Tornado Pod (Ontario Place, Toronto)
Tornado Pod was developed for "In/Future", a project that temporarily reclaimed Ontario Place, a decomissioned but still iconic site on Toronto’s waterfront. Tornado Pod contemplated its venue; a place formerly used to educate and amuse the public, now with an uncertain future. This installation occupied a concrete silo formerly dedicated to a tornado display, part of the defunct immersive exhibit The Wild World of Weather. Tornado Pod picked up on the dualities and tensions built into weather itself—the chaotic exterior of the tornado which houses a calm centre. Bringing soft, delicate materials and sounds into the reverberant interior chamber, away from the crowds, visitors encountered a space for listening and slowing down, a self-reflexive world of memories and feelings. The voice of a woman and a child were layered into an ambient audio score that referred to the unpredictably of the wind, the passage of time, and mechanisms to prepare for what is to come. Tornado Pod drew parallels between internal states of uncertainty and the unknowable future, as exemplified by the unpredictable work of weather. In the same way, Tornado Pod contemplated its venue, as a space where public and private experiences have overlapped and collided since 1972.