[ISEA2015] Artist Statement: Stephen Ausherman – E-SCAPE V: AUTONOMOUS EDITION

Artist Statement

Video (2013)

Filmed in the Florida Keys, the Chihuahuan Desert and the German Green Belt, e-scape v explores the presence of technology in open spaces, revealing with a sense of magical realism the ways in which electronic equipment, infrastructure and refuse can alter our perceptions of the outdoors. In this series of abstract narratives, nature revives a discarded TV, then consumes it; a window on a train both divides and duplicates our view of a mountain landscape; an electric fence supplies power to electric sheep; kabuki beacons stream festive data into an otherwise stagnant swamp; and a Trojan virus, physically manifested to resemble its namesake horse, escapes into the wild. e-scape v was created with the support of Arrow Electronics and scored by the Kevin Costner Suicide Pact.

  • Stephen Ausherman is an interdisciplinary artist and author whose works examine cultural imprints on otherwise natural spaces. He served as Artist-in-Residence at Bernheim Forest in 2012 and Cape Cod National Seashore in 2010. He was also the 2005 Writer-in-Residence for Bernheim Forest, Devils Tower National Monument, and Buffalo National River. He lives in (and wrote the definitive outdoor guidebooks on) Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

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