Mike MacDonald Digital Garden
Robin Metcalfe analyzes Mike MacDonald's exhibition "Digital Garden," at the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery. MacDonald studies medicines from two competing perspectives, Mi'kmaq traditions and European science literature. His work repudiates the way in which media and European thought produce an idea of nature as narrative spectacle or informational collectibles. MacDonald is fascinated with the migration patterns of butterflies and their interdependence with plants. His work attempts to balance these two movements––migrating and settling––and provides an alternative approach to the power of European settlement. MacDonald defies European settlers' grasp for control and knowledge.
ITEM 2016.008 – available for viewing in the Research Centre
Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited
Touched by the Tears of a Butterfly – Mike MacDonald
Electronic Totem – Mike MacDonald
Seven Sisters – Mike MacDonald