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In Blood and Bone asks how dowsing might shift our relationships to natural resources, technology, and place, while examining remediation, care, and the reliability of information. Last year, the Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) began investigating new methods of remediation through the practice of dowsing at orphan well sites in Alberta. Dowsing or ‘water-witching’ is a form of divination used to locate ground water, oil, sites, information and objects. The Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) is dedicated to finding caretakers for orphan oil and gas wells in Alberta. OWAA workers have been using dowsing to receive information from orphan wells. Total Field (video) presents an OWAA field worker dowsing at orphan oil well sites. Dark forces emerge at the sites, taking the form of neckties, and the powers of the dowsing rod are put to the test.

This work was presented at TRUCK Contemporary Art from September 8 - Oct 14, 2017. Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts for a project grant in support of this work. Thank you to Paul Vasseur, Karl Zajes, and Bernie Schell of the Alberta Surface Rights Federation. Photos: M.N. Hutchinson and Alana Bartol

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