MOURNING & MEMORY IN THE AGE OF TOPOCIDE

SITE C

D’ARCY HUTTON
MLA


We live in the age of the mountain removers, the river rerouters, the forest erasers. Landscapes are routinely destroyed or changed irrevocably by
human activity.

Sometimes these changes are cataclysmic, and sometimes insidious. To adapt to these changes, human beings must conceive new personal and collective rituals of grieving and memory. This project develops strategies for mourning and memory in the age of topocide.

This project addresses the Site C dam and the loss of landscape underway in the Peace River Valley as a result. Acts of resistance to Site C are reinterpreted as landscape-based rituals of grief, memory, and reaffirmation of care for the river valley. As mourners assemble meaning from the loss, memories are framed by resistance to the dam, love for the valley, and the agency of the land defenders, rather than helplessness and defeat.

COMMITTEE
Susan Herrington [CHAIR]
Douglas Robb