Mackenzie Place

Mackenzie Place informs our understanding of circumpolar life through the production of composite still and moving images that track the consistencies and curiosities that define northern urban landscapes. Hay River, a small town in Canada’s Northwest Territories, is the first field site of what is anticipated to become a global network. The completed work will consist of a four-channel immersive video installation that compiles five million images captured over twelve months by four cameras installed on a uniquely tall building that presides over the center of town. The installation will permit the viewer interactive access to all that is witnessed by this singular structure.

Mackenzie Place is a collaborative project with artist Tori Foster, and emerges from a research collaboration with anthropologist Lindsay Bell, funded in part by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design.