Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Zone A Exhibition Project

Lifecycles, 2012

Suitable for all ages

Lifecycles, 2012

Matthew Moore - Phoenix, USA

Video Installation

Lifecycles is a six-screen, circular video installation that transforms David Pecaut Square with imagery of vibrant microscopic growth cycles. Using time-lapse photography, the installation combines brilliant visual imagery with sounds of microscopic plant growth and original musical arrangements to highlight the intimate time-based processes integral to agriculture. Bridging nature and culture, Moore's installation creates a space for natural cycles at the heart of an urban setting that often overrides such rhythms.

As the last of four generations to farm his family's land outside of Phoenix, Arizona, Moore has made landscape transformation and development pressures the ongoing subject of his art practice, transposing his responses to these issues in creative expressions of environmental and economic sustainability. Suburban sprawl inspired Moore to create the Digital Farm Collective, a non-profit whose goal is to document the most important daily process of agriculture, the growing process in the field. Building this international visual archive, Lifecycles offers not only a glimpse of historical land use but suggests alternative futures for contemporary urban landscapes.

Based in Phoenix, Matthew Moore works with video and installation to address ecological, cultural, and economic issues. Moore’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, from the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. Moore’s project Lifecycles was presented at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as a part of the New Frontiers Program. He has been awarded a Creative Capital Grant to support the work of the Digital Farm Collective.


David Pecaut Square, 221 King Street West (West of Simcoe Street)

This project is outdoors.