Going now here slowly

Single-channel video (2019)

“Going now here slowly.” is a single-channel, split-screen video that juxtaposes Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet against the unpaved switchback highway known only as “The Hill” and ends with the repetitive cycles of thatching ants. The work presents the two views as companion pieces; between the inertia and transition of the journey down the twisting road along with enduring repetition and imminent cycles. It is at once in flux and in stasis; changing and repeating; it explores the struggle against inertia while fighting against inevitable change; going now here slowly.

Video sources:

Water – Burrard Inlet, BC, Musqueam, Sḵwxwú7mesh and Tsleil-waututh territory.

Road – “The Hill”, unpaved switchback highway, elevation 1524 metres between Tsilhqot’in territory (Chilcotin Plateau) and Nuxalk territory (Bella Coola, BC).

Ant Hill – thatching ants, Treaty 8 territory (Cree and Dené), plateau overlooking the Site C dam construction, Peace River, BC.

The production of this project was supported by the BC Arts Council.

Side note:

“Going now here slowly.” began as an interactive a/v installation called Both Sides, Now, with assistance from Niel McLaren, an installation prototype was created in November of 2016. It was never fully realized.

In 2019, a single channel video renamed “Going now here slowly.”, a play on ‘going nowhere fast’, was created from video taken for the original artwork. A sound composition by Hendrix called [Outside Under The Stairs] was added to this edit. By using video from various areas of British Columbia, Gendron and Hendrix bid farewell to their life on the West Coast which ended in 2016.

Video: Julie Gendron
Sound: Emma Hendrix