video: 3:41 min
University of Victoria
With claybank, Elyse spent several years engaged with an urban embankment near the University of Victoria. There, she would sit, contemplate, and listen to the qualities of waves. At times she thought she heard the formation of another language. If she sat long enough, she felt the presence of the bank – its age, its wisdom, its response to her stillness.
… the phantom of a site as an actual place remains, and our psychic, habitual attachments to places regularly return as they continue to inform our sense of identity. And this persistent, perhaps secret, adherence to the actuality of places (in memory, in longing) is not necessarily a lack of theoretical sophistication but a means for survival.
~One Place After Another, Miwon Kwon