Jill R. Baker
THE UNTITLED BOMBSITE PROJECT
Memories and re-tellings accumulate in fragments of images and sounds of time and place. We rely on local story, memory, and translations, with all their repetitions, pauses and unfinished thoughts, contradictions and speculations. In The Untitled Bombsite Project, we weave human history and natural history together in a re-telling of a story about a Japanese Pilot who dropped four bombs in the forest off the Southern Oregon Coast in 1942. We explore the landscape where an event took place and pause on the ocean, the forest, and the tree that brought a pilot and a town together. We listen to a story in which landscape continually interrupts narrative to give privilege to memory over history, and to the idea of representing place over representing the past.