The Commute

For The Commute:A portrait of the body in movement
I’ve decided to document – using video, photo and text – my cycling commutes from home to work during a one-week period (Monday to Friday). This commute takes me from downtown Toronto to Kettleby (a place just north of the city) which is about 46.5 km each way. During this week I will upload and catalogue my documentation and collected data to the Elusive Body blog site including GPS information and my body's vital stats. With each day's log viewers encounter detailed route maps with accompanying graphs representing my heart rate, cadence and speed fluctuations along with elevation statistics. The data collected will be analyzed and used in my work – as a means of creating video montages that mix found footage and source material collected during my cycling commutes. The sequencing, editing and pacing of these montages will be the result of a calculation based on my fluctuating heart rate, speed and cadence.
The Elusive Body
blog is the first stage of a multimedia installation scheduled to open April 2010 at Forty Seven Gallery. This project continues my investigation of the relationships between space and the body, gesture and the individual, embodiment and notions of the self.