Deborah Wang, Stop-Motion Migration No.1-6 (Composite), 2010
Stop-Motion Migration is a series of almost-maps and almost-tours. It performs a different kind of psychogeography, one that doesn’t actualize an experience of mobility through walking, but offers a mobile experience that is apprehended from a static position. If, as sociologist Vincent Kaufmann claims, “psychogeography is fundamentally an experience of mobility, applied to space as much as to time,” then a projected tour of space and through time is possible. Stop-Motion Migration produces a peripatetic experience that more closely approximates artist Richard Long’s description of a walk as living in the imagination of anyone, which is another space too.
Stop-Motion Migration is motivated by my own desire to find and map gallery movements as a way to find ghosts or trace absences in the city. Comprised of six drawings, this project focuses on the idea of ghosting or the accumulation of absences in specific places, rather than a walking tour of the city. It reveals in an abstract way where and when certain galleries appeared, migrated or disappeared, using the ads and listings in Canadian Art magazine as a barometer for this. Its primary intention is not to enter a discussion on the effects of gentrification so commonly (and importantly) associated with the migration of cultural sites, but rather to focus on movement and motion, an ever-changing constellation of appearances or presences in the city.
RETHINKING SPACE: Explorations in the invisible city, XPACE Cultural Centre, Toronto, 2010
On-Site Review 25, Spring 2011