pit//ch la/ke

artist statement/

A hand moves a stick in hot pitch, lifting it to show its viscosity, how it pours back into itself, into the ground. Carved deep into the landscape, its sporadic pools, reeds bending in the breeze and dark textured surface are malleable to the heat, wind and rain. Pitch Lake in southwest Trinidad holds the largest natural deposit of asphalt in the world. Indigenous folklore tells of its creation as punishment by the Great Spirit, for the death of a sacred hummingbird. "pit//ch la/ke" explores acoustic ecology in relation to culture, how the soundscape is socially defined along historical, ecological and spiritual axes.

Medium: videoart
Duration: 00:02:20
Created: 2016

Subject Matter: sociolinguistics, acoustic ecology

Aspect ratio: 16:9
Digital file type: .mov
Recording format: HD
Sound: Yes
Colour/ B&W: Colour
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Close Captioning: No

Cast: unknown
Camera & audio: J. Ramlochan
Visual & sound editor: J. Ramlochan
Production Locations: La Brea, Trinidad / Toronto, Canada
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