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.

Turcot. Narratives of Displacement
Installation
Boxes, 1 text panel, 4 channels video
sound, silent, HD, SD
24 mins.
2012

An installation by Victor Arroyo

Starring
Pierre Zovilé

Creative Consultant
PK Langshaw

Research Consultant
Patrick Barnard

Post-production Coordinator
Benoit Chausse
Phil Hawes

Music
Mogwai Fear Satan.
(Mogwai remix, LP version).
Kicking a Dead Pig.
Interpreted by Mogwai.
1998.

Adagio for Strings.
Second Movement.
String Quartet, Op 11.
Samuel Barber.
1936.

Archival Footage

L’ Automobile.
NFB/ONF.
1972.
Produced by Normand Cloutier.
Directed by Michel Regnier.

Manufactured Landscapes.
2007.
Mercury Films. NFB.
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal.

La Transcanadienne.
1968.
Directed by Henri Michaud.

The Way It Is
4th Episode on the series
‘How We Live the Land’.
1969.
CBC.

Échangeur Turcot, l’urgence d’agir.
Le Téléjournal.
2009.
RadioCanada.

La construction à Montréal-ponts, tunnels, viaducs.
INFOMAN.
2011.
RadioCanada.

The New Decarie Interchange.
2010.
Transports Quebec.

The Pimento Report #14.
2009.
by Patrick Barnard.

The Pimento Report Extra!
Mobilisation Turcot en Outremont.
2011.
by Patrick Barnard.

The Pimento Report #35.
2011.
by Patrick Barnard.

Pour un Turcot Moins Retro!.
2011.
by Patrick Barnard.

High Above Verdun.
2010.
Directed by Technovid750.

Lyrics Fragment From
‘Malgré Tout on Rit à Saint-Henri’
by Raymond Levesque.

Thanks to

Le Groupe de Recherche Urbaine
Hochelaga Maisonneuve de Montreal.
GRUHM.

Mobilisation Turcot.

Biblioteque et Archives Nationales du Quebec BANQ.

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