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Liquid Cohesion, 2012

Michael Alstad - Toronto, Canada

Liquid Cohesion, 2012
Video Installation

115 - Commerce Court Central Courtyard & Fountain
25 King Street West
(Access via Bay Street or Jordan Street)

[ selected photographs ]  [ video ]

Commerce Court plaza water feature will be visually transformed into a utopian aquatic playground. A video loop composed of people swimming among marine life will be projected down onto the shallow circular pool surface creating an open-ended virtual aquarium. Designed in 1994 by Zeidler Architects, the Commerce Court plaza is a highly urban space nestled between Toronto‘s key financial district bank towers. The site-specific video projection will infuse a colourful and random whirlwind of nature as a counterpoint to the stark simplicity of the geometrically defined modernist courtyard. The video also takes cues from Derrick Hudson‘s nearby public art sculptures - a work that transposes a majestic elephant family onto the austere urban plaza.

The visual effect of Liquid Cohesion, an integration of human and aquatic forms, suggests a temporary suspension of the delineated boundaries between humans and the natural world. Building on artist Michael Alstad‘s ongoing engagement with urban space and public memory, the work integrates architecture and environment to pose an alternative history and meaning of the urban landscape, an imagined time and space beyond visible surroundings.

Artist Biography: Michael Alstad is a Toronto-based artist and independent curator working in installation and digital media with a focus on architectural and public space. His work encompasses a diverse range of media including video, installation, photography, networked art and research based practice. His web, video, installation, and photo-based works have been included in many international media arts festivals, on-line exhibitions, galleries and public sites. Michael is a founding member of the Canadian artist collective Year Zero One where he has curated numerous projects in the past decade.

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