Helga Hizer

Hole in the Water, 2014

05:26 HD video loop

Hole in the Water, 2014

Installation View

Site specific video and installation, Hole in the Water, was created in residence at Ox-Bow School of the Arts. The site has a history of landscape interventions that not only physically changed the landscape but also drastically changed cultural history. The Ox-Bow lagoon, once a vital part of the Kalamazoo river, was used by traders to transport goods. As industrialization spread along the river, a canal was constructed for large boats that had difficulty navigating the river’s twists and turns. Rerouting the waters current caused sand dunes to shift creating the Ox-Bow Lagoon. A site that was once a respite for market driven traveling became an artist’s haven. Contemporary objects and materials from the site were employed to recreate the action of small trade boats that once navigated through the waters.