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WATCH: Traces of Wind and Water, Installation Documentation, 2:43 min, 2016


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Traces of Wind and Water

This video installation is made up of three sections: one section visually replants large trees on the site, their swaying tops visible from the street below; another transforms the Strand into an architectural/natural waterfall with a constant flow; and in the third, wild grasses spring up and dance in the wind. The sections rotate throughout the night.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is made possible through the Boston Artists in Residence Program of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Department of Neighborhood Development and the Parks and Recreation Department. Additional support has been provided by luminArtz of Boston, MA.

    Traces of Wind and Water was based on researching the history of the site: Upham's corner has been a vibrant neighborhood for hundreds of years and The Strand Theatre is itself historic, built in 1918 as a "movie and vaudeville palace," so projecting moving-image content on to it ties directly with that history. Looking to the land - before Dorchester was annexed to Boston in 1870, it was a rural farming community for over two-hundred years. Prior to that, Native Americans from many tribes including the Wampanoag, Pequot, Nipmuck, and the Massachuset, had developed agriculture in the region, used the woods for hunting and were highly skilled in navigating the waters. And to look even further back, past the thousands of years native tribes were on the land, over 16,000 years ago, glaciers (that had covered the state with thousands of feet of ice during the last Ice Age) began to retreat. The glacier's deposits and the water from the ice melt, shaped many of the rock, land and water formations of the region. 

    I chose to highlight the site's connection to these many layers of complex history, wanting us to be aware of our present moment, our feet on the ground, our eyes to the sky, but to feel connected to the larger world, the larger history, remembering that through it all, there has been the wind, and the water. 

All footage was filmed by Georgie Friedman.

The trees and grasses footage was filmed in Millennium Park, August, 2016.

Related links:

Boston AIR


Department of Neighborhood Development

Strand Theatre

Parks and Recreation Department

Upham's Corner history - Interactive Map - Traces of Wind and Water


Here’s the story behind the new nature-inspired installation in Upham’s Corner, Meagan McGinnes, | Culture/Arts, Oct 13, 2016




Altering the City: Video Landscape


Georgie Friedman has been selected as one of three artists for The City of Boston's new Artist in Residence program (Boston AIR).

Her project will consist of a video projection of natural elements on existing architecture, designed for a specific outdoor public space in a Boston neighborhood.

The site will be determined after gathering input and working with the Dept. of Neighborhood Development, The Parks Dept., and community groups. Submit your suggestions here!

The video installation is currently proposed to be on view nightly Mid October - Mid Nov 2016.

One artistic goal of this project is to bring natural world imagery into the middle of Boston to re-emphasize our connections to natural and built environments. Another goal is to activate a location in an unexpected way that creates a new way of experiencing something familiar: perhaps it will bring us out of our everyday busyness or stress, just for a moment, by creating an element of surprise, a moment of peacefulness, a space to recall memories or observe something new.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is made possible through the Boston Artists in Residence Program of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation Department and the Department of Neighborhood Development.


Traces of Wind and Water

A video installation by Georgie Friedman

City of Boston, Artist in Residence

On view: October 13 - November 14, 2016


Outside, on the upper, brick, south-facing wall*

543 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125


* Best seen near 531 Columbia Rd, Dorchester, MA 02125

Google street view

Altering the City: Video Landscape

Georgie Friedman, Traces of Wind and Water, Two-channel, Site-specific video installation, Strand Theatre, MA 2016