Margaret Pearce: Interference // Traversal Artist Residency


During the residency, Margaret Pearce will be working on a map outlining the ways Southerners pollute Inuit Nunangat, and in so doing, interfere with Inuit self-determination and destroy global cooling and the balance of the earth. These interferences include our greenhouse gas emissions, our hydro-dam releases, and our shipping pollution: a multitude of harmful actions in motion. It is hard to portray the movements of so many large numerical data sets in print cartography without lapsing into the complacency of spectacle. The Traversal Residency is an opportunity to experiment with animation as a method of uncovering what is difficult to narrate in print. By interfering with Pearce’s usual materials and techniques, Interference will make room for insights that printed matter has blocked. Might animation reciprocate with new language about motion, to help this printed map guide us to our personal responsibilities to change? Presented as part of Traversal Residency Series co-presented in partnership with the Public Visualization Lab and Trinity Square Video; funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The Traversal Artist Residency is cross-institutional partnership between Trinity Square Video (TSV) and Public Visualization Lab (PVL) at OCAD University to reimagine the creative residency model for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) artists and designers, in which they are represented and empowered to reflect the plurality of identity in the digital age. The five thematic residencies, each of a ten-day duration, will feature local and international BIPOC artists and designers who insert narratives of resistance, difference, and social change in creative practices using data and technology.