This is a film still from Lake Linnet, in Waterton Lakes National Park, where I’ll be spending some time in a few weeks conducting interviews.
The film still shows a line in process by Jenaya Webb, an open water swimmer, anthropologist, and librarian, who I work with in parks and protected areas. We swim in lakes as a way to explore the thick description of gestures, ethnographic fieldwork, lines, the history of abstraction in film and photography, performance, and the social life of rumours. All of these form part of my experimental toolkit to contest the monumentality of colonial archives and interrupt the effect these objects have on the way we relate to parks.
We’ve filmed swims in Waterton Lakes and Banff National Parks since 2013.