Cardinal Directions

Various audio recordings from sites of influence.

This idea initiated with the cliche philosophical thought-experiment, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

I originally attached a four track recorder to trees and found the translation way too literal. I instead opted for a more metaphorical expansion of this concept: sites of art historical, sociological, ecological and historical significance.

As the decades decay and years swim over over me, the sites, too, will transfigure, alter, fall apart and metamorphose into something new or lost. I find the modularization of this concept equally compelling: the archive is given a face and data acquires a personality and potential for remembrance and activism.

The Center of the Spiral Jetty

Time Stamp: March 10th, 2015 11:48AM MST

We model our selves after simulations of distant and long dead others.

What happens when computational algorithms model the physical imprint of these ghosts?

What happens when machines remember us?

Do they collate our history into crystallized remnants?

Or does this memory transform?

Catacomb I, 2016
Digital print on metal, transducers, modified audio books
3′ x 6′