When we look back on our lives, images and objects spark memories and personal identity.
This notion of tying a memory to an object was the inspiration behind PEG. The project is an interactive art piece that allows those who discover it to both, alter its appearance, as well as keep a small portion of the installation as a souvenir.
The installation consists of a large, sculptural map of Winnipeg, which becomes the initial interaction the viewer has with the “object.” When looking at a map, people automatically link their own personal identity within it; where they live, where they work, where they are currently standing in relationship to the map. This specific map of Winnipeg is created through cuts and etches in the roads and rivers allowing light from behind to shine through.
It draws attention, even from afar, through the glow it emits in the recognizable shape of the Assiniboine and Red River. The rivers are the city’s cultural and social foundation, it therefore will glow the brightest throughout the evening. Lining the streets and roads of the map will be several hundred small holes housing removable Pegs.
Those that visit the piece will find a location within Winnipeg that resonates with them, and remove a Peg from that spot. Upon removal, a string, fastened to the back of the map at one end, will be pulled through the map by the Peg, allowing for the other end to dangle. The small hole, which held the Peg, will allow more light from behind to shine through.
In exchange for their Peg, visitors will find squares of paper and pens to write a memory, sparked by the map, and tie it to the dangling string. The piece will evolve over the evening, with visitors leaving their mark and becoming part of the art. As more of the public removes Pegs; the more the map will become illuminated in the night.
Through their impact on the piece, visitors keep a small momentum to remind them of both this event, and their identity within Winnipeg. Each Peg is designed to fit on a key chain. It is anticipated that this simple object will create future connections and conversation among strangers who have a shared memory through an object found at Nuit Blanche.
This wooden piece will be adorned with the coordinates of Winnipeg: 49° 53’ N 97° 8’ W. In the bottom, right corner of the map will be an info-graphic of how to interact with the piece:
- 1) Take a Peg
- 2) Make a Trade
- 3) Leave Your Mark
- 4) Keep Your Memory
Part of the success of the installation will be the different interpretations of this info-graphic, and thus, the different interactions individuals will have with it. By the end of the evening, the more light shining through the map, and the more markings depicting the presence of its visitors; the more successful PEG will be.
PEG is an Emerging Voices Open Call Project funded by Winnipeg Arts Council.