HOMES: The Great Lakes Institute, 2008

HOMES was a relational performance/installation work that was presented as part of Ice Follies 2008 in North Bay, Ontario. The work involved renovating a pre-existing ice fishing hut and turning it into a portable office. The office was transplanted onto frozen Lake Nipissing wherein Derek Knight, Melissa Smith and myself met with locals to discuss various subjects including Lake Nipissing receiving official Great Lake status. Many people opposed this notion as they associated the Great Lakes with pollution, industry and over-population. An index card filing cabinet was an important part of this office where visitors could add, take or leave information regarding their relationships with Lake Nipissing and its ecologies.