34 Water Stories @ Kitchener City Hall

Samarian Woman 28 , Christie & Sherwood Systems liquefy rotunda atmosphere.

To create an installation for Kitchener City Hall’s rotunda space, the Samarian Woman 28 collective gathered the words and voices of five women from the local community and captured recordings of water sounds and textures. These recordings are mixed over eight channels to create a stunning surround sound (provided by Sherwood Systems ), accompanied by an immersive water surface projection on the rotunda floor – an image of Grand River watershed, captured at Alder Lake and flowing into the very heart of downtown.

We live because water sustains us and moves us through our entire lives. For women, water represents a particularly compelling force; the tides pull our bodies and our babies are delivered through water.

Check out the artists behind Samarian Woman 28 and their other contribution to the Night\Shift landscape. The collective would like to thank Ivana Jokic and Kasia Czarski-jachimowicz for providing sounds, as well as Heidi Burrows, Julia Krauss, Katie Parks and Tanya Korigan for contributing words.

An enormous thank you to Christie Digital Systems for providing projection capacity for this installation and a handful of other pieces that are spread around the Night\Shift landscape:

Water Stories in the rotunda is enabled by a Christie 10K-M projector ;

Outside, Signature is using the same model to project onto City Hall’s West Wing, as well as two Christie HD18K projectors on the building’s beacon tower (aka The Cube);

Under City Hall’s two outdoor porticos, Apparitions ‘ mirrored pop-up performance spaces rely on two Christie LX601i projectors ;

LUNA makes use of the Centre in the Square’s Christie Roadster HD14K-M projector and its Christie HD8K with ChristieTWIST i mage warping and blending module;

Julie Wynen’s Empty Shoes Project is projecting with the City of Kitchener’s Christie HD8K portable unit.

And without the technical support and expertise provided by Sherwood Systems , neither the stories nor projectors would be immersing us all so deeply THIS SATURDAY (!!!) at #niteshift14!


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Kitchener City Hall (200 King St. W.)
7pm to 2am