expanding on the Situationist term dérive, these curated walks ask the individual to explore the urban landscape using the map as a guide for their tour, and to activate spaces by walking them.

This project is comprised of two self-guided tours: The Bad Feng Shui Project: A to Z and Spatial Geometries: Mirror Line, and Stop-Motion Migration, a one-day installation that maps movement through time and the city.  The event starts at 2pm, and will be followed by a reception at the gallery from 5 to 7pm.

Participants come to XPACE between 2 to 5pm to pick up maps that direct their self-guided walking tours and ask them to do something with the city.  This event is free and open to the public.  250 copies of each map will be available and distributed to everyone in attendance.

RETHINKING SPACE: Explorations in the invisible city would like to acknowledge the support of the OCAD Student Union.

RETHINKING SPACE event, photo by Christine Lim Photography

RETHINKING SPACE event, photo by Christine Lim Photography

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