hypoxia | lockdown
On March 24, 2020 the Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth, in the province of British Columbia, Canada declared a State of Emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic progressing in its sweep of the globe since mid 2019. In his address, Farnworth mentions Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, who has since become a very familiar face on daily Covid-19 reports on BC media.
Covid 19 Pandemic Cases from March 24, 2020 - March 24, 2021
BC - 99,035 cases; 90,401 recovered; 1,455 deaths
Canada - 977,000 cases; 907,000 recovered; 22,926 deaths
Worldwide - 128,000,000 cases; 72,800,000 recovered; 2,800,000 deaths
With tighter restrictions on public interaction and movement this past year, it has been very challenging to make art in lockdown when I normally wander for long walks shooting outdoors in the Lower Mainland. I had decided to use my limited modes of public access this year as a creative challenge in my process by shooting photos of the silent urban landscapes of North Vancouver from the window of my car, or just beside it. This series of infrared photographs were pared down from shooting neighborhoods either on my way to or from my weekly shopping for a year.
All audio recordings are of my neighbourhood in North Vancouver just outside of my home. Recordings are 1 minute in length, unedited for rawness and recorded at EXACTLY 7pm PST every evening from March 27 through April 12, 2020.
Air and unobstructed breathing has been an ongoing concern in light of the symptoms and illness that is Covid-19. Mandatory mask-wearing in public and restrictions on public performances and singing has also unfortunately restricted our 'voice' and human expression.
The 7 o'clock 'noise makers and pot-bangers' are a record of the public display of acknowledgement and appreciation for the local healthcare workers, who have been burdened with unkown risks while treating patients with this highly virulent illness. The hospital in my neighborhood is only 10 blocks away and every night the workers change shift at exactly 7pm and hear this scheduled explosion of noise from windows and balconies and yards, while the streets remain empty! These hidden and unseen human noises, sounds, music, and vocalizations becomes incongruent and a paradox to the visually vacant urban landscapes in which you would normally expect to see crowds and hear such carcophanies.
hypoxia | lockdown is an audio/photo based project created during a one year lockdown restriction in British Columbia, Canada. It is part of the larger Covid-19 set of projects, called, oz factor.
16 infrared photographs
with sound installion