Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), Six Nations of the Grand River Territory transformer
video and sound
Site-specific installation in one of the silos at Ontario Place for in/FUTURE: a public art and music festival presented by Art Spin in association with Small World Music Festival
Part of The TOM’s Canadian Spirit 2012-2017 Offsite Public Art Program
My photographic, video and sculptural works are a study of the Haudenosaunee restorative aesthetic and event-based actions that define condolence. transformer is activated via reciprocity of the body/receptacle and the layered recordings of live video feedback installations, parts made on site. This creates a repetitive analog signals replicating the intense oratory and performative phenomena of condolence and a mnemonic visual. This liminal space offers a temporal unfolding and a metaphysical embrace. The message absorption of the signal/notification of renewal white wampum strings, (conduits of codified quahog shell beads) is at once a personal confrontation of metaphysical displacement and continuum of performative burdens of condolence to elevate the mind and to countervail complex trauma, dissociation and the existential loss of self, further amplified with my attempts at language; Kanien’kehá:ka as the entry point.