I am preparing for my trip to Canada on 24 July. Before heading for Newfoundland where I will attend a 6 weeks residency in Terra Nova National Park, I will make a ‘detour’ via Ottawa to meet colleagues and friends I made during my last year’s residency at Centre Daimon (actually located in Gatineau, on the other side of Ottawa river; http://www.daimon.qc.ca/) and to meet with architect/urbanist Mark. T. Brandt to discuss possible ways of cooperation for a project on a shared passion: the Chaudiere Islands. These Islands lie in the Ottawa river below the Canadian parliament and on the border between Ontario and Quebec. Mark and I got in contact after he saw my virtual panorama tour on the islands that is based on footage I collected in 2010. (http://www.rangsch.de/chaudiere_tour/start.html)
It won’t be my first time in Newfoundland either: My first long distance residency took me 2 months to Pouch Cove, North of St. John’s, in 2007. To make it short: Newfoundland changed my life as an artist (and to a certain extent as a human being as well…): Since I saw and experienced this wilderniss and rough beauty, I began to use video and started to experiment with other digital techniques as well. Moreover, I became a travel addict. I am now collecting most of the footage for my work during residencies abroad, being inspired and challenged by foreign surroundings and phenomena.
So: Can’t wait to take off again!