The Frank Slide Show 2008–2012
In October 2008, as a scholarship holder of the University of Lethbridge, I came across the Frank rockslide in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Frank Slide occurred approximately a hundred years ago. The rockslide mass covered the entire width of the valley and is barely overgrown even now. The force of the slide is still palpable in its monumentality. I was overwhelmed, and while still on the Crowsnest Path, the first collages arose – a work that unfolded over the following four years.
Ninety-one collages developed in this way over the course of four years. The originals have already partially fallen to pieces, for they were produced quickly and with cheap materials. They were photographed in both analogue and digital formats and examined for further application.
The composition – that is, the cutting and gluing together – takes place, in my mode of practice, very quickly. Observing the images hanging next to each other takes place almost in passing but over longer periods of time. In a rather unconscious way, criteria form which lead to later decisions.
Interestingly, small templates, photographed as slides, can easily be projected twenty times larger; to scale them printed to the same size, however, proves to be impossible. This leads to a renewed reworking of the material, which then leads to much larger formats, which in turn opens up a completely new experiential space. A part of the collages now exists as a print on barite paper. The others are used exclusively for the slide show with sound by Silvia Buonvicini, which was presented in 2012 for the very first time under the title The Frank Slide Show.