Theme: Machine

Work

Desiring Machine


2008

Work

Dendrite


1993

Work

World Between


1997

Work

Land-Scope:The Machine in the Garden


1993

Work

1985-1990


1990 and Previous

I see technology and nature as inteconnected parts of a whole. The work grouped in this category looks at connections and interfaces between multiple natural and cultural overlays on the landscape. It is informed by a an ecological world view and attempts to elucidate the interaction of commensurable ‘spheres’ of the natural, the cultural and the mental (psychological) that can be overlaid upon each other like the transparent plastic sections of the human body in the Encyclopedia Brittanica.
The branching of a tree, the root directory of a website, the dendritic logging incursions into old-growth forest visible on Google Earth, the infinitely intricate tracery of the lungs or vascular system of the human body are to me structurally and conceptually homologous. These images can be read on the more abstract level of bifurcating systems that distribute matter and consciousness through the intricately interlinked networks and channels of the “Mechanosphere” (Deleuze and Guattari’s image of a human-built infrastructure replacing the natural, spreading over the globe), the “Noosphere” (theologian Teilhard de Chardin’s notion of the sphere of shared consciousness or sentience), and the Biosphere (biologist James Lovelock’s term for the living skin of the planet). I see these spheres as parts of an interconnected system of feedback loops mutating, evolving and recombining in an endless exchange of energy and information.