ice, video projection
40" x 20" x 12"
Expanding Tahiti presents dynamics of permafrost Arctic communities as they develop in an environment under transformation by tropical culture, using ice and experimental cartography based on local data of crime and births.
The map was projected onto a melting 300 lb block of white ice that needed to be replaced about every eight days.
Perhaps "Tahiti" is the embodiment of what we lust after (e.g. Melville's "Tahiti", and the "Tahiti" of Godard's Pierrot Le Fou, and Laurie Anderson), a false illusion, while the ocean is a vast embodiment of the harsh truth in life, and the frozen poles are the infinite regions where mankind cannot naturally proliferate, where time does not exist for mankind.