2019, 20:00 minutes, colour, No dialgoue
Landscape Technician is a performance document that deftly uses Chroma keying technology to juxtapose the artificial and the real embedded within nature, place, and identity. Jordyn Stewart’s work takes a self-reflective approach in revisiting familiar sites that have informed her understanding of the regional landscape, revealing their human-made, maintained, and manicured qualities. In grappling with nature as a constructed experience, she acknowledges her skewed understanding of place.
Dressed in everyday studio attire and with tools in tow, Stewart mounts three panels of fabric similar to a backdrop in a photography studio. The physicality of the fabric is apparent as the landscape is ‘installed’ before our eyes, handled like an object that the artist has complete authority over. Engaging in dialogues around control and commodification, Stewart actively situates herself within this constructed landscape: as the performance concludes, it becomes clear that the ‘natural’ site is only an illusion.
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