This project comes out of an investigation on how, historically, Canadians have willfully subscribed to a series of cultural myths in pursuit of a national identity. This phenomena has been attributed to two main factors: first, Canada's relatively small population being spread across its sprawling land; and second, the settler colonial foundation that this country was born out of. Confronted with this fictitious notion of a blank slate, Canada has used myth making as a way to bring its population together around cultural and technological advancements such as: organized religion, the Canadian Pacific Railway, radio communication, national broadcast television, and now the Internet. These technological innovations represent the flow, and spread, of our most precious commodity - personal expression through communication. However, the value and history of the infrastructure that supports these technologies goes largely unacknowledged. There is a willful forgetting of the physical architecture, miles of cables/track, and countless hours of labour that is necessary to create and sustain these means of communication. Focusing on Toronto's infrastructure, this project seeks to develop a better understanding of these physical sites through the act of artistic production in pursuit of deciphering Canada's history of myth making. Hiding in plain sight, Toronto's downtown data centres such as: Equinix Data Centre (45 Parliament St); Cologix Data Centre (905 King St West); and The Toronto Internet Exchange (151 Front Street West) loom just out of view of the public gaze.
© Parker Kay, 2019.
This project is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.