My body of work deals with issues of place, territory, and the relationships that humans have with their environments. My recent video work is a 5 part cycle of essay videos entitled Solastagia. This series takes climate change, extinction, and the Anthropocene as conditions for dealing with the affective experience of the present.
My approach to video-making is to utilize the uneventful, often sensuous and atmospheric contextualizing imagery that typifies “B-roll”. In film conventions “B-roll” is footage used in transitions, to mark time, and provide physical context. I place it in a central role—a gesture that highlights the everyday and the seemingly inconsequential. To this footage, I graft text (blogs, product descriptions, overheard conversations, responses on forums) in a process that is a bit like collage; I add sound, narration, and new footage in an additive process. This approach speculates and figures uncertain futures, avoiding a fixed identity, either in authorship or narrative voice and resists notions of predictive knowing or expertise. My work is also informed by ongoing solo and collaborative projects exploring how nature figures into commercial imagery in Hollywood and advertising through computer generated imagery, particularly in considering how CGI is used in composing fantasies of nature, or in fusing nature and commodities in brands and advertisements.
For the Open Sessions program I will be focusing on recording the Anthropocene, through an exploration of the mark-making that geologists are examining–the material effects that are measurable on the earth’s outer surface–to determine if we have entered this new epoch.