This documentary addresses the failure and impending transformation of an icon of Montreal’s modernization, the Turcot highway interchange. ‘Turcot’ investigates the ways in which the discourse of modernist urban design has had a profound effect on the local community. In a contemporary reading of the transformations at play, ‘Turcot’ paints a complex picture of the social and human landscape around this controversial infrastructure project. The installation gives voice to a local resident who will be affected and ultimately displaced by the forthcoming reconstruction of the interchange. By offering the camera to Pierre Zoville, one of many citizens living in the area, ‘Turcot’ demonstrates the intricacies of policies and political processes in the area surrounding Turcot. The interchange has become an incendiary topic, with different stakeholders taking divergent, non-negotiable positions.
Boxes, 1 text panel, 4 channels video
sound, silent, HD, SD
An installation by Victor Arroyo
Canadian Centre for Architecture
November 2012 – March 2013