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The Wood and Wave Each Other Know - with Miruna Dragan

2011




















                 

Daniel Bosch is a wildfire lookout in Northern Alberta, Canada. Every day, from April to October, he looks out upon the treetops from the eight by eight foot cabin of the tallest tower in the province. Dan is also a self-taught musician. While living in the woods, he crafted a cello from a solid block of spruce and then taught himself to play it. Because the cello was too big to fit in the cage of the tower’s one hundred and twenty vertical steps, Dan made a body-less version, allowing him to practice during his many hours inside the tower’s cabin. By wedging the practice cello between the edge of a small worktable and the cabin’s fiberglass octagonal cupola, Dan discovered that he could more than compensate for the instrument’s lack of a body. The cabin itself becomes the resonant chamber and the tower becomes the instrument within which the cellist plays. Now, the lookout tower broadcasts Dan’s music into the immensity of the landscape and the trees become his audience. The Wood and Wave Each Other Know is a video work documenting this activity; the camera constantly pans 360 degrees out of the cupola’s windows, while Dan plays a number of improvised compositions.


HD Video, 38 min. (looping).