(thesis advisor)Marko Tandefelt
(thesis advisor)Evander Batson
(designer)Parsons the New School for Design. Design & Technology Dept.
May 11 2015
Designer's statement: Lostmounta.in™ is a landscape artwork built out of geospatial data and social media assets. Named after a site of mountain- top removal coal mining in Kentucky, it meditates on the connection between the seemingly ethereal engagements of a social media post and the macro-scale alteration of the physical landscape for its natural resources. The infrastructure of our global communication network is now irrevocably embedded in and linked to the terrain. The coal of the earth is transformed into the data of the cloud. This relationship is reflected in the contemporary aesthetic representation of the outdoors, both in fine art practice and social media sharing.
KEYWORDS: landscape, net art, anthropocene, hyperobjects, hypernetworks, semiotics, aesthetics, geography, geology, energy, coal, mountaintop removal
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