TIDES by Ian Winters
The shelter in place adaptation.
Currently sheltering in place at Minnesota St Project, SFArtsED Gallery, the TIDES project encompasses video installations and photographic prints by Winters, with a new sound score by composer Wayne Vitale, and a live performance (at a date to be determined) with music by Brian Baumbusch. This single channel video adaptation of TIDES reframes Winters’ multi- channel video installation as a left / right split screen, along with hints of the floor and map projections and prints seen in the gallery.
Built in 24 sections, the video and music echo our historic connection to the tides, and follow three full cycles of the Bay’s twice daily tide cycle with the tidal level (rising, full, falling, slack) as fundamental organizing principle.
The visual material was captured over a period of a year, from fixed cameras and during 30+ days of walking around the San Francisco Bay, through neighborhoods and land below five meters in elevation – lands that will likely be inundated in decades to come because of climate change. Informing both visuals and music are compositional patterns drawn from a range of scientific data about the Bay and its intersection of human-natural systems – in particular, of course, the rhythms of the tides themselves. TIDES is structured as a meditation on the intersection of the tidal rhythmn of 24 hours and 50 minutes and the light rhythmn of 24 hours. The mathematics of the intersection of these two fundamental global patterns underpins the compositional structure of both musical works and installation
Bridging the worlds of abstract aesthetic creation, data science, and photo-documentation, TIDES bears witness to the scale of future loss of our bay tide lands, and captures the liminal space – industrial, natural, social – between the low tides of today and the high tides to come.
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