Using footage from the site and temporally specific event Tom Thomson Centennial Swim as the cornerstone of the piece, a forthcoming video installation of the same title is under development. Footage from the swim from multiple points of view including underwater, body-cam, mobile units (from boats), drones, and stationary positions along the route, are combined with shots of the lake and locations featured in Thomson’s paintings. Synchronized swimmers who signal the passage of time, provide connection between the swim and Thomson’s death through a choreographed routine that was performed at several locations along the swim route. The duration of the piece mirrors the length of the event which was approximately 1 hour.
This work is supported through grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.