In December 2006, I installed my work, "Finding Aid" in the University of Victoria, Visual Arts Building, Main Gallery. The work, part installation, part archival environment, and part performance, is my investigation into representations of space and place in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta. Specifically I have taken a journey with three historical archival photographs to try to return to the original sites, to re-take the same view with my camera, and then to replicate printing the photograph. As I repeat the photographs, I produce my own account of the journey. This journey - represented in photographs, texts, video and drawings - make up the archive.
"Finding Aid" is a performance piece as I spent a week in the gallery as the archivist. The archiving is an ongoing process and the gallery site gave me a specific time and place to work towards cataloguing and organizing and adding to the existing framework. At the same time it gave me the chance to talk with visitors to the gallery. As such, I invited my friends and colleagues to join me in the gallery during gallery hours.