Dominion is a video project mapping the western Canadian landscape in satellite
imagery. It is intended as a critique of modern attempts at colonization and exploitation
The Dominion Land Survey (DLS) was a mapping project implemented from 1871 to
rapidly divide the prairies into plots for settlers. Along with the construction of the
railways, the DLS was a key tool in the transformation of western Canada from a cultural
and natural environment shared by First Nations, into a machine for producing crops
Lawrence Bird practices in the visual arts, architecture, and urban design. He has an interest in imaging technologies and space, especially politically and culturally charged space -- cities and regional landscapes. His artwork focuses on the moving and sequential image, including video exploration of urban sites, projection mapping and installation, and short films. Since 2012 he has been developing a body of videos and projections focused on anomalies in popular imaging and mapping programs; Dominion is the most recent of these projects. Lawrence's work has been installed in Winnipeg, Halifax, Toronto, London, Greenwich, Brussels, and Manizales with support from the Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Winnipeg Design Festival and StorefrontMB. In his life as a designer, he works with pico ARCHITECTURE, a practise focusing on ethical, sustainable, and social design; he helps out with roles at Sustainable Building Manitoba and the Green Action Centre.