Role: Production Manager (360 video shoot)

Client: National Film Board

Team: P-F-R, Jasmine Pullukatt, Chantria Tram, Benjamin Barton, et al.


In the summer of 2016, residents of Cathedraltown in Markham, Ontario woke up to a chrome replica of a prize-winning Holstein cow named Charity, suspended on eight-metre tall stilts in the centre of a crescent-shaped park. This mirrored object was intended to reflect the agricultural history of the area, and was strategically positioned so the cow could see the top of the Cathedral from which the suburban development takes its name. Protested by the community
that felt the sculpture did not represent them, the story of Charity the cow inadvertently raised questions of how public art could exist in a suburban context, what such work could possibly look like, and whose narrative of a landscape was worth representing.

Charity traces the story surrounding this sculpture, from its construction through to the controversy of having it removed. Set inside of a 360 video environment, the project brings together municipal archival documents, location filming, performance, and the aesthetic of digital real estate walkthroughs in a hybrid experimental moving image work envisioned itself as form of digital public art.