Concentrated Geographies is Toronto media artist Tori Foster's first solo show and—making good on its name—the assembled work carefully considers the nature and representation of urban experience. The show features four projects, all of which rely on Processing to manipulate footage of everyday city scenes to explore and abstract movement, routine and emergent behaviour. Movement Portraitsintersects street photography and the slit-scan technique to create compelling images of mid-motion pedestrians and vehicles. The Impossibility of Understanding in the Path of a Torontonianexpands this technique to derive side-scrolling 'timelines' of distinct routes through the city, stacked in a vertical array and displayed in a custom-aluminum case. One Kilometre, Two Minutes adopts footage of an aerial view of the Gardiner Expressway to analyze traffic patterns and represent this 'density data' on a gallery wall with 4,700 map pins. Her most recent work, Pulse Crowds, captures crowd and vehicle movement in dynamic public spaces and uses this footage to create eerie meta-composites – check out the video embedded below.
Keeping in line with her prolonged interest in representing urban flows, Tori Foster’s Cadence transforms vehicular activity into a four-minute loop of flowing streams of animated electromagnetic flip-discs.