Mennesetung: the Maitland River Project: Heard before scene
This thesis is an investigation of a performance work created by Gil Garratt between the fall of 2009 and the winter of 2010. The project revolves around a solo kayaking experiment on the Maitland River, from mouth to source. Through the use of video, musicscapes, and site-specific performance techniques Garratt attempts to disrupt functionalist approaches to space and resources with sensual tricks and tactics. The work also considers contemporary Landscape theory as a site for the inspection and disruption of pervasive scopic drives and voyeuristic tendencies in the apprehension of the notion of place.