Apparent Consonance

Looped video installation, 2012

Apparent Consonance


While the mesmerizing quality of the movement of the breaking river ice initially speaks to the fleeting nature of this solid-to-liquid phase change against the backdrop of the larger yearly cycle of changing seasons, it also invites consideration of the tension between the still widely-held belief that water is an endlessly renewable resource, versus studies that suggest that our global consumption of water will exceed accessible water sources as early as 2030.

This contemplation of impending scarcity is suggested formally by the dwindling number and size of ice forms as the video progresses and loops, over the 5 minute span, staggered across 4 viewing "windows" that further emphasize the viewer’s role in witnessing a transient but cyclical event.  The subtlety of the work requires a kind of sustained attention, a miniature version of the kind of attention to natural phenomena that is required to grasp the scope of industrial impacts on global environmental systems. By potentially inspiring similar meditations that move between visual beauty and renewal suggested by the spring melt, and an awareness of the fragile and interconnected nature of ecosystems and impacts of human activities, the video installation underlines the absolute necessity of reconsidering those activities with the future in mind.