TESSERAE OF VENUS : GHOSTDANCE

 

Migratory bird clouds above the Sonny Bono Salton Sea Refuge, next to geothermal energy installations. Celestials visit, appear and disappear-women like clouds. Salton Sea, Imperial County, California, along the San Andreas Fault.

Tesserae signal supersaturated carbon and methane topographies of our sister planet, Venus. In California, large scale energy landscapes, from natural gas and geothermal plants to water control, dominate huge landscapes. Could it be here that the first poetics of a future landscape of carbon saturation appear? What does living in a landscape of massive ambient atmospheric threat and beauty feel like? What is the deep connection between our footsteps, our voices, our machines, our breathing and our planet? How are we finding ourselves in these places both beautiful and dangerous, slipping on the sticky tiles of the tesserae, slimed with carbon-laden air, strange brews, and luscious sunsets…

Sites: Sacramento River Delta Natural Gas; Salton Sea Geothermal System; Ballona Wetlands and the California Aqueduct, Los Angeles.

 

2009
HD single or two channel video / 48 khz Dolby stereo audio
Edition of 5 plus 1 AP
1920 x 1080 p; also available in extra long format: 3840 x 1080 or as a two channel work at 1920 x 1080 per screen.
18 minutes

ISEA Belfast, University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2009. Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman.

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