10 Existing street lamps modified with mixed media and smoke machines.
Dispersal Zone occupied the 1 km length of Queens Quay East, Toronto, all the street lights are extinguished except for 10 modified lamps from which smoke billows. Dispersal Zone changes
dramatically hour by hour with the ever-shifting weather, the smoke drifting off in a plume, plunging and swirling on the wind or hanging illuminated in traffic lights this constantly shift work traces out the wind.Dispersal Zone
was commissioned for Nuit Blanche Toronto's "The work of wind" curated
by Christine Shaw, also featuring works by; Tomas Saraceno, Heather
& Ivan Morrison, Robert Wysocki, Marguerite Humeau, Christof
Migone, Los Carpinteros, Mary Mattingly, Jon Sasaki, Kika Thorne,
Carlos Amorales, Charles Stankievech and Anandam Dance Theatre.
perceptual effects of the smoke — including the ways in which it
continuously reveals and conceals parts of the urban environment or
makes invisible things, like the wind, visible — are reproduced here as a
kind of performance. Dispersal Zone blends a
spectral theatricality with visions of civil unrest, military action,
chemical warfare, the industrial revolution and belching pollution.