Roots, a projection installation by Adam Hogan

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-W A L T E R   B E N J A M I N

Roots is a site specific project that uses projection mapping technology to reposition images onto architectural and urban environments, and acts as a theater to explore a memory-like interpretation of a landscape lost to development. Roots examines the relationship between what we consider developed space and natural landscape by superimposing natural imagery within an urban environment.

As an artist and filmmaker, I am fascinated by humanity’s geomorphological agency within the landscape. Our appetite for resources, design and comfort has made humanity arguably the largest force that sculpts the Earth. I explore our, sometimes tumultuous, relationship with the landscape by developing spaces of contemplation—a space where the viewer can spend time and examine the anthropogenic traces of humanity via the cinematic apparatus and immersion.

It is worth noting that the project does not try to historically represent the landscape that once stood on the grounds of the site, but instead offers the viewer an ethereal, dreamlike vision of a natural space. A foggy, shifting atmospheric memory that is long removed from the built environment surrounding it. To be sensitive to the natural geography and native species found in the region, the raw materials for this project were specifically captured in Arkansas. Filming was focused on the state’s rivers, lowlands, and forests.

Special thanks to Barclay McConnell, the Baum Gallery, University of Central Arkansas, and DXARTS at the University of Washington.

Bio.

Adam Hogan is an artist that works in experimental film and sound with a background in digital and lens based media. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the transdisciplinary program at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art in Washington University in St. Louis.

Hogan makes films and installations employing minimalist and abstract cinematic form that explore the anthropogenic traces humanity leaves on the landscape. He actively pursues work and theory in new media, hybrid and collaborative practices, experimental sound, ambisonics, expanded photography, experimental film, technology (digital and analog) and field studies/expeditions. Hogan is currently based out of Seattle, WA as a member of the Digital Arts and Experimental Media Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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