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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. Though it was associated with witchcraft, the occult, and often dismissed, the use of this alternative technology still persists.

The Orphan Well Adoption Agency (OWAA) is dedicated to finding caretakers for orphan oil and gas wells in Alberta. Visit the Orphan Well Adoption Agency website for more information: www.orphanwelladoptionagency.com An exhibition of this work is currently on view at TRUCK Contemporary Art from September 8 - Oct 14, 2017. Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this work. Thank you also to Paul Vasseur, Karl Zajes, and Bernie Schell of the Alberta Surface Rights Federation. Total Field (video) presents an OWAA field worker investigating various oil well sites.