Completed October 2018, this video and installation were made possible, in part, with an Artist Research Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
Cache is a sculptural land art installation. An 300lb white concrete sculpture was hand-cast to form an 8ft x 5ft fossilized motherboard circuit. It was transported into the Mohave desert and settled into the landscape just outside Joshua Tree National Park. A collection of previously recorded NASA satellite images was enlisted — each one a survey, a moment of human impact on our planet. Once projected onto the sculpture, each image becomes a beautiful distortion of human-caused patterns; fragments of data that create brilliant color, light and form as they contour within the topography of the fossilized motherboard details.
This process was captured within a time lapse video spanning from dusk until dawn. Daylight hours reveal the bone-white fossil with little evidence of glowing patterns. As dusk proceeds, colorful forms of data and patterns emerge. They slowly develop in to a peak of visual brilliance in the dark of night only to recede again in the morning twilight as the new day begins.
The time-lapsed photography and video produced by LA-based artist Sean Deckert. And special thanks to many others who lent insights, sweat and skillsets to help bring this art installation into reality. Documented on location at the amazing Bungalow in the Boulders in Joshua Tree where the sculpture will remain.