Directions 1. Hwy 101 exit 10
2. Right to Wolfville
3. Right on Cherry Lane 4. Left onto Marsh Hawk Drive
5. Follow to the end, installation is in the pond N 45 09.842 W 064 21.785
Ben Mosher Ben Mosher is an artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia who is Informed by interests of digital and mechanical modes of communicating. With a deep appreciation for writing and graphic visual forms of everyday poetic language have directed and inspired recent micro-communication systems and a meditative and intuitive process of creating. This installation sponsored by
stop Installation Signal (Relate) This work is residing in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Mi'kma'ki is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Mi’kmaq and Maliseet People first signed with the British in 1726. The treaties were not a surrender of lands or resources but recognized the Mi’kmaq and Maliseet titles and established rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. Signal (Relation) was informed by cultures and nations necessity to tell and retell our stories of experiences, passing knowledge on for the benefit of future generations. The work consists of a circle of lights relaying a message in morse code pulses. By passing the message one to the next they enact traditions of storytelling across generations. The importance of storytelling to our collective histories is vital to the survival of any culture. Traditions and practices that make up the fabric of our personal cultures depend on the relation of these practices over the long line from our ancestors to our descendants. Rooting ourselves to the knowledge of our place in the world letting our past inform choices today. I would like to pass forward a recipe for my Nanny's home baked bread. Vera's Bread Ingredients:
1 lb (4-5) Potatoes 3 Cups Walter 4 teaspoons Salt ¼ Cup Shortening (or substituted for Oil)
2 Cups Oats 1 Cup Milk 2 Tablespoons Yeast
3 Tablespoons Sugar 1 Cup Warm Water 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 1 Egg White Instructions:
1. Boil potatoes in the first amount of water (3 Cups) and 4 teaspoons of salt until able to mash. 2. Mash.
3. Add shortening or oil (¼ cup) and oats (2 cups) stir up the mixture.
4. To this mixture add the milk (1 Cup). Let stand.
5. Combine warm water (1 cup) and sugar (3 tablespoons).
6. Add the yeast (3 tablespoons). Let stand until the yeast are very fluffed up.
7. In a large bowl put whole wheat flour (2 cups) add yeast mixture and combine.
8. Next add the mash mixture and combine into the flour and yeast are mixed well.
9. Start adding all purpose flour to the dough 1 cup or so at a time. Keep adding flour until no longer super sticky.
10. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, adding bits of flour.
11. Rise covered, in oven with a bowl of hot water for about 2 hours.
12. Punch down dough.
13. Rise again covered, in oven with hot water until doubled, about 1 hour.
14. Punch down dough again.
15.Line loaf pans with parchment paper.
16. Cut pieces of dough into loaf pans.
17. Spank dough to rid air bubbles.
18. Rise final time in loaf pans covered by tea towel, approximately 1 hour.
19. Preheat oven to 375°F.
20. Brush tops of loaves with egg white.
21. Bake at 375°F for 40 to 60 minutes. Bibliography: Sanger, Peter, Elizabeth Paul, and Alan Syliboy. 2007. The Stone Canoe: Two Lost Mi'kmaq Texts. Kentville: Gaspereau Press. Carson, Anne. 2009. Decreation. New York: Vintage Contemporaries.