Bicycle Dérives takes a panoramic view of rural communities by following the fissures and seams that lie behind the façade of a town. Prairie towns are at a unique point in their evolution; some in a form of stasis, some thriving, but the majority are in a state of decline or hollowing out. The bicycle opened up the field of view of the external and internal forces that are at play in creating these places of home. To engage in this discussion one needs to wander, move aimlessly, driven only by the unfolding landscapes of the place.
Bio: Ted McLachlan is passionate about the Prairie landscape. He is a Landscape Architect and Senior Scholar in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Manitoba. McLachlan has spent the past four decades studying the prairies as a palimpsest where previous ecological and cultural layers have been swept aside and where fragments stubbornly remain to be read and enrich future transformations. Through numerous exhibits of his photographs, articles and lectures he explores the driving forces of landscape change and how our perceptions have shifted over time.