11.28.12 Islands

[images of the Davis Brownlands taken November 7 with a NIKON D5100]

04.06.12 Eighteen Tombs of Titan II: SAC 571-8

Activated: May 1, 1962
Deactivated: December 2, 1983

Latitude: 31°53'17.42"N
Longitude: 111°23'20.75"W
Nearest town: Palo Alto, AZ

Visited: April 4-5, 2012
Distance from home: 37 miles
CP access advisory: 571-8 is privately owned and posted but I have keys and could escort
you in if you like.

03.26.12 Tree Shaker

Shot 21 March near Green Valley, Arizona.

shake (another's) tree Slang
To arouse to action or reaction; disturb

03.22.12 Eighteen Tombs of Titan II: SAC 571-5

Activated: May 1, 1962
Deactivated: December 2, 1983

Latitude: 31°45'13.40"N
Longitude: 110°53'27.29"W
Nearest town: Continental, AZ

Visited: March 21-22, 2012
Distance from home: 35 miles
CP access advisory: 571-5 is owned by the U.S. Forest Service. Might be posted [no tresspassing] but I wouldn't let that stop you.

03.11.12 the illuminated thread: CODA DVD Release (03.09.12)

Sixteen vignettes completed during the past year, including interviews done in collaboration with the Regenerative Design Center in Mendocino, CA.

03.11.12 The end of the thread.

I’ll be wrapping up The Illuminated Thread in the next month or so to pursue other interests. The collection of implicit rules guiding the project has become increasingly rigid and refined, framing and restricting my practice. Laden with a desire for continuity in the archive and assumptions about what type of piece fits within the Thread, I am (if only subconsciously) overlooking a broader set of creative possibilities, and am predisposed to approach new material in a way that consigns it to fit within the mold of prior work. Additionally, I am beginning to question the value of adding more photographs and video to a world already saturated with this sort of material. I’ve learned much that will be carried forward into future endeavors. My sincerest thanks to everyone who took an interest in the project. I encourage you to explore the archives.

03.06.12 Tucson Commute

Six 30-second clips of vehicular activity in the Tucson metro area. Recorded 26 January (last three) and 28 February (first three) from Sentinel Peak.

03.05.12 Brownlands Screen Test & Camera Trial

A DSLR performance test, shot 9 August 2011. Clips are in chronological order. Related: this post on potential stages and this older dance piece shot at an aircraft scrapyard.

02.25.12 Mildred Amanda Seven Wells Farm


And here's part two.

02.25.12 The Edes Prize for Emerging Artists (2012)


02.21.12 Davis Brownlands Satellite Image

A composite image of the thoroughly surveyed Davis Brownlands-- photographed from space by you-know-who. Download the high-resolution PDF.

01.16.12 Artistic Influences

An incomplete list. Follow most links to Wikipedia entries.

Camilo José Vergara
Werner Herzog
Andrei Tarkovsky
Godfrey Reggio
Hubert Sauper
Hayao Miyazaki
Jan Kempenaers
Cynthia Hooper
Miru Kim
Edward Burtynsky
Trevor Paglen
Hitoshi Ashinano
Center for Land Use Interpretation

01.16.12 Las Delicias

Shot 25 December and 3 January near Tecate, Mexico. Clips remain in chronological order.

01.16.12 The Joy of Infinity: Part 3

(Mendocino B-roll) Audio recorded 30 November, 2011.

10.04.11 John Richardson Noyo Hill Farm

John's farm overlooks Noyo Harbor in Fort Bragg and boasts some of the nicest compost piles around.

Unrelated, here's a short clip of Dr. Richard Miller at the Mendopendence Conference reminding us that we're afraid of talking about both civil disobedience and armed rebellion.

09.08.11 Michael Foley Green Uprising Farm

I’ve moved to the coastal village of Mendocino, CA to produce work about a local sovereignty campaign finding its voice within the watershed. It’s essentially a push for local food and I’ll be visiting farms, granges and dairies to interview figures within the movement. Compositions in this series will begin to tell the regenerative side of the story—green shoots pushing up through the fractured concrete of the industrial model.

Here are three more: Mendopendence Conference, Casparfest and A New Ordinance.

06.20.11 Stages

I'm preparing to shoot another dance piece in ruined space. Site option one is the home ruin in Davis. Below are five test shots of potential stages.

05.16.11 Eostre: Divinity of the Radiant Dawn

[headphones recommended]

Both the inside and outside of the Brownlands Tower were used to make this piece. Shot May 1st, 3rd and 4th. No processing on the audio.

“Little else [...] is known about [Eostre], but it has been suggested that her lights, as goddess of the dawn, were carried by hares. And she certainly represented spring fecundity, and love and carnal pleasure that leads to fecundity.”

-- John Andrew Boyle

05.03.11 AMARG

Shot April 20, 2011 at Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson, AZ. Underling the editing in this vignette is a loose narrative animating the final mission of a phantom fleet and its brooding flight commander. Terry was an excellent guide. For four hours we wandered through the rows of creaking aluminum hulks, finding the beauty she knows well in this strange place.

04.26.11 Lethe: River of Oblivion

"Near the Cimmerii a cavern lies deep in the hollow of a mountainside, the home and sanctuary of lazy Somnus, where Phoebus’ beams can never reach at morn or noon or eve, but cloudy vapours rise in doubtful twilight ... there silence dwells: only the lazy stream of Lethe 'neath the rock with whisper low o'er pebbly shallows trickling lulls to sleep. Before the cavern's mouth lush poppies grow and countless herbs, from whose bland essences a drowsy infusion dewy Nox distils and sprinkles sleep across the darkening world."

-- Ovid, Metamorphoses

bonus: Here’s an audio recording of an industrial cascade along the Los Gatos Creek. The uncomfortable sounding auditory oscillation seems related to the uniformity of the concrete form and the unvarying pace of the water flowing over it.

industrial_cascade_apr.6.mp3 1m 8s

04.24.11 The Fleet Reanimated: a sanctioned visit to the military's repository for disused aircraft

I made a return trip to Tucson last week to photograph the AMARG. Vignette forthcoming.

02.28.11 The Edes Prize for Emerging Artists (2011)

Due today was my completed application for the Edes Prize. The $30,000 grant will be awarded to one recent graduate of The University of Chicago’s Humanities Department. My proposal, available below as a PDF, includes the most up to date version of my artist’s statement plus some well flushed out ideas regarding The Thread and its archive. The work sample DVD included Calciner Rotary Kiln and The Boneyard (AM). Much love to Grace for the editing assistance. Here’s last year’s application for comparison.


amendment: Didn’t get this grant. In fact, I wasn’t even among the top three.

02.28.11 the illuminated thread: REKA DVD Release (02.09.11)

Nine video compositions completed during my three seasons in the Desert Southwest. Includes The Joy of Infinity Part 2 and Cloud Lapse. The first run of 30 are each packaged with a square cut from the pages of New Directions in Japanese Architecture, 1968. This release, as well as several new gifts, have been added to the support section.

02.03.11 Confluence

[headphones recommended]


01.27.11 New Audio

[headphones recommended]

overpass_nov.25.mp3 51s
construction_dec.18.mp3 3m 26s
watertower_dec.26.mp3 4m 31s

01.27.11 Titan Circles

[headphones recommended]

Images of circular objects and surface features found within Titan II launch compounds. Ideally installed as a looped video projection accompanied by quality audio reproduction, particularly at the lower frequencies.

01.25.11 New Artifacts

Polyamide Fabric—received as gift, April 29, 2010 at The Rialto Theatre, Tucson.

Polybutadiene Sphere—found March 15, 2010 crossing San Gorgonio Pass.

01.13.11 Brownlands Return

[images of the Davis Brownlands taken January 9 with a friend's NIKON D300]

This series in intended to supplement ongoing documentation of the site at seasonal intervals. And inspire me to upgrade my camera.

view stage three: part four here.


External Links:

A good blog post on what they describe as a 'post industrial heritage park'. Immerse yourself in a Burtynsky landscape next time in Spain.

Three Berlin-based artists have put together a very interesting project called Wasteland Twinning.

CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed. This incredible architectural survey could be used to sketch out a bicycle-mounted pilgrimage tour of the Soviet Empire’s outlying territories-- if anyone wants to do that. Many of the structures it features are looking beautifully abandoned. Here's a review and a NY times article on the gallery show.

Royal Dutch Shell’s FLNG project is a hypothetical megastructure that, if realized, will be the largest floating object ever constructed. Perhaps more than its scale, the facility’s potential for industrially-scaled disaster has captured my imagination. It’s an audacious challenge to the sea and a measure of our specie’s thirst for fossil energy. The wikipedia entry is good too.

Some photography I wish I’d done: Spomenik by Jan Kempenaers. Those socialists built for permanence and created some objects with undeniable ruin value.

The reinforced concrete constructions of our age represent significant concentrations of embodied energy and will be widely called upon to perform new functions in a deindustrializing world. Here's what the process looks like in Caracas.

Bombings damage Iraq's Largest Refinery. This might be a good time to revisit End Civ.

In Japan, individuals who photograph industrial sites belong to a subculture called Kojo Moe. The "geeky hobby" is another example of the Japanese compulsion to document artifacts of the industrial age. Also see Hashima Island.

view archived external links here.