Giant’s Head, 2067

Curtis Grahauer. Giant’s Head, 2067. 2019. 16 mm film, black and white, sound. Music by Stephen Carl O’Shea.

Giant’s Head mountain is a dead volcano that rises from the centre of Summerland, British Columbia. From the mountain’s peak aerial views of the town and its surrounding residential and agricultural areas extend to the mountains climbing west. At the top, under a monumental boulder and encased in concrete, is a time capsule to be opened on July 1st, 2067. Using Giant’s Head summit as a point of speculation, this film uses the lens of science fiction to consider how this rural landscape will appear in the future, and to explore the question, what is the ideal amount of change in a landscape over time?

Curtis Grahauer completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2015. His recent exhibitions include As far upriver as you can go before having to switch to a pole at ODD Gallery in Dawson City, A Dark Shape on the Horizon at the Arts Council of New Westminster, and Floodplain at Dynamo Arts Association in Vancouver. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the The Lind Prize in photography, and presented his short film Tidal Pool for Platforms: Coastal City, a public art project for the City of Vancouver. He has participated in residencies in Dawson City, Reykjavík, and Sointula, and currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.

This film was created for the project, Under the Beating Sun, From Summer to Summer.