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Terry Billings

Public Works

Tender 2007-2010

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“Tender is a new video work projected onto four vertical windows of the Travel Resource Reading Room of the Frances Morrison Public Library in the downtown area. This subtle intervention mediates between nature and the built environment by superimposing onto the reflective surface of the architecture images of non-urban landscapes, plant and animals which will interact with images of passing cars and pedestrians. Carefully edited single and conjoined images will move from panel to panel as a contemporary equivalent of a shoji screen. There is a double irony in this location: it serves as a reminder to both potential vacationers of the rich bio-diversity of our own region, and as an inspiration to civic politicians, planners and all those who are engaged across the street at City hall in determining the future ecological foot print of Saskatoon.”

Bruce Russell, aneco publication, 2007

 

Tender Documentation Excerpts 01 from Terry Billings on Vimeo.

 

Level 2004

12_Level_still_02“In a video projection on the north window of the former Roset by Reid jewellery store, Billings sought to achieve a reciprocity between the luminosity of the projected image and the reflections of the street on the window…As the summer sun set, the window became suffused with a glowing, layered montage of projected images of sandhill cranes in the landscape, reflected images of street life, and the shadows that mysteriously blended and dissolved into each other. The audio component consisted of a repeating CD of bird songs Billings had recorded, manipulated and layered played through a speaker above the main entrance to Bayside. During the day, the audio created pockets of lyrical punctuation weaving in and out of the sounds of traffic and the din of the Bay Parkade demolition, often startling pedestrians.During the evening, the audio further interacted with the projected images on the window, referencing the symbiotic connection between image and sound. The work simulated the flux, beauty and interconnectedness of nature and culture, a reminder of the integral unity between humans and natural systems; but at the same time, it pointed to  the separations imposed between the two.”

Dan Ring, Spectre publication, 2004

 

Level Documentation Excerpts from Terry Billings on Vimeo.

 

Haunt (A Forgotten History) 2002

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Haunt was a public video projection in five parts. Moving images of grassland plants and animals were projected on houses in three different areas of Saskatoon on five separate nights. Each program consisted of a 10-minute video sequence that looped for an hour. The projections invoked the city’s hidden history as grassland. Haunt was created for Spasm, a public art works program organized by Paved Art and New Media, Saskatoon.

“Haunt…was appropriately titled as it was the most uncanny work in the show. Selecting three predominantly white houses in Saskatoon, she projected a video loop of relatively untouched southern Saskatchewan landscape on their exteriors on rotating evenings. While the most striking was on a Spanish-inflected Art Deco bungalo in the downtown core, the stucco being a marvelously reflective surface, the most poignant was on a suburban tract home. Close to the edge of the city, you were more aware of the changes to the landscape that European settlers had wrought.”

Andy Fabo, Spasm publication, 2002

 

Haunt Documentation Excerpts from Terry Billings on Vimeo.