Based on the beautiful lie of "terroir" - the concept that time, place and human endeavor can be expressed in a vintage bottle of wine - this project examines how the relatively shallow history of colonial agricultural settlement in this province might be encapsulated in its people. Taking advantage of McIntosh’s training as a sommelier and the ergonomics of serving wine, the work allows for the consideration of our bodies as vessels of myth, history, lies, desire and geography.

From this research, three projects are emerging.

Walking Projects: “Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting" in collaboration with Chris Bose

Terroir: pouring, speaking, drinking – geographically specific servings of stories and booze. 

Terroir: Aegis – dreams, drink, desire, the body on the land

Some of the research is documented on this blog, Enoteca McIntosh.


Over the last five years BOP’s David McIntosh has been creating site-specific works that explore the traces of lives lived amongst the structures and histories that surround us. Sometimes these have taken the form of live performances, lounge acts, guided tours, books, or downloadable audio files for specifically prescribe walking routes. Over the last two years, Terroir has been a research project he has undertaken to extend these concerns to a larger context.

This long-term project addresses settler relationships to indigenous territory through the prism of agriculture, resource extraction and alcohol. Research for Terroir has been supported by a residency at the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CICACC) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, and by the visiting artist program at The University of British Columbia Okanagan, in Kelowna. As part of these residencies BOP recently brought its mobile research and improvisation performance vehicle Bob’s Salon to both Kelowna and Kamloops for performances in collaboration with local artists.
One of the conversations arising out of Bob’s Salon and McIntosh’s Terroir research is an on-going dialogue with Kamloops-based artist Chris Bose. In reaction to each other’s works - Bose’s book The Apology (a book of poems in response to the text of the federal government’s Residential School apology), and McIntosh’s “PodPlay” Portside walk (a web-based downloadable guided walk that ruminates on what we mean by “sorry”), they have decided to collaborate on Walking Projects: “Vancouver, crawling, weeping, betting" in the upcoming year.