Island (2014) is a projected video loop created from footage gathered on a boat trip that artists Faith Moosang and Deanne Achong took around the perimeter of Lulu Island, Richmond (BC, Canada). The artists filmed the outside edge of the island from the vantage point of the Fraser River. Large-scale industry and gorgeous vistas exist side by side on the periphery of Lulu Island. The edge of the island reveals its specific and still unfolding history— from wilderness through agriculture to resource extraction.
The sound track uses a blend of an 1888 wax cylinder recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt and a 1934 version conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham. The Handel wax cylinder is one of the earliest recorded sounds in audio history. The recording is a tenuous representation of the Oratorio that is not obviously music – slipping into sounding like drums, trains, machinery and even wildlife.
Island was created as part of a public art commission received by artists Deanne Achong and Faith Moosang, from the City of Richmond. Its exhibition history is as follows:
Your Kontinent Film and Media Arts Festival, July 2014
Ships to Shore Festival, June – July 2015
Britannia Heritage Shipyards, permanent display starting in the Fall of 2015
More information about the entire project can be found here: http://lulusuite.ca