"Alfred Waits" by Visual Arts professor Donna Szoke now playing on the Learning Commons Digital Art Wall

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"Alfred Waits" by Visual Arts professor Donna Szoke now playing on the Learning Commons Digital Art Wall

Published on September 26 2012


The work recreates a glimpse into the historic battle site in Queenston during the War of 1812 where General Brock rode his horse Alfred into battle, and Brock was killed. Alfred fled the scene alive, but another soldier mounted Alfred and rode him back into the battle where Alfred was killed.

"The frames, individually hand drawn in simple line drawing, recreate Alfred as both historical fact, and as an artist’s rendering. The project seeks to recreate Alfred, to keep him suspended in an animated video loop where he stand and waits. The resulting animation is both playful and evocative, inviting the viewer to have an experience of visualizing history and imagining other outcomes: what if Alfred had run away? What if he lurks, hiding in the Niagara region?"

The work was created for Here 2012, a site-specific public art project in the Niagara Region.