Kent Tate: Arrival & Departure Moving Images & Sound Design - Kent Tate, 11 Min. 12 Sec. 2014

Audio: Remixed ambient on location recording - Single view movie. Crowfoot Glacier, Ice fields Parkway, Banff, Alberta, Canada. During a self-directed film and media residency at The Banff Art Centre I began the development of a video project based on some places on the Continental Divide that intrigue me.

Why are some places deemed important while others are not? Why is so much effort spent to experience the sensation of a certain landscape while others never receive a second glance? In the summer months a seemingly endless stream of vehicles make their way up and down the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper with many stopping briefly at the base of Crowfoot Glacier.

Each morning in the summer tour buses travel north from Lake Louise to the Icefields of the Athabasca Glacier. One of their first stops is the Crowfoot Glacier with the first buses arriving around 10 am. By around 11:30 am the sun is behind the glacier receding the details of the mountain as it becomes more and more of a silhouette when viewed from that parking lot. If one takes a tour bus that leaves Jasper in the late morning, or during the afternoon, the opportunity to see the myriad hues of colours on this formation will be muted or lost.

In 1990 John Urry authored the first edition of his book “The Tourist Gaze.” In a 2001 update John Urry wrote “In a simple sense we can talk of the globalizing of the tourist gaze, as multiple gazes have become core to global culture sweeping up almost everywhere in their awesome wake. There are countless mobilities, physical, imaginative and virtual, voluntary and coerced. Furthermore there is much less ‘tourism’ per se that occurs within specific and distinct kinds of time-space; there is the ‘end of tourism’ within a much general ‘economy of signs” John Urry, “Globalization of the Tourist Gaze”