[ISEA2012] Artist Talk: Dennis Summers – THE ARK

Artist Statement

The Ark consists of a decaying wooden ship roughly 40 feet long. Inside, there are 100 small digital screens. Each displays a still image of a local endangered plant or animal. To depict the extent of earth’s ecological problems, the species range from the photogenic jaguar to the homely moss beetle. A motion sensor located at the entrance is tripped by a person’s entry, each entry will switch off a different screen to symbolize the extinction of that species and the ecological destruction wrought by human progress. The destruction continues until all screens are off; until all species are extinct.

  • Dennis Summers,¬†Torrean, NM, USA