Projects

Camera Tracking a Spiral Drawn Between the Two Curved Towers of Viljo Revell's Toronto City Hall
Camera Tracking a Spiral Drawn Between the Two Curved Towers of Viljo Revell's Toronto City Hall

35mm colour motion picture film, 1:1.85, no sound
2010
9min looping film installation
Commissioned by the City of Toronto & Sarah Robayo Sheridan

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35mm colour motion picture film, 1:1.85, no sound
2010
9min looping film installation
Commissioned by the City of Toronto & Sarah Robayo Sheridan

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The attenuated, curving towers of Viljo Revell's Toronto City Hall (1965) is widely considered one of the city's most iconic buildings. Presenting a monolithic column of interleaving concrete forms to the north, it opens to the south to reveal a space age council chamber as well as the facing walls of municipal workers' windows. The building itself is used as a machine for the production of the film. As the camera charts the course of a spiral that begins at the bottom corner of the east tower and makes almost two complete revolutions as it ascends to the uppermost corner of the west tower, it looks straight out the windows at all times. The camera glides along its path, cutting to blackness as the arc passes from one floor to the next or as it jumps across the void of space between the two buildings, always keeping the opposing tower in view while the surrounding city is revealed at the peripheries of the image. The film perpetually loops from the top of the structure to the bottom starting point in one endless cork-screwing motion. [ - ]