Daily Rituals, HDV video, 9 minutes, looped, 2014-15. Production Team: Artist, Barbara Zeigler; and Filming and Editing Production Assistant, Andrew Powe.
“This video begins with a slow upward movement over a field of white eggshells, as it transitions into a single quiet stream of running water on a black ground. Two hands enter the frame and the daily cycle of the removing of the inner membrane of the eggshells begins. Multiple hands appear and disappear in three vertical frames doing a similar activity, at times reflective and at others times increasingly agitated. By the end of the video the viewer senses the effects of time passing and that a significant shift has occurred.
Employing a narrative structure, this work condenses a process I have gone through for more than 25 years, in the daily washing and removal of the shell membrane of eggshells my family and I consume. Began in the first instance out of necessity, as many rituals are, I found I had to remove the shell membranes to prevent my collection from becoming invested with small insects. The cleaning process, at first done slowly and deliberately, overtime began to become automatic, done more quickly, and even at times in a totally detached and frenetic manner. Issues related to the type of eggs we consume and water consumption during this time became of increasing concern.
In a time of rapid change coupled with an increasingly precarious environmental situation, it is hoped that this work will serve as a reflection on time, transformation, and the role of ritual in our lives, and serve to link aspects of daily ritual to personal and societal change.” (Zeigler)
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Passage II, 3-channel HDV video, 3 six-minute loops, 2014. Production Team: Artist, Barbara Zeigler; and Filming and Editing Production Assistant, Andrew Powe.
This work is comprised of three video screens on which different images appear of a seemingly senseless activity, the repetitive washing of eggshells, and the removable of their inner membranes. Accompanied by the quiet sound of running water, the timing of the three-looped videos on the three screens constantly changes, placing the relationship among the video images in a constant state of flux.
Both meditative and disquieting, the title, Passage, references a process of transition from one state of consciousness, or one way of being in the world, to another. Living in a time of rapid transformation, this work serves as a type of meditation on the present, on processes of change on a personal as well as cultural level, and on one’s roll in relation to change.
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Hidden Sites, HDV video, 6 minutes, 2009. Production team: Artist and Camera Operator, Barbara Zeigler; Film Editor, Sherry Sakamoto of Pacific Spirit Productions; and Production Assistant, Brian Holling.
A large portion of the Metro Vancouver's garbage is trucked from transfer stations in the Lower Mainland to the Cache Creek Landfill. The five-hour journey one way that trucks travel between Cache Creek and Vancouver mirrors major Fraser River salmon migrations, north to the Thompson River and beyond to smaller rivers such as the Bonaparte River in the area of Cache Creek: the fish travel in the Fraser, and the trucks on the road along side the Fraser.
Hidden Sites: Cache Creek pairs a video projection with two images: figuring the context of the landfill and the continuous influx of trucks, transporting waste from Vancouver. The hidden site of the landfill – hidden from sight for the majority of its users – suggests other hidden sites, or hidden sights, of material production and disposal, and their re-shaping of landscapes and ecosystems.