Northern (2005) by Althea Thauberger, video, 8 min, Canada

Set in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, in what used to be a protected wilderness preservation area, Northern is performed by tree-planters playing themselves. Northern’s (un)natural setting juxtaposes a slash-filled clear-cut site contiguous with magnificent alpine forest, the drama of both the scenes accentuated by the performers’ choreographed actions and the camera’s trajectory. Shot in one continuous take on a single role of film, the work directs our attention to the relationship between historical and contemporary depictions of the land and national identity, along with other related social and political themes.