This interactive multi-channel projection attempts to make visible the relationships between landscape, history and those who briefly inhabit these expanses.
MarDesierto/DesertSea, attempts to make visible the relationships between landscape, history, and those who briefly inhabit these vast expanses. Our personal and universal feelings of connection to history and landscape through memory are but a glimpse into the network that connects us. This interactive installation considers not just roles of the artist and viewer in the act of remembering, but the sea, the desert, the wind, the salt, the earth, and the light in this process—the way that the non-human elements exert their existence and connect us to history, time, and geography.
Four projections come together in the shape of a grand altarpiece. An image of a vast desert scrolls along infinitely at a snail’s pace. Completely visible in the side panels, it only sometimes appears above the horizon of a vast sea in the center. Here, three separate projections of the sea combine as they are mapped onto each other. Each is composed of only one of the primary colors of light. The three projections are registered spatially but not temporally. The result is a hyper-real image moving at a hypnotic pace, where white crests are produced when the three moments of waves coincide at specific points. The full spectrum of visible light is revealed in the many points of rhythmic discord. When a viewer enters the space, he or she disrupts the path of light, obscuring portions of the spectrum to reveal other brighter colors and also to simplify the multi-layered image of the sea by subtracting time, space, and light.