pixelgrain, a creative research project and web documentary by Michael Alstad in collaboration with Leah Lazariuk, is an online repository of documents and ideas linked to the fading symbol of the Canadian prairie grain elevator. By systematically documenting and mapping these disappearing structures – and interviewing people associated with them – the artists portray a parallel rural community in the midst of transition. pixelgrain also functions as a web portal that utilises Geographic Information Systems and online social networks to create a participatory collaborative document that continues to evolve and grow over time.

pixelgrain was produced by Year Zero One with support from the Canada Council of the Arts, Neutral Ground/Soil Digital Media and the Saskatchewan Film Pool.