Model Earth (DV, 11:48 looped, 2012) is a video collage of many layers of highly processed animated gif files downloaded from science journals, research institutes, and professors' nerdy homepages.
The resulting imagery is synched to an original composition built from sound files also appropriated from the sciences, including radio astronomy, archives of early NASA missions, field recordings of animal vocalizations, and data sonification experiments, with an emphasis on noises that are periodic in nature and suggestive of musical structure.
The source imagery was originally created as a concrete embodiment of data, a mathematically logical model, a determinate outcome of a computer simulation, or a rational result of the scientific method, but the artist was attracted by its otherworldly forms, its hypnotic movement, its psychedelic colors, and the digital textures which result from the ever evolving technologies used in its generation.
The landscape theme emerged from representations of the planet from Earth Science, Geophysics, Climatology and Ecology, in combination with visual metaphors such as the mountains that appear in line graphs.
Ghostly or otherworldly presences appear when discrete biomorphic forms friss with the mournful cries of animals in heat and extraterrestrial ionospheres.
As our simulations grow ever more powerful, the uncontrolled wildlands are diminished. Our understanding of the world proceeds in parallel with its destruction, but we are mesmerized, intoxicated and transfixed.
I was asked to create a short video statement about this piece:
Model Earth is an extenuation of the process used to create the Pleasure video for Blondes, with which it shares many visual and conceptual similarities. I consider the process of editing these animations to be a kind of drawing; this and an interest in landscape has influenced my 2012 Series drawings.