ARCTICNOISE is a media installation by Geronimo Inutiq (madeskimo) that draws on film footage and sound materials source from the Isuma Archive at the National Gallery of Canada, as well as sound and film materials from the artist's personal collection and other ethnographic material. Conceived as an Indigenous response to Glenn Gould's celebrated composition "The Idea of the North". Inutiq will appropriate Gould's piece as a musical score, paired with new voices and imagery to produce a layered and multi-vocal work.
Since the date of production of Glenn Gould's "The Idea of North" (1967), Inuit - and Canada - have seen some important changes in terms of territorial and cultural definitions. The implementation of the Nunavut Land Claims agreement, for example, has seen the Inuit of that region enter into a historic exchange with the government of Canada. Because of this, the sense of the North as "the frontier" has been breached or transcended. Through the combination of the implementation of new political agreements and the mass deployment of high-tech methods of mapping geography and culture, no long is it a mystery what "lies beyond". We have google-mapped nearly everything, and anthropologists and scientists have catalogued the culture and genome of mankind.
The exhibit at the grunt gallery is the first iteration of the ARCTICNOISE installation, and uses Raspberry Pi computers for integrated media players. These were chosen for their low cost and small size - allowing for a large variety of options in presentation and deployment. For the grunt exhibition, projectors were chosen but in other contexts small or large lcd screens may be used, and the content itself may be adjusted the exhibit takes on new spaces. One goal of the exhibit is to evoke the sense of technology of the time that has passed between 1967 and a few years ago - when society at large was still transitioning from a Standard Definition television broadcast paradigm towards a High Definition one.